The city is poised to snag $480 million in federal funds for a storm-proof boardwalk in Rockaway, officials said on Wednesday.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency signed off on a deal to repair or replace more than 1 million square feet of boardwalk beams ravaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
“It's great news that FEMA has green-lighted this massive federal grant,” said U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, who lobbied for the funds.The new boardwalk is scheduled to be completed by Memorial Day 2017. Sections will remain open while work continues.
City and state officials still need to approve the deal, but it isn’t expected to hit any major roadblocks.