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Infusion of sand for Rockaway Beach

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is ready to execute a plan to repair Rockaway Beach by May, thanks to the urging of Congressmember Anthony Weiner.
“The infusion of sand will help protect lives and property, and I applaud the Army Corps and the city for acting quickly,” Weiner said.
Having been severely affected by the recent Nor’easters, several feet of coastline have deteriorated along the densely-populated Rockaway Beach. A total of $1.5 million was secured through the efforts of Weiner, who worked closely with New York City and federal authorities for the funds to swiftly restore sand at the beach.
The Army Corps has confirmed a contractor to pump about 121,000 cubic yards of sand between Beach 92nd Street and Beach 103rd Street in Rockaway. To decrease the cost and avoid disrupting wildlife, the sand will be pumped, not trucked, onto the beach.
Weiner, who said he remains committed to teaming up with federal and city officials to “find a long-term solution to the ongoing problems on Rockaway Beach,” also added that a study is being conducted to determine the best way to protect the coastline. Weiner said once the study is completed, “we will be on track to stopping such devastating erosion once and for all.”
Colonel John Boulé, Commander, New York District, of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said, “the intergovernmental team worked hard to make this project a reality.” He also thanked the New York City Parks Department for its help.
Army Corps officials predict the project will be completed the day before city beaches officially open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31.

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