Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The breach on Fire Island at Old Inlet opened by Superstorm Sandy is blamed by some for Long Island flooding and credited by others with improving Great South Bay water quality (FINS).A large-scale $700 million project—first authorized a half-century ago—to upgrade storm protections along a vulnerable 83-mile stretch of Long Island coastal areas now has the full support of New York State, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday.The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers project will install upgraded storm protections from Fire Island to Montauk Point and includes expedited repairs to restore dunes and beaches battered by Superstorm Sandy seven months ago.“We are taking steps to build it back stronger and better prepared to withstand future storms,” Cuomo said of badly damaged South Shore beaches.“This project will protect local communities and residents against future storms, including shoring up defenses in coastal areas,” he said, noting the area’s importance to local tourism.It’s unclear when construction will start, but the project promises to enhance dunes along the coast, install surge dampening natural infrastructure in and along the bays, and elevate some 4,000 flood-prone structures, officials said.The governor’s statement also noted that the project will take into account sea level rise and the “more intense storms projected under on-going climate change.”The state’s support now allows the projecting to officially move forward.Sen. Chuck Schumer said the plan was “long a dream of coastal communities on the South Shore,” adding that homeowners can “feel a little more secure knowing that vital protections, in the forms of dunes, berms, beaches and more will now be constructed.”The project is more than 50 years in the making. It was first authorized by the Rivers and Harbors Act in 1960.
Latest posts by (see all) Latest Posts ELLSWORTH — Adrian van Dereb of Brooksville defeated Julia Rumney of Venice, Fla., 6-4, 6-4 in a tight match for the girls’ age 18 and under Chris Angell Summer Classic championship on June 27 at the Ellsworth Tennis Center.For the boys’ age 18 and under championship, which was held on June 28, Nathaniel Boechat of Brooklin defeated Frankie Hay of Scotland 6-0, 4-6, 6-2.The tournament is an annual fundraiser for the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Maine — the state’s largest grassroots support, education and advocacy organization committed to the issue of mental illness.Sophia Gabrion, director of public education at NAMI Maine, spoke at a dinner for the players Saturday night about mental illness. NAMI Maine is the recipient of a large federal grant aimed at preventing teenage suicide through education and support.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn a tightly contested mixed doubles division, Nathaniel Boechat and Lindsey Nevin of Brooklin beat Aden Byrne of Brooksville and Adrian van Dereb.Sean Flynn of Hancock was the age 14 and under Round Robin division’s high scorer with 24 game wins compared to Brooklin’s Lindsey Nevin’s 16 wins.Principal sponsors of the tournament include Machias Savings Bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, John Edwards Market, Acadia Group Realty, Mortons Moo Ice Cream, Ellsworth Uveitis and Retina Care, Bellview Associates, The Brooklin Inn, Ellsworth Tennis Center and Maine Tennis Foundation.This United States Tennis Association-sanctioned tournament will be held next year on the weekend of June 21.Age 18 and under singles winner Nathaniel Boechat (right) and runner-up Frankie Hays pose together with their awards after the Chris Angell Summer Classic, which was held June 27-28 at the Ellsworth Tennis Center. PHOTO COURTESY OF CHIP ANGELL Donald Trump Jr. to host Holden campaign event – September 18, 2020 Real Estate Transfers Week of Sept. 17 – September 18, 2020 Bio Drive-thru flu shot clinics scheduled – September 18, 2020