03/19/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Celebrities' Hamptons Homes Slipping Into Ocean

Beachfront homes in the Hamptons hamlet of Wainscott - including the one belonging to cosmetics heir and former mayoral candidate Ronald Lauder - are slipping into the ocean, thanks to severe erosion brought on by high winds.

"These houses are sitting ducks," said Larry Penny, the director of the town's Natural Resources Department.

"The erosion is relentless. We don't see any relief in sight."

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