Bishop: Shinnecock Inlet Dredging Will Start in November

128,000 cubic yards of sand will be dredged from the inlet.

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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Billy J October 02, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Now I will just be a monkey's uncle. I knew it. There it is. I wondered by Greak Lakes Dredge and Dock Company got a $4 Million dollar bid when there are companies within 5 miles of that place who have been doing it for years. Take a wild guess who is the only dredge and dock company to have a history of contributions to the Timothy Bishop for Congress campaign. Gee, you got it on the first guess, yes, that would be Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company. But Bishop does say that ''any leftover funds will be reallocated and he will FIGHT to ensure it goes towards Long Island needs''. You know because there is always gobs and gobs of ''leftover funds'' after a project like that. It does take critical thinking, a healthy does suspision, and a halfway decent use of google and it's all right there. The relationships pop up on your screen just like you're playing Bingo and you've won. Its uncanny.
highhatsize October 03, 2012 at 02:56 AM
to Billy J: So, are you saying that Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company were underbid but were awarded the contract anyway because they are contributors to Congressman Bishop, or are you saying that, despite entering the lowest bid, they should be barred from the award because of said contributions? It's hard to know how to respond to your ambiguous post.
oonald October 03, 2012 at 09:09 PM


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