Believe it or not, East End beaches are still worse for wear ever since that string of severe weather in December. Trying hitting up Sandbar Beach in East Quogue; there's "an 8- to 10-foot drop from the parking lot to the surface of the beach." And then there's Tiana Beach in Hampton Bays, where the storm totally "undermined" the beach's pavilion. Fortunately, Southampton Town just gave the okay to replenish both beaches with a hefty shipment of glorified beach dirt, also known as sand. The much-needed shipment will cost an estimated $88,000, but the Federal Emergency Management Administration has graciously agreed to put up "85 percent of the cost of the project." However, even better news is the Board's impression that the "project could commence in a week and is expected to take only a week and half to complete." We might actually hold our breath on this one.
· Town Backs Beach Replenishment [SH Patch]