by Eden Laikin
The US Army Corps of Engineers is beginning a $233 million coastal resiliency project along Nassau County’s barrier island – better protecting Long Beach, Point Lookout, Lido Beach, Atlantic Beach and East Atlantic Beach from storm damage. New dunes, jetties and berms will be constructed along the shoreline, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced today.
And, County executive Mangano thanked Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressman Peter King for their leadership on this project and for securing the Federal funds needed to move this critical coastal resiliency project forward.
At a ribbon cutting ceremony today in Point Lookout, County Executive Mangano and Schumer said the County’s Nickerson Beach is also incorporated in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers $230 million protection plan. The project is 100% Federally-funded.
Nassau County signed a project partnership agreement with the Nickerson Beach – who is the non-Federal sponsor with the County, Hempstead Town and City of Long Beach.
The project will make improvements between the East Rockaway and Jones Inlets including: 35,000 linear feet of Beachfill from Point Lookout to the west end of Long Beach; a 110ft berm east of Nickerson, at Point Lookout & Lido Beach and a 190ft berm west of Nickerson – at the City of Long Beach & Lido Beach. Also underway is the rehabilitation of 17 existing groins, and the construction of 4 new groins; and the planting of 34 acres of Dune Grass, and 75,000 linear feet of sand fence.
The first contract, consisting of stone work for the groins, was awarded in March. The second contract, consisting of sand placement for the dunes and beach as well as walkover/crossover structures, is expected be awarded in fall 2017.
“Let me begin by thanking the United States Army Corps of Engineers and Colonel Caldwell for their commitment to the success of this project,” Mangano said to those gathered.
As a 7-mile barrier island, Point Lookout, Lido Beach, Long Beach, Atlantic Beach and East Atlantic Beach homeowners and businesses are highly susceptible to storm damage – experiencing that severe damage just a few years ago when Superstorm Sandy battered our Island.
“This project is critical to protecting our residents from future storms,” Mangano said. “From new Dunes to new Berms and Jetties, this project will strengthen our shoreline and communities.”