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Senators Plan to Jump-Start Long Beach Army Corps Project

Sen. Charles Schumer in Long Beach in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Sen. Charles Schumer in Long Beach in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

At a Nov. 15 meeting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand called on the corps to expedite seven projects – all of which Congress has already authorized but were never started or completed – to protect coastline communities from flooding during future storms, from Staten Island to Long Beach to Montauk Point.

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According to Schumer’s office, the senator hopes Congress will approve $500 million to $1 billion in new financing for these projects as early as December. The plan for seven of the nine miles of shoreline between Jones and East Rockaway inlets includes the construction of a 110-foot-wide protective berm 10 feet above sea level, as well as a 25-foot-wide dune system, as well as the rehabilitation of the 16 rock jetties in Long Beach, and the construction of four new jetties at the eastern end of the barrier island.

In a statement Schumer said:

These seven projects have been approved by Congress, are ready to be started or rebuilt, and should be the first phase of a comprehensive, Katrina-style protection plan for New York’s coasts. They will offer significant protection while our longer-term infrastructure needs are evaluated. This is a ready roadmap for storm and flood protection for New York that we can implement in the very near future that is affordable and based on the Army Corps’ successful actions after Katrina.
A $100 million Army Corps proposal aimed at protecting Long Beach from storm damage has stalled since it received federal approval in 1996. In 2006, the City Council shot it down after trustees who voted against it argued that it was too costly and failed to address potential flooding from Reynolds Channel, after a number of residents, surfers and others said it would ruin ocean views and negatively impact wave conditions, according to the Long Beach Herald.

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In 2009, the city released a coastal protection study conducted by the consulting firm Coastal Planning & Engineering Inc., which offered guidance in implementing a revised federal storm-protection program that addressed those concerns.   
paul.d.spellman November 28, 2012 at 07:13 PM
BG, Are you incapable of following a thread in a coherent way, I never posted anything about the content of the fill from the proposed borrow site. All I have been doing is pointing out that you are posting things which are completely untrue. The simple fact is you have posted completely fictitious statements about where the sand was supposed to be taken. One more time, you have posted falsehoods about where the sand was proposed to be taken from, I have only pointed out your misinformation. If you feel I have posted any inaccurate information, please let me know what that was. If you have posted any accurate information regarding the proposed borrow site, please let me know what that was and how it can be verified.
Outsider November 29, 2012 at 07:31 AM
The bottom line is the surfers and the people who complained about their view from the beach and boardwalk caused this plan to be sh-tanned in the first place. Oh wait I forgot about the dirty sand. Now we have clean sand on our streets. So now they want this plan back? Good luck with that.
paul.d.spellman November 29, 2012 at 08:17 AM
Outsider, We must also explore the concerns about swimming safety, as well as surfing, about fishing, kayaking, aesthetics -- any use of the beach, And remember it is not just about surfing, we must make sure the powers that be look at storm protection in a different way, which is the biggest success you can ask from any project.
Beachguy November 29, 2012 at 09:57 AM
The ACE plan was presented in a ham fisted way . It didn't address the legitimate concerns of many different groups not the least of them people on the bay side who routinely get slammed by hurricanes, northeasters, blizzards and other storms. The other concerns listed by PDS and others were the reason for the plans defeat not just the possible loss of quality waves and a nice view. The danger now, as I see it , is that there will now be a reaction To the disaster in which none of these concerns are taken into account and any plan will be imposed as quickly as possible. I've been a constant critic of theCity Council but to allege that the one that rejected the ACE plan did so because of the objections of a few adolescent complaining surfers is inaccurate ,simplistic and dangerous since it could stifle legitimate concerns.
Beachguy November 29, 2012 at 10:09 AM
Btw-my house is uninhabitable as are many on my street. A wonderful lady on my block caught pneumonia and died. So I'm not taking all of this lightly. I don't want to see a remedy delayed by endless debate and irresolution. But I want to see a reasoned plan that consists of more than dumping large amounts of sand on the beach that disappears in a few years. I want a vigorous discussion of all the plusses and minuses that doesn't sink down to stupid insults and denigrations and that doesnt go on endlessly while we await the next storm.

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