MONUMENTAL EFFORT TO SAVE DUNE ROAD FROM BRUTAL STORMS
The eastern portion of Dune Road has taken quite a beating by a number of storms in recent months. The Town of Southampton is now hoping the Army Corps will send a dredge to help rebuild the beach opposite the Shinnecock Commercial Fishing Dock. Suffolk County recently finished a dredging project that failed to hold up against several high tides when more than half the project of an additional 90,000 cubic yards of sand was washed away from more coastal erosion. Senator Charles Schumer inspected the beach and promised the dredge would be here soon, but it takes time for the proper approvals. Recent more drastic erosion had prompted an expedited deployment. A dredge could be here in February. In the meantime, a concerted effort by highway crews, county DPW and state DOT continue to help fight back the tide. Crews were thanked for a major effort in October with an appreciation breakfast at Oakland’s Restaurant.
“These men and women performed under extraordinary conditions and saved Dune Road from disaster,” said Supervisor Schneiderman. “The Commercial Fishing Dock and three restaurants, including Oakland’s, could have suffered serious damage had it not been for their quick action.”
“I want to thank all of the crews from the County, Town, and State who worked around the clock through the duration of the storm to help repair the dune along Dune Road,” said County Executive Bellone. “Because of their swift action and ability to mobilize the resources we needed, we were able to avert disaster and prevent a full breach.”