Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth has joined with Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Congressman Steve Israel (D-Huntington) in announcing a federal grant totaling $4.1 million to repair damage done to Manhasset Bay during Hurricane Sandy.
The grant, provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), along with $460,312.83 in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will cover the cost of dredging Manhasset Bay, ridding it of accumulated sediment that blocked inner parts of the harbor to boaters.
The total cost of the funding from FEMA and HUD totals more than $4.6 million.
Supervisor Bosworth said: “Superstorm Sandy certainly had quite an impact on our Town and on our waterways. This funding from FEMA, will once again allow boats of all sizes to utilize our Manhasset Bay and Town Dock while also allowing us to re-open our full complement of mooring space for boaters.”
Following Hurricane Sandy, inner parts of Manhasset Bay around Town Dock became inaccessible to many boats because of the sediment accumulated beneath the surface of the water. As a result, the Town lost many of its moorings that offer boaters a place to tie-off while they visit the many businesses in downtown Port Washington.
Any boat larger than 85 feet is currently excluded from Town Dock except at high tide because of the sediment.
The grant that was recently awarded to the Town will remove the sediment and restore Town Dock as a popular destination for boaters and seafaring visitors to Port Washington.