Rep. Zeldin Statement Following Latest Washover on Dune Road Just West of Shinnecock Inlet
PATCHOGUE, NY - Today, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) provided the following statement after speaking this morning with Tom Asbery, Commander of the New York District of the Army Corps of Engineers, regarding the most recent washover on Dune Island just west of Shinnecock Inlet:
“Colonel Asbery’s team submitted a Project Information Report to its higher headquarters and is awaiting approval for the assistance request as the next step, which could come as early as this week. This is an urgent situation along Dune Road affecting our community’s small businesses and jobs. In an effort to move the project along as quickly as possible, the Army Corps has put out advanced notification for multiple bidders in preparation of accepting bids for what ultimately could be the placement of around 600,000 cubic yards of sand on the ocean side of Dune Road west of Shinnecock Inlet. This course of action would restore this area to its 2005 authorization level, which would be a better, more robust outcome than simply restoring this area to its recent 2019 pre-storm level. The Army Corps has even sped up the bid process to a 10-day procurement, which would significantly reduce the timeline for bidding, start of construction and, ultimately, getting sand on the beach.
“I am encouraged that the Army Corps is doing everything in its power within federal law to respond quickly and effectively to this urgent matter. In the meantime, this will continue to be a state and locally led effort until the Army Corps is legally permitted to intervene. I’m grateful to Col Asbery and his team for their continued hard work and partnership all across New York’s First Congressional District.”