The Town of Southold has discussed the futures of Goldsmith Inlet and the
Goldsmith Inlet jetty. Beyond the creation of a new deeper channel, an option being
considered is shortening of the jetty, which may mitigate erosion east of the jetty yet still
preserve a portion of the beach fillet west of it.
The presence of Autumn Pond must also be considered in assessing the
environmental consequences of actions at Goldsmith Inlet. Autumn Pond connects to
Goldsmith Pond through a drainage pipe. If the inlet were to experience closure, the
relative elevation of the ponds is expected to change, potentially resulting in a reversal of
drainage. Elevated water level in the pond could be a concern for the homeowners in the
vicinity of Autumn Pond,1 as well as alter the environment along the perimeter.
Personal communication, 24 March 2003, Mr. James McMahon, Community Development Director, Town
Chapter 2 Study Area and Physical Setting