2010-04-09 / Front Page

Eroded Beaches To Be Ready For Memorial Day

By Nicholas Briano
Congressman Anthony Weiner announced this week that the Beach 92 Street sand replenishment project, which will repair the severe erosion caused by Hurricane Ida last November, should be completed in time for Memorial Day.

The storm eroded the beach at Beach 92 Street last November to the point of inaccessibility.  The storm eroded the beach at Beach 92 Street last November to the point of inaccessibility. Weiner said in a prepared statement that he and his staff worked closely with New York City and federal authorities to secure $1.5 million to fund the replenishment. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently secured a contractor to pump approximately 121,000 cubic yards of sand between Beach 92 Street and Beach 103 Street. The sand will be pumped onto the beach rather than trucked, which, Weiner says, will decrease the cost and avoid disturbing wildlife.

“This infusion of sand will help protect lives and property, and I applaud the Army Corps and the City for acting quickly,” Weiner said. “I remain committed to working with federal and City officials to find a long-term solution to the ongoing problems on Rockaway Beach.”

Weiner added that a study is underway to determine the best way to protect the coastline. Once completed, a proactive plan will be developed for Rockaway’s beaches to prevent erosion of this magnitude from happening again.

The initial damage to the Rockaway shore was caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, which eroded the beach and flooded a portion of Shore Front Parkway. In the area near Beach 92 Street, the beachfront became inaccessible from the boardwalk due to the amount of sand that was washed away.

Weiner and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced plans to restore the beach just days after the storm, citing it as the worst incident of beach erosion in the last 20 years.

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