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'Mount Sandy' Cleanup to Cost $10M

Sand is sifted and returned to the beach in Long Beach, a project of which is expected to cost about $10 million in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. (Credit: Joseph Kellard)
Sand is sifted and returned to the beach in Long Beach, a project of which is expected to cost about $10 million in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. (Credit: Joseph Kellard)

As demolition crews dismantle the two-mile boardwalk in Long Beach, workers continue to restore the tons of sand that was forced off the beach during Hurricane Sandy last October.

The city’s beaches lost five feet of sand elevation during the storm, leaving behind from four to 14 feet of it on streets, and crews that cleaned up the mess have piled the sand at the Superblock on East Broadway. The original mound, dubbed “Mount Sandy,” stood about five stories high, but has been reduced to below three stories as crews sift through the sand for debris and potential toxins before restoring it. The project is slated to cost about $10 million, according to a report by Fox News Channel.

City Manager Jack Schnirman told Fox News reporter Anna Kooiman:

“It was really great to start to see the mountain go down, knowing that that means the sand is ultimately getting sifted and cleaned and put back on the beach for our safety and security, and ultimately so we have a great summer season.”
The city is expected to ask the federal government for up to $40 million in aid to rebuild the beach to protect against future storms.
Eddie January 21, 2013 at 05:48 PM
$10 million to sift the toaster ovens and stuff out of the sand?
Lobster January 22, 2013 at 07:45 AM
Doesn't the city own a sand sifter already and have people on a payroll that know how to run it ?
delete me January 22, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Sifting toaster ovens? I'll do it for $8milion!
Jack January 22, 2013 at 04:50 PM
If the sand mound has to be sifted for toxins befoe returning it to the beach does that mean all this time LB residents have been sitting on toxic waste beaches?
Patrick Smith January 22, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Sounds like corruption
delete me January 22, 2013 at 11:15 PM
there are no toxins in the sand, Jack Kett. It's been tested.

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