Army Corps of Engineers Plan to Restore Sandy-Hit Beaches Before Next Year

By Paul DeBenedetto on February 13, 2013 6:30pm 

 A large section of the boardwalk on Nov. 6, 2012, deposited further inland by Hurricane Sandy. Now the Army Corps of Engineers plans to restore Sandy-hit beaches by next year.
A large section of the boardwalk on Nov. 6, 2012, deposited further inland by Hurricane Sandy. Now the Army Corps of Engineers plans to restore Sandy-hit beaches by next year.
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THE ROCKAWAYS — The Army Corps of Engineers plans to restore beaches hit by Hurricane Sandy before next year, according to reports.

Members of the corps told a packed Community Board 14 meeting in the Rockaways on Tuesday night that work on the beach, from Beach 19th Street to Beach 149th Street, would close off 1,000-foot sections a time for three-to-four day stretches, according to NY1.

"Our task is to construct a restored beach to the original authorized design which is a beach sand and a beach berm plus 10 feet above sea level and at least 100 feet wide," Dan Falt of the Army Corps of Engineers told NY1.

In all, the project will take four-to-six months to complete, but will not start before June, according to NY1.

"We have to get environmental permits, we have to make sure that the dredge bar sites are clean and proper and appropriate. We have to do a federal contracted process which does take some time," Falt told the network.

The plan, which is still incomplete, raised some concerns for those in attendance, and they voiced their recommendations. Residents talked about the addition of sand dunes and sea walls, something the Army Corps has considered as part of its long-term plans, the network reported.

According to NY1, part of the funding for the rehabilitation package is already in place, with more likely coming from the Sandy aid package passed by Congress.

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