From the Daily News:
The Rockaway Beach boardwalk — battered by Hurricane Irene — will be fixed in time for the summer season, Parks Department officials said Wednesday.
But local activists are pushing for a long-term beach replenishment and protection program, worried the shoreline will be whittled away by future storms.
“The sand is not only for recreation, it’s protection for our neighborhoods,” said John Cori, who formed Friends of Rockaway Beach last year. “It’s the first line of defense during a storm.”
The group has started a “Demand the Sand” campaign, urging people to contact elected officials and get them to focus on the issue.
While the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is slated to dredge the East Rockaway Inlet for navigational purposes in the near future, there is no current funding to transport the sand to eroded beaches.