Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Far Rockaway) is calling for a public hearing on the projected maintenance dredging in the East Rockaway Inlet. The public hearing would involve key stakeholders, including residents, local businesses and community organizations.
“The potential for new sand on our beaches is welcomed news to our community,” Goldfeder said. “We’re eager to have a say in the matter and be given the opportunity to weigh in on the impact and best location for sand replenishment, which is why I’ve asked for a public hearing.”
The project will be carried out by the New York District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and is expected to involve the removal of approximately 240,000 cubic yards of sand, which would then be placed along the Rockaway Beach shoreline as beach nourishment. The purpose of the work is to alleviate the affects of shoaling, which has made the Inlet shallow, and would allow for safer use of the East Rockaway Inlet by commercial and recreational boaters.
“Our beaches got hit badly by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee,” Goldfeder said. “The damage has left our community in desperate need of help. We should be doing everything possible to restore our beaches, not only for our local families but for the thousands of tourists that come to enjoy the very best beaches in New York City, and the local businesses who depend on them.”
No work will occur between April 1 to Sept. 30, so as not to interrupt the summer beach season, and the project could be finished as soon as the 2012 Fiscal Year, Goldfeder noted.