There is going to be room to play!!
Dredging of Fire Island Inlet is in progress! This multi-purpose project provides a navigation channel and storm benefits through the dredging of the navigation channel with all the dredged sand placed westward along Gilgo Beach shoreline.
The sand replenishment project is making good progress with the beach filled in from the Sore Thumb to past Hemlock Cove as of today’s posting.
The Project involved moving 2.1 million cubic yards of sand from the Fire Island Inlet to the Town of Babylon and New York State Gilgo Beach areas to the west. The minimum depth of the navigation channel thru the inlet is to be 14 feet. The new beach is projected to be an average beach of 100 feet. The cost of the project is 26.2 million dollars and should be completed by April 10th, 2019.
Above is slide show photographed on December 27th, 2018, of the walk from the path at end of Cottage Walk walking east to the beach area where the erosion is the worst. Thank God the Dredging Project is less than a mile away.
For the Coast Guard Station area of beach, the sand replenishment project is just in a nick of time. Last week with the 40 mph on shore winds, cars on Ocean Parkway were treated to a 20 foot high sea foam funnel blowing across the highway at dusk. Take a look at the pictures below of the dune line just west of Coast Guard, one more good storm might have breached the dune line.