Full funding, $150 million, in place as part of Sandy Aid Bill to pay for Long Beach Barrier Island Storm Damage Reduction Project
“coming back bigger, better, stronger than ever “
Sunday March 24, 2013, Point Lookout Civic Beach- Dozens of politicians and civic leaders descended on Civic Beach to rally around the coming together of the 4 towns in the now fully funded Long Beach Barrier Island Storm Damage Reduction Project, in front of dozens of residents of Point Lookout, Lido Beach, Long Beach and Atlantic Beach.
“Today the dream of being safe from storm damage is much closer to reality, and that’s something we can all cheer”, said Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray. “We are united as a barrier island”.
Senator Chuck Schumer spoke: “After a decade of planning, multiple storms and destruction, we have finally secured $150 million to give Long Beach the protection it needs”.
The senator said that there’s three steps to be done now.
The first is the engineering and design study, which must be coordinated with the building of the Long Beach Boardwalk. This could take 3 to 4 months.
Then that has to go out to bid to hire the contractors. This will take several months as well, and they want to start as soon as the study is done.
Then to start the work, which will take months as well.
“We want it shovel ready, in the ground by 2014. That means they’ll start working on it… and get much of it done by next summer season” (summer of -2014).
Chuck Schumer also had praise for others, especially our former congressman, Peter King: “it’s easy to call out members of the other party; it’s harder to call out members of your own party when they’re not stepping up to the plate and he did, so and we give him a lot of credit for that.”
Now Chuck Schumer has a message for the Army Corps of Engineers and everyone else involved:
“Get moving. You got the money, got the authorization, get the plans … and we don’t want any bureaucrats’ delay”.
Our project is part and parcel of a complete coastal project now to be taken underway all the way from Staten Island, to the Rockaways, Our Long Beach Barrier Island, and then the FIMP-Fire Island to Montauk Point.
“My pledge to you is I will be on them. I will make sure there aren’t delays. We don’t want anything to get in the way. You can feel assured that the kind of protection that is needed in this new world, with all kinds of new storms, will be there.”
State Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg said “we had devastation and we’re not going to let it happen again. We have a hero in Washington. He’s been there to meet the needs of our people: God bless and thank you, Chuck.”
“We waited 20 years. The (current) City Council had the courage to move ahead, and now we are going to have the progress we deserve” Harvey Weisenberg said of Long Beach voting unanimously to move forward on this plan.
Long Beach City Council President Scott Mandel spoke and said Long Beach is moving aggressively on the plan. “Not only do we have the wherewithal to get back and running, now we have the finances to do it as well.”
Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford said “Let’s get this project going. Next year we’re going to have a different, better beach and we’re going to have better protection.”
Liz Murdy from Lido Dunes Civic Association had praise for the Senator. “Without his perseverance we would not have gotten the funding and we really appreciate it”. She also thanked Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and Department of Conservation and Waterways Commissioner Ron Masters for the work he and his department have done all these years, protecting and strengthening our beaches and our dunes, virtually without any outside help.
Regarding the final product of the project, Senator Schumer said:
“It will be strong; it will be tested; it will be Sandy-proof. If anyone is having doubts whether they should invest in their small business or in a home here on the Long Beach barrier island they should go forward.
We’re coming back bigger, better, stronger than ever.”