U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer has announced that the Long Beach Island Dune Project Partnership Agreement (PPA), which is a legally binding agreement necessary to commence with a water resources project, has officially been approved by the Army Corps of Engineers.
The necessary step to advance this project now means that the Long Beach Island Dune project can move forward with announcing a formal bid process.
“Long Beach is well on its way towards a more resilient waterfront and a more hardened shoreline between East Rockaway Inlet and Jones Inlet,” said U.S. Senator Charles Schumer.
“With the bid set to open this week, shovels will soon be in the ground and Long Beach homeowners and businesses will soon be better protected in the event of another storm.”
“The Long Beach Dune Project is a crucial investment that will protect the Long Beach residents and the critical infrastructure that they rely on. Strengthening coastal resiliency is essential to building back stronger after Superstorm Sandy, and to preparing Long Island for future storms,” added Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.
The Sandy relief bill that was signed into law required only that the feds pick up 65% of the project cost, but that amount could be increased if the projects met the criteria of “on-going construction” and are updated to make them stronger, more resilient, and offer better protection against storms.
The estimated cost of this project is $150 million.