Hard-Hit Beaches To Get New Sand
At the urging of Representative Anthony Weiner, storm-damaged Rockaway beaches will soon be getting the emergency infusion of sand they need to avoid further erosion, a congressional spokesperson says.
With Weiner pushing for a way to shield the area from any further immediate damage, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation has signed a memorandum of agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to have sand dumped on the hardest hit beaches on the peninsula. This sand will replace much of the eight feet of sand lost during recent storms and protect the Rockaways from future storm damage.
Those beaches center on Beach 90 Street in Rockaway Beach, but other beaches throughout the peninsula were hard hit as well.
The Army Corps of Engineers and the City Parks Department will dredge sand from the Rockaway East Inlet beginning in February. The Parks Department has agreed to pay the extra $1.5 million required to place 150,000 cubic yards of dredged sand between Beach 81 Street and Beach 110 Street, a Weiner spokesperson said.
Weiner surveyed the damaged beach in November with Colonel John R. Boulé II, Army Corps of Engineers New York District Commander, and Dorothy Lewandowski, Queens Commissioner for the New York City Parks De partment. During the tour, Weiner requested that the Army Corps and NYC Parks work together to dump dredged sand in Rockaway Park.
“The decision by the Army Corps and City Parks is not a permanent fix, but it is the first step in securing the safety of Rockaway Beach and its residents,” Weiner said. “We can’t stand idly by while these important parts of the City’s coastline erode before our eyes.”
According to the Army Corps of Engineers, the emergency work will begin in February and must be completed at the latest by April 1, 2010.