The Town of Saxis
The town of Saxis is located on Saxis Island on the Eastern Shore of Virginia along the Chesapeake Bay , approximately 80 miles north of Norfolk, VA and 100 miles southeast of Washington, DC. The western boundary of Saxis Island, approximately 1.8 miles long, has a long-term historical erosion rate of 4.9 feet per year. The physical vulnerabililty of Saxis Island continues today, with only a short portion of the western boundary protected by a broken concrete revetment.
Saxis has received a permit to put 30 large concrete crosses near its pier — reefs that will attract both oysters and fishermen but also slow wave action.
The town applied for a $4 million federal grant needed for the project, but was unsuccessful. Without funding for man-made reef structures,many fear the town only has little time left.