Nantucket nabobs need our Ted

The Siasconset  swells are having beach problems

The Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam suggests they need that great Cape Cod beach preservationist Ted Kennedy. The column begins;

A tale of two beaches

Here is one of the great non-stories of the early 21st century: The beach at Siasconset , in Nantucket, home to the meta-rich and the members-only Sankaty Head golf and beach club, is washing into the ocean. So far Neptune has claimed five homes, nine have been moved elsewhere on the island, and seven have been moved farther back on their lots.

Yes, this is the part of Nantucket where homeowners have big lots. In fact, the tiny enclave cowering from the waves, populated by families named Roosevelt and Hostetter, is said to represent somewhere in the neighborhood of 5 percent of the island's tax base. That's a mighty nice neighborhood!

Frankly, my dear, we don't give a darn. The rich people have passed the hat among themselves and come up with $20 million (in cash, or in diamond-encrusted Rolexes?) for a beach restoration project. So they don't want our money, they're not asking for sympathy, and they're not courting publicity...

But at the close Alex makes a great suggestion;

...The Nantucket types have retained former regional EPA administrator John DeVillars to work some regulatory magic in Washington. Here's my question: Isn't it time to play the K card? Senator Ted Kennedy seems to rule the waves in his back yard, as the backers of the Cape Cod wind farm are finding out the hard way. Winthrop has caught the attention of Representative Ed Markey. Maybe he and Senator Kennedy can line up the necessary relief for the citizens of Winthrop, and for the beleaguered golfers of Siasconset.

Read the rest of this amusing Globe column here, and comment below. 

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