1999-07-29 / Front Page

Weiner Wins $3.32 Million For Rockaway

Funding For Replenishment Passes House

Congressman Anthony D. Weiner this week voted, along with 419 of his colleagues, to allocate $3.32 million for beach replenishment in the Rockaways next year. This funding, passed as part of H.R. 2605, the Energy and Water Appropriation bill, is part of the Army Corps of Engineers General Construction account and will be put to use on Rockaway beaches immediately after the Weiner-backed bill is signed into law.

Congressman Weiner, who in his first seven months in office strongly lobbied the Appropriations Committee for funding for Rockaway beaches, will now work to ensure that this money that this money is spent in the most effective ways possible. Weiner recently commissioned a study by the Army Corps of Engineers into more permanent solutions to erosion problems for Rockaway beaches. The Weiner study, to be released in the fall of 1999, is expected to recommend that construction of a series of groins, particularly in the highly erosive areas between Beach 19 and Beach 40 streets would be more cost effective than periodic sand replenishment in providing long-term protection.

In a press release issued Wednesday, Weiner said, "After months of fighting with the Appropriations Committee for sufficient funding for our beach replenishment, this is a major victory for the people of the Rockaways. I have already taken steps to see that these millions are used in the most efficient way possible - I am working closely with the Army Corps of Engineers to ensure that long-term solutions for beach erosion are closely examined. The installation of jetties and groins will protect the economic, environmental and recreational assets of our shores for years to come."

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