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Shinnecock Inlet Set to Be Dredged in September

$5.1 million has been secured for the project.

The Shinnecock Inlet is set to be dredged, starting in September, with $5.1 million now secured for project costs, according to U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop.

On Friday, Bishop said that the federal dollars were approved through the Army Corps Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies program and the town of Southampton will not have to shell out money for the project.

“This is really fantastic news,” said Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, noting that the town has been working closely with Bishop for sometime on what she said is a vital issue because of the economic and environmental significance of the inlet. 

Bishop said the project will result in a dredging of the inlet with the dredge spoil to be placed on a section of beach known as West of Shinnecock Inlet, which he said is "badly eroded."  

“The beach west of Shinnecock Inlet has become dangerously eroded, and securing this funding for a dredge of the inlet will protect the marine infrastructure and restaurants in the area and the more than 500 jobs they support," Bishop said.

The project, according to Bishop, will be completed by January 2013.

Peter June 04, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Well done, Mr. Bishop.
raydog June 04, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Wait. Moving sand will protect 500 jobs? Can you imagine that after 10 years in office, the achievements are so slim that he has to ask Throne-Holst to feign appreciation for a $5,000,000 project that isn't even necessary. There is more to the story. It will cost Southampton Town $1,000,000 in either man-hours, equipment usage and maintenance or something, because the recipient is required to put up 20% of the cost in goods, services or $$. So this will, in fact, cost the taxpayers $1,000,000 and not save a single job. In fact, it won't save anything except the jobs of the people who we pay to push the paper in the 202 area code.
raydog June 04, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Nonfederal flood control projects: 1. Maintain an acceptable maintenance rating; 2. Provide 20 percent cost-share of construction cost either by monetary value or in- kind services; and, 3. Obtain public sponsorship by a public entity, also local interests are normally required to: (a) provide without cost to the United States all lands, easements, and rights-of-way necessary for the authorized work; (b) hold and save the United States free from damages due to the authorized work; and, (c) maintain and operate, in a manner satisfactory to the Chief of Engineers, all the protective works after completion of repairs. Additionally, work constituting deferred regular maintenance and desired major modifications, if included, will be at local cost.
Ralebird June 06, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Looks like he did a good job in getting this passed as an emergency measure so the normal 20% "copay" does not apply.

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