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May 31, 2018 5:37 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Sandy Money Buys Montauk A Harder Parking Lot

Crews from Keith Grimes Inc are placing 1,000 tons of quarry stones along the shoreline west of the Montauk inlet.  Virginia Garrison
Jun 5, 2018 12:25 PM

Nearly six years after the fact, money from the federal Superstorm Sandy aid package has poured into a project to bolster the Block Island Sound shoreline along the public parking lot on the west side of the inlet to Montauk Harbor.

Crews from Keith Grimes Inc. placed 1,000 tons of rock boulders along the edge of the parking lot on West Lake Drive, adjacent to Gosman’s Dock, on Thursday and Friday to harden the shoreline against erosion in major storms.

This week, the rocks—which weigh about 1,200 pounds each—will be covered with 1,500 tons of sand, and a catwalk will be built across the artificial dune to the beachfront.

The project, which Town Superintendent of Highways Stephen Lynch said would cost just under $200,000, is being paid for primarily with an approximately $160,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that was awarded after Sandy caused extensive erosion and damage to the parking lot.

The shoreline had been hardened in 2011 in a joint effort by the town and Suffolk County. But Sandy’s storm surge overwhelmed that protection, and FEMA resolved to help fund more stalwart protection.

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