2010-05-28 / Community

Weiner: Rockaway Beach Replenishment Done

After little more than a week of work by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Representative. Anthony Weiner announced Tuesday, the successful completion of efforts to replenish Rockaway Beach, which was severely eroded because of recent storms.

The dredging project, which was completed at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 18, deposited more than 135,000 cubic yards of sand onto the storm-ravaged beach – more than the initial estimate of 121,000 cubic yards. This was enough to completely rebuild 2,500 feet of shoreline from Beach 93 Street to Beach 101 Street. The last section of piping used to deliver dredged sand to the shore was removed last Friday.

“We continue to work towards a longterm solution to prevent beach erosion in Rockaway,” Weiner said. “But, this was a textbook example of how to complete a project in a timely manner. The Army Corps was firing on all cylinders and they should be commended for their efforts, which will allow the beach to open in time for the summer season.” Weiner’s spokesperson said in a prepared statement that the Congressman played an integral role in helping secure $2.8 million in appropriations to help make the dredging possible. Queens Borough President Helen Marshal secured $1.1 million to help pay for the cost of dumping and spreading the sand on Rockaway Beach, while the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation contributed an additional $400,000 towards the project.

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