A Look Back – Coast Guard Station Post Sandy

Found pictures of the Gilgo Beach area and the Coast Guard Station after Hurricane Sandy passed. That is the Garbage Cove, Great South Bay in the background of slide 3, dunes gone, Ocean Parkway buckled.

There looks to be more or the same amount of beach after Sandy than there is at the beach now! Call your Congressman, tell him we need Sand.

Below are photos of the Coast Guard Station today!

Here is a photo of bulkhead after Sandy and below it, at the present time.

Coast Guard Bulkhead after Hurricane Sandy
Coast Guard Bulkhead at present. Picture taken June 18th, 2017

Coast Guard Station Exposed Now in 2017

The old Coast Guard station located on the east side of Gilgo Beach Town Park and the entrance to Gilgo State Park is exposed more than it has been in the 20 years I have been coming here. Here is a link to more information about the Gilgo Coast Guard Station.

In the photo below, see the double bulkhead, a new one had been placed in front of the original, a lot of years passed for this picture to be taken.

Check out the original bulkhead that has popped out of the sand.
W of CG, the fence is caving here, it is gone on many of the dunes
Ocean water edge, Rebar from the old Coast Guard smashed and exposed. Look at the dunes in the background with their walls caving in from high tide wave action.

This area has suffered much more erosion that before the Super Storm Sandy event. This is a dangerous sign of how weak our beaches are to stand up to a hurricane this fall.

Click here for a Video of the Coast Guard Station on 7/6/17

Please Contact your government officials, here is the current list,
Urge them to fund a Beach Replenishment Project this Fall.

Alert, Alert! Vanishing Beaches 2017

gilgo sand erosion

Our beaches are in tough shape, most of the sand placed from the Sandy Dune Rebuild Project has vanished.

In fact, there are many points on the beach between  Gilgo Beach Babylon Town Park and Cedar Beach where there is less sand on the beach than before Sandy devastated the area.

I took all of these pictures at Low Tide with a calm ocean and onshore wind on June 17th, 2017.

At High Tide, the ocean is eating away at the base of the dunes for a good portion of the beach from Gilgo Beach to Hemlock Cove.

Please Contact your government officials, here is the current list, urge them to fund a beach replenishment project this fall.

Not Much Sand
Photo taken from the East side of Gilgo Beach looking West
Entrance to Gilgo Beach
Entrance to Gilgo Town Park, beach for 2 truck tracks and an umbrella, used to have room for hundreds!
Beach grass on the dunes
On a positive note, the planting on the backside of the dunes have taken and hardened the dunes as planned. Sweet!

We will be updating beach conditions weekly.

Hurricane season is coming!
Call Your Congressman today.
South Shore Barrier Beaches need Sand

Dredging of Fire Island Inlet

Although the beaches have not opened yet, there has been a lot of activity along the barrier island beaches this Winter.

Dredging crews have been hard at work in the Fire Island Inlet.  Their offshore dredging boats connect to long, flexible pipes onto the beach and empty sediment on the shoreline of Overlook Beach.  Large dump trucks then transport the sediment to local area beaches from West Gilgo and eastward alongside the heavily eroded shorelines of the barrier beaches and ocean parkway.

As the massive project continues, signs of future dune conservation efforts can be seen in the massive stores of dune fence waiting to be used to help hold the sand in place.