2012-12-28 / Top Stories

Schumer, Goldfeder Push For Seawall Repair

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and New York State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder are pushing for the National Park Service (NPS) to quickly approve the reconstruction of a seawall at the Silver Gull Beach Club in Breezy Point.

After Hurricane Sandy the Beach Club’s seawall was destroyed. Because the Beach Club is on the National Register of Historical Places, NPS must first approve the reconstruction before work can began. Both Schumer and Goldfeder stressed the wall will be rebuilt by the club at no cost to the tax payer.

“The Silver Gull Beach Club is a major employer and a retreat for families from across New York.

“The National Park Service must allow them to promptly rebuild their seawall – at no taxpayer expense – to protect themselves from future storms,” said Schumer.

“Unfortunately, Superstorm Sandy ripped through the Beach Club’s seawall and right now, there is nothing protecting the swimming pool from the beach itself. This can create a dangerous situation in the event of a future storm and that’s why I am urging NPS to quickly approve the reconstruction of a seawall – at no cost to the taxpayer - so that this much-loved Beach Club is safe and protected.”

"The Silver Gull is a staple in our community and a speedy recovery would send a strong message that we will rebuild stronger and better than ever,” said Goldfeder. “I want to thank Senator Schumer for his tireless efforts on behalf of all the victims of hurricane Sandy especially in Southern Queens and Rockaway.

“I urge the National Park Service to expedite all permits to rebuild the seawall and allow a sense of normal-cy to return to Rockaway."

Schumer and Goldfeder called on NPS to quickly approve the reconstruction, making the point that with the winter months approaching and snow storms possibly in the future, quick approval would be urgent.

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