The long-awaited dredging of the Shinnecock Inlet is set to commence in November and conclude in January, according to statement from U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop, of Southampton.
In the statement, Bishop said 128,000 cubic yards of sand will be dredged from the inlet and placed on a section of beach known as West of Shinnecock Inlet, which is badly eroded.
Funding for the project was secured in June with a bid awarded to the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company in the amount of $3,875,000 last month — $5.1 million had been set aside for the project through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies program.
The leftover funds, Bishop said, will be reallocated and he will fight to ensure it goes toward Long Island needs.
"We should all applaud the fact that the bid for the project was lower than expected and that taxpayers can expect extra bang for their buck with the federal-state partnership on this work,” Bishop said.
Equally enthusiastic were Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr., Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst.
"The beach replenishment and emergency stockpiles are sorely needed as the winter storm season approaches," Throne-Holst said.
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