First Project Underway For Town Of Essex Shoreline Protection Program

Tuesday August 18th, 2020

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Nick DiCarlo, Town of Essex.

Work on a property in the Town of Essex underway as part of the Essex shoreline assistance loan program.

The program provides property owners with loans, in partnership with a local financial institution, to repair or construct protective works to prevent damage from erosion and flooding. The balance of the loans are transferred onto property tax accounts in the form of a local improvement charge, which are then paid back annually.

Anthony Gagliano, who owns a shoreline property in the Lypps Beach area, is the first landowner to complete the process and begin work on their property. Construction of a 40 meter break wall began two weeks ago and is currently ongoing.

“This was probably the easiest and most preferable process of my project, it would have been really hard for me to access all the funds required at one time and having this option meant that other required work could be done at the same time,” Gagliano said. “I would highly recommend any property owner needing shoreline work to consider this option.”

To date, the town says that more than 30 local landowners have expressed interest in the program. Four are undergoing the application process, with work potentially slated to start this year.

Property owners interested in applying or learning more about the program cant visit the website or email [email protected]

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