2013-04-12 / Front Page

Shackadelic!

Parks Spending $4mil On Lifeguard Stations
By Kevin Boyle

The Wave is still awaiting a breakdown of how money is being spent by the Parks Department on the beach rebuild as it hurries to open by Memorial Day. Parks claims it’s complicated because some of the spending is spread out in other boroughs. From what we gathered at the Parks Town Hall meeting at Beach Channel High School last week and confirmed in subsequent phone calls, Parks is spending $105 million dollars on beach projects.

$54 million dollars is being spent on the “islands” at Beach 86th, Beach 96th and Beach 106th. Part of the $54 million is also being spent on decking and ramps at Beach 116th Street.

So…that means more than $17 million dollars is being spent for each island. Islands will have new decking and ramps and new utilities and concession stands,

Although $17 million dollars is a staggering amount it might not be the number that gets people buzzing. Lifeguard stations, formerly known as shacks, will cost $4 million dollars. Each. There will be a total of seven new lifeguard stations so the total costs will run north of $25 million. The price tags prompted Community Board members to call the stations Lifeguard Penthouses and Lifeguard Palaces. Once they’re opened, The Wave will report back on what Parks got for its big bucks spend.

Comfort stations, otherwise known as bathrooms, will cost in the neighborhood of $3 million each.

Parks defended the spending because it has to meet FEMA and other agency requirements as it builds and pays high premiums because of the rushed nature of the job (i.e. paying for 24/7 work).

Still, there will be an outcry. The Wave has already started getting emails and calls about the cost. “They say jetties are too expensive and now they spend this kind of money? It’s outrageous,” said a caller.

Upon hearing the numbers, another local shook his head and said with a quick laugh, “They better be good.”

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