2009-11-27 / Letters

We Need A New Jetty

Dear Editor,

The storm remnant this week caused one of the worst beach erosion around Beach 92nd street. We lost over 4 feet in height worth of sand within one day! This can be seen clearly by the "hanging" wooden ramp at Beach 91th Street. Several places showed water breaches from un der the boardwalk

to the Shore -

front Parkway side. We will get some of the sand back after a couple of high tides but this one was too close for comfort.

Beach 92nd Street is one of the areas where the distance from the boardwalk to the water is extremely close (less than 100 feet) and less than 15 feet during high-tide.

The five or so jetties built around Arverne, did a good job capturing the westward longshore drift along the shore. Unfortunately, this is sort of rob bing Peter to pay Paul system. You see, the jetties captured the sand drifts but it's robbing the lower "down stream" neighbors from accumulating the natural sand to build up the beaches. The wooden groins we have along the shore below Beach 90th Street, is ineffective because of the protruding jetty at Beach 90th Street.

What we need is a jetty built somewhere around Beach 105th Street. A jetty at this position, will build thickness on the beach around Beach 92nd Street. At the same time, this jetty will not rob our downstream neighbors since Beach 116th has one of the thickest shoreline and Jacob Riis and Fort Tilden have the best of the groin fields.

The power of jetties should not be underestimated. The entire Breezy Point landmass west of Ft. Tilden would not have been there if it wasn't for the jetty and groins. We need a new jetty really soon or we may lose our boardwalk at Beach 92nd Street.

RAOUL WATSON

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