Westhampton is a hamlet located in Suffolk county, NY. In 2010 the population of Westhampton was 3,079.
The village of Westhampton Beach is an incorporated village on the southeast coast.
In 1938, almost all summer homes on its barrier beach were obliterated by a hurricane resulting in twenty-nine local deaths.Like most of the shoreline of southern Long Island, the beach at Westhampton Beach was eroding shoreward, and in the 1960s this became a political issue. The project to protect the beaches in the area from further erosion was begun by the Army Corp of Engineers in 1966, but was only partially completed, due primarily to the failure of supporting funds from the state and local government. In addition the project design was seriously flawed. As a result, while up-current the beaches actually grew, in Westhampton Beach there was increased erosion at the beaches, and during the late 1970s and through the 1980s beach homes were washed away with every severe storm that hit the coast. It was only after the nor’easter of November 1992 destroyed over eighty homes, that the Army Corp of Engineers began renewed repair efforts.
Westhampton Beach High School is a public four-year high school for grades 9–12. The high school has a total enrolled of approximately 945 students. Green, Gray, and White are the school districts colors. Westhampton Beach are known as the Hurricanes.
West Hampton Dunes is located on a barrier island in the Town of Southampton. The barrier island was part of Fire island until the nor’easter of 1931 that split the island creating Moriches Inlet. The inlet created a geographic oddity whereby the town of Brookhaven actually has jurisdication on land immediately west of West Hampton Dunes.
In 1996, the village, under the authority of a court order, formed a law enforcement agency to better serve the needs of the community. The West Hampton Dunes Police Constabulary consists of approximately 12 members, including a department commissioner and two sergeants. The members are certified as peace officers with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and are trained at either the Suffolk Police and/or Suffolk Sheriffs academy. The members of the department also receive the required DCJS courses for peace officers to perform traffic enforcement duties including Radar/LIDAR, Standard Field Sobriety, and Basic Crash Management.
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