2014-03-21 / Top Stories

Pols Call for Protection on Riis Beaches

Beach 19th Street to Beach 149th Street is set to get replacement sand from the Army Corp of Engineers, but the beaches of Fort Tilden and Riis Park are being neglected when it comes to protection. U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder are hoping to change that by urging the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Army Corps of Engineers to expand sand replacement to cover these areas as well.

“This weak link leaves surrounding residential areas of Neponsit, Belle Harbor, Roxbury and Breezy Point vulnerable during the next storm,” said the representatives.

Riis Park and Fort Tilden are maintained by the DOI so the representatives have called on these federal agencies to incorporate these areas into the protection plan for the peninsula.

“Riis Park and Fort Tilden are the missing pieces in our effort to protect the entire Rockaway peninsula in the event of a future storm,” Schumer said in a press release. “The Department of Interior and the Army Corps should implement the same sand placement for these areas as the rest of Rockaway so that they are not left vulnerable if another Superstorm Sandy comes our way.”

“Our first priority must be barriers and flood protection across the entire peninsula to make sure our community is stronger and more resilient for the future,” Goldfeder said. “Rockaway is only as strong as our weakest beach. I urge the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of the Interior to place sand at Riis Park and Fort Tilden and provide our families with the peace of mind they deserve.”

The Army Corps has already added 600,000 cubic yards of sand to beaches operated by the NYC Parks Department and will add more sand and build a dune between Beach 19th Street and Beach 149th Streets with a total of 3.5 million cubic yards of sand, but there is no plan for Riis Park and Fort Tilden as of yet.

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