6/16/13

Breezy at a Crossroads

The insular waterfront community of Breezy Point, devastated by fire and flood during Superstorm Sandy, is facing a hard choice: accept government funding for a much-needed double dune protection system and sacrifice its private beach, or keep the beach private and find a way to pay for the work itself.

Steven Greenberg, chair of the Breezy Point Disaster Relief Fund, would choose the latter, but Rockaway residents further up the peninsula disagree.

Publicly-accessible Rockaway Beach, with some of the peninsula's most eroded beaches, would welcome a publicly-funded double dune system.

Most of the people who come to Rockaway in the summer go Beaches 86 through 118, according to Friends of Rockaway Beach founder John Cori.  Opening the Breezy beaches would allow the rest of Rockaway to benefit from the government-funded dune system.

The Bloomberg administration unveiled the dune protection proposal last week as part of its $20 billion plan to prepare the city for climate change-driven natural disasters in the future. 

According to the report, funding for any such project would require public access to impacted areas, a condition the Breezy Point Cooperative would have to accept if it accepts public money.

Breezy Point co-op manager Arthur Lightall said he didn't understand why public money should be tied to public access.

The article from the Daily News.

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