|Concerned Citizens of Montauk was formed in 1970 as an organized response to block plans by developers to build 1,400 houses near Big Reed Pond. As a direct result, Theodore Roosevelt County Park was created. Building on successes such as this first one, CCOM evolved to become one of the most effective citizens’ groups on the East End over the next 35 years, working to preserve the unique and fragile environment and ecology of Montauk. Today it boasts a membership of over 800 residents.
In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the organization, Holding Back the Tide: The Thirty-Five Year Struggle to Save Montauk tells the story of CCOM, its evolution, history, and struggles to preserve the natural beauty of the town on the very east end of the East End.
(With dozens of stunning aerial and historical photos.)