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Stop-gap solution to renourish eroding dune underway in Wellfleet

WELLFLEET — The annual beach nourishment required at 1440 Chequessett Neck Road, known locally as the Blasch property, is underway with the approval in January of the Wellfleet Conservation Commission.

But the broader quest to save the private home from toppling off an eroding dune remains at a standstill as state environmental officials consider the owner’s appeal of a Conservation Commission denial of a special permit in December.

“This appeal is still being stayed here,” Edmund Coletta, spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection, wrote Monday in an email. The appeal is currently under review by regulators in the Massachusetts Environmental Protection Act office, he wrote.

A building permit issued in 2008 by the town and upheld in court in 2010, over the objections of the National Park Service, resulted in Mark and Barbara Blasch’s replacement of a 2,555-square-foot home with the current 5,800-square-foot home on a lone, scenic parcel between the mouth of the Herring River and Cape Cod Bay. As of 2012, the property trustee is James Hoeland of Newtown, Pennsylvania.

While the annual beach nourishment is part of a standing order of conditions issued for the house since its construction, the owner must notify the Conservation Commission each year when the work is to be done, Commission member Barbara Brennessel said Tuesday.

“They have to do it, and notify us, just like many other shoreline property owners,” she said.

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