Rep. Zeldin, Army Corps and Local Elected Officials Announce Start of West of Shinnecock Inlet, Dune Road Project
HAMPTON BAYS, NY - Today, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) was joined by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Town of Southampton Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, other elected officials, New York District Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Colonel Thomas Asbery, local business owners and fishermen to announce the start of a 100% federally funded project to place an estimated 600,000 cubic yards of sand just West of Shinnecock Inlet (WOSI). This project will restore this area to its 2005 authorization level, a 15-foot-high dune with an associated 140-foot-wide beach berm from the toe of the dune, which would be a better, more robust outcome than simply restoring this area to its recent 2019 pre-storm level.
Multiple recent storms have caused severe damage to the dunes along the ocean side and led to severe flooding and washovers and a near breach of the barrier island just west of Shinnecock Inlet.
Lakes Dredge & Dock Company for the completion of the project, which is expected to be completed before the end of March, pending weather. Great Lakes brought in a Cutterhead Dredge to perform the beach replenishment work at WOSI, ensuring no impacts to other projects currently underway at Westhampton Beach and Fire Island Inlet to Moriches Inlet.
Congressman Lee Zeldin said, “The commencement of this critical project is continued good news for our local economy and the restaurants and businesses, including the second largest commercial fishing dock in New York, operating in the affected area. This restoration is also welcome news for area’s commercial and recreational boaters. I thank Colonel Asbery and his team at the Army Corps for their continued hard work in delivering this project and their partnership all across our beautiful district.”
New York District Commander Col. Thomas D. Asbery said, "Starting this work will allow USACE to address the coastal flooding at West of Shinnecock Inlet. Safety continues to be our top priority as we develop and implement tangible solutions to mitigate risk to these communities. I'd like to thank all of our partners at New York State and Suffolk County, as well as the support of our federal, state, and local elected officials for their support in helping to bring a sense of urgency and high level visibility that helped address this issue in a timely manner."
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said, “The outer beach along Dune road has taken a severe beating from mother nature in recent months requiring multiple emergency stabilization efforts by local agencies to avoid the devastation of a full breach of the barrier Island. I applaud USACE and our federal, state and local partners for their swift response in helping secure this funding to provide a long-term solution that will protect these vulnerable communities from future storm events.”
Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said, “We have worked hard over the past few months to hold back the tide and prevent a catastrophic breach in this area. A much larger effort was needed, well beyond our local capacity. We reached out for federal assistance and I want to thank Sen. Schumer and Congressman Zeldin for calling on the US Army Corps of Engineers to expedite this emergency project. It’s great to see this project begin. It should build up the beach that should last for the foreseeable future as the FIMP plan is executed.”