200 FEET OF LAND LOST IN 200 YEARS
The planners of the Montauk Point Lighthouse were well aware of erosion. The governments agents noted that “Montauk Point is washed by the sea in storms” and “wastes very fast”. They erected the lighthouse at the extreme west end of the Turtle Hill plateau, at a distance of approximately 300 feet from the bluff.
Over the past 200 years approximately 200′ feet of Montauk Point was washed into the Atlantic Ocean. Today the lighthouse stands less than 100 feet from the edge of the bluff.