Once the Nee house comes down later today, Bob Connors, who lives at 39 Annapolis Way between the ruined houses, will be left without a next-door neighbor.
“The worst part about all this is seeing your neighbors go through all this,” Connors said.
At least a dozen houses are now perilously close to the edge of the dune, and officials are concerned that other homes may be at risk of collapsing as well.
With so many homes at risk of falling over the dune’s edge, Newbury police declared a local state of emergency on Friday and announced that they would be closing the beach from Center Island southward toward Blue, the Inn on the Beach for the foreseeable future in order to keep residents safe.
Newbury Police said several people have already been issued summons for trespassing and many more have been given warnings for disobeying the ban. Police have asked that curiosity-seekers stay away for their own safety and so workers can clear the area and shore.