This August, NYC will begin their latest beach restoration project, repairing popular Sandy-ravaged Brooklyn beaches located between W. 37th St. and Brighton Beach and requiring beach bums to head elsewhere. As reported by the Daily News, around 600,000 cubic yards of sand will be moved from the Jamaica Bay Inlet to eroded gaps along a three-mile stretch, which includes Coney Island. The $7.3 million FrankenBeach project will be carried out by the Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, who won the contract in a bid launched by the US Army Corps of Engineers.
The project will entail the rebuilding of dunes and the addition of other protections such as a 15-foot floodwall along Coney Island. Unfortunately for late summer beach-goers, this will mean the closing of several stretches through the fall. But as Col. Paul Owen, the Army Corps district commander, told the Daily News, “This work is important to ensuring the engineered beach continues to provide coastal storm risk reduction to the communities behind it.”
Sadly, in what seems like a cruel twist, the Army Corps had actually wanted to make protective coastal repairs, like a floodwall from Manhattan Beach to Sea Gate, back in 1972, but they couldn’t raise the $100 million money for the project. So far, nearly $300 million has gone into NYC beach repair costs.
Via NY Daily News