Long Beach, Long Island

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Long Beach, Army Corps Of Engineers Reach Compromise For Shoreline Protection Plan

July 02, 2018 - 3:04 pm

LONG BEACH, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- A compromise has been reached between Long Beach and the Army Corps of Engineers for a shoreline project to protect the area if there is another hurricane.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, there was concern by those in Long Beach that if the project started in July and not September, beachgoers would be affected.

But John Mirando, commissioner of public works in Long Beach, said the deal with the Army Corps of Engineers is a win-win.

He said since crews are starting on the west end of the beach and closing only 1,000 feet at a time, the impact of those enjoying the nice weather will be minimal.

“Those that are in front of the work can move further west. Those who are behind the work will move in, you know, will move in behind the project,” Mirando said. “Each day, it moves 200 feet, so really, anybody’s inconvenience will be for a two- or three-day period – that’s it.”

The project includes dunes being constructed and sand being replenished, and it was originally proposed for beginning at the very popular boardwalk area instead of the west end.