Protesters were told to stand hundreds of feet away from Friday's unveiling of the Rockaway boardwalk.
Portia Dyrenforth will begin in Rockaway on April 13.
The EDC asked for a total of $67.3 million for dunes, new access points and to pay for concrete planks.
The Comptroller's Office released an audit of the program and found it still had major flaws.
The Sandy-damaged beach will eventually undergo renovations to boost its resiliency.
Crews will install new seating, water fountains and an electrical scoreboard, officials said.
Esther Grillo, 61, spent six years turning downtrodden bus shelters into memorable pieces of art.
The Parks Department's plan to rebuild a playground may require tearing down a piece of art.
FEMA has awarded a $480 million grant to rebuild the Rockaway boardwalk.
FEMA has approved $480 million for the project and is awaiting approval from the city and state.
The comment period for the latest round of federal funding runs through Jan. 19.
The boat, which began running in 2012 after Hurricane Sandy, was not permanently funded by the city.
The city is hosting a job fair to help connect locals to employers working on resiliency projects.
The third phase of the project will likely not meet its Memorial Day 2016 finish date, an official said.
Three schools in the city still have "fire watchers" in place of the alarms since the 2012 storm.
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