A popular strip of Rockaway Beach that was closed off last summer will reopen in time for beach season this year.
The city will reopen 11 blocks of Rockaway Beach between Beach 91st Street and Beach 102nd Street as part of a $7 million project to clean out the East Rockaway Inlet, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced Monday.
"Let there be sand – on Rockaway Beach!" Schumer said in a statement. "Kudos to Mayor de Blasio and the Army Corps for working together in a way that provides a critical positive fix for this situation. No one wanted to have another partial beach shutdown again this summer."
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will dredge the inlet and use the sand they gather to replenish parts of Rockaway Beach that had eroded, prompting safety concerns ahead of beach season last year.
"Rockaway Beach defines summer in New York City," said Mayor de Blasio. "Reopening this beach means a lot to this community and families all over the city. We've worked months with the Army Corps and our federal partners on a solution to get it done."
Only 7 million dollars. Yet no new jetties or groins that will actually remediate erosion. This is just an incremental, temporary and cheap fix.