by Kyle Swenson
Earlier this summer we told you about a not-so-neighborly shoreline dispute between lakefront property owners in Madison and a wealthy neighboring town (“Sand Blasted”). Homeowners claim their beaches have washed away ever since a marina was built next door in North Perry two years ago.
North Perry, in turn, points a finger at Mother Nature. The town grudgingly agreed to routinely dredge the sand that gets caught at the marina and redistribute it down the coast.
But according to an e-mail sent by regulators to town officials earlier this month, the North Perry may need a bigger shovel. It’s on the hook to dredge some 12,000 cubic yards this summer alone, compared to just 1,500 at the same time last year. And all for a project that was originally predicted to catch only 1,000 cubic yards of sand per year.
“They’re still doing a good job of trapping our sand,” says Ted Lyndall, a Madison homeowner whose 50 feet of beach have been reduced to almost nothing. He and his neighbors are considering a lawsuit, and the defendant won’t be Mother Nature.