Goldfeder: Further funding needed to place sand on most impacted beached and protect our families
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D- Rockaway) recently sent a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg requesting additional funding to allow the Army Corps of Engineers to transfer some of the newly acquired sand from the dredging of the East Rockaway Inlet to areas of the Rockaway Peninsula that were affected most by recent storms and erosion.
Schumer and Goldfeder had called on the Army Corps last week to reprogram funding to dredge the East Rockaway Inlet. They were proud to announce that the Army Corps had agreed to allocate $4.5 million for the project, with a contractor expected to be chosen by the fall. The Army Corps will place dredged sand from Beach 26th street to Beach 36th street, a site determined to meet federal standards of complying with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and DEP standards while also representing the site with the least cost.
“Together with Senator Schumer, we were able to convince the Army Corps of Engineers to dredge the East Rockaway Inlet and provide the sand that we so desperately need in Rockaway,” said Assemblyman Goldfeder. “However we still need funding to ensure that the sand is placed in the hardest hit areas.”
A local sponsor agency could step in and reach a funding agreement with the Army Corps, to move the sand to other locations on Rockaway Beaches, Goldfeder added.
“From the last storm we lost 30 percent of the sand and we are now 30 percent more vulnerable,” said John Cori, Founder - Friends of Rockaway Beach. “I am concerned by the lack of urgency from the parks department and other city agencies that are allowing our neighborhood to remain in such immediate danger and willing to take such chances with the possible devastation of our boardwalk and surrounding neighborhoods.”
“The level of Rockaway Beach erosion and deterioration is unacceptable, and I am urging Mayor Bloomberg to provide the critical funding necessary to bring us the sand we need to protect our homes,” said Assemblyman Goldfeder. “Everyone in Rockaway agrees that rock jetties are the permanent solution to our beach erosion problem, but until that official determination is made, agencies must work together to provide short term solutions.”