This photo taken by trustee Fred Havemeyer was posted March 11 on the Southampton Town Trustees Facebook page ( with the heading “Old School Erosion Control.” It went on to say, “Yesterday’s tidal surge revealed a dirty little secret about a period long ago. Before people began using snow fences and Christmas trees to protect beaches, towns used to use old cars as a form of erosion control. These cars were uncovered this weekend on Watermill Beach. Who knows what other buried treasures lie beneath the sand?”