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City Manager: Beach Expected to Open Next Summer

Says restoration of the boardwalk remains uncertain.

The eastern end of the boardwalk, at Neptune Boulevard.
The eastern end of the boardwalk, at Neptune Boulevard.
While the beach in Long Beach suffered tremendous erosion during Hurricane Sandy, the city expects Ocean Beach Park will reopen next summer, although the fate of the boardwalk remains in limbo.

That’s what City Manager Jack Schnirman told Patch after a special City Council meeting Tuesday afternoon, the government body’s first public meeting after the storm crippled the beach town Oct. 29.

Work crews are sifting through and cleaning a mountain of sand at the Superblock on East Broadway that the force of the hurricane washed from the beach and onto the city streets and neighborhoods.

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“It needs to be approved by the Environmental Conservation Department before it can be put back on the beach,” Schnirman said about the sand.  

The city must also undertake a beach replenishment project, he said, and city officials are already starting to talk about that project with various levels of government.

The boardwalk suffered significant damage overall, but that the eastern half of the structure was particularly hard hit, the city manager reported.

“At the eastern half of the boardwalk there was catastrophic destruction, and in the west there was very severe damage,” Schnirman said.

He emphasized that it is premature to say precisely how and when the boardwalk should be rehabilitated, but that that goal is to build it better than it was before.

“We’re working with our insurance folks, FEMA, with all kinds of engineers to have a conversation about putting together a plan - short, medium and long-term – and about what kind of progress can we see for next season, and what kind of boardwalk do we want,” he said. “We know we have to build it back strong, smarter and safer.”

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Beachguy November 26, 2012 at 06:48 PM
East End beaches may be free bit parking isn't. It's generally restricted to residents so non residents are effectively unable to get on the beach.
Lloyd November 26, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Ive got an aklternative plan. Since you people claim the City needs to charge visitors an exhorbitant anount of money to help defray the costs of upkeep and life guards, maybe, it seems that the City is in desperate financial straits and can't ba;ance its budget without soaking the less well to do. So to solve this problem, I suggest the City should sell or lease it rights to the beach to the County or the State and let them run it. This is not iunprecedented since I know many parks in the County were sold to the TGown, County, or State because ofg economic or political reasons. This way, Eddie, if our beach is over run with Blacks, Latinos, Gays, TGransgenders, Pakistanis or whichever group you are NBOT a member of, you can blame Gov. Cuomo, Ed Mangano, or me.
paul.d.spellman November 26, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Lloyd, Which parks were sold to the town, county or state?
Beachguy November 27, 2012 at 06:37 AM
State Parks may not have entrance fees but you have to pay to park. So one way or the other it costs for most people. I don't understand lloyds objection to beach users having to pay for all the costs associated with their use of the beach. Why should a taxpayer in Buffalo have to have his taxes go up to make it easier for a resident of Lynbrook to get onto a beach here in LB? Especially when that same person can go to Jones Beach, a state facility. As for LBresidents who don't use the beach( then why are you living here?) , it's the beach users who pay the lions share of expenses, while all residents benefit from the money spent by out of towners who patronize our businesses.
David Prophet November 27, 2012 at 07:25 AM
My intent is not to be mean spirited but when someone suggests the County manage our beach, I have to question whether they've given careful consideration to this subject. Nassau County is so badly mismanaged that NIFA has to oversee it's every move. You can't sell a beach to a government entity that is broke and expect to receive fair value for it, and you can't trust Nassau to run anything effectively to the extent that a leasing agreement could ever benefit our city. As far as enlisting the State goes, similar concerns apply. The State isn't doing a bang up job managing its budget or its properties either.

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