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Eight homes in the Canals were destroyed in a fire during Hurricane Sandy.

“It’s great that they are doing the beachside, but they have to do the back bays as well,” he said. “We need bulkheading and other types of mitigation across the whole barrier island. When the bay comes up, the water goes into the storm drains, into the sewers and right into the streets."

Still, Vietri said creating a plan to protect communities along the bay is much more challenging than developing a project for the beachfront.

“The bay tends to be more complicated than the ocean side,” he said. “You have three things that cause damage: wave attack, erosion and inundation. When you’re in a back bay and dealing with the canals and all the features in an estuary environment, you’re solution set to protect against those three items is limited by the geography — it’s a lot easier to provide a line of protection against the ocean.”

He added that any project for the bay would require federal approval and funding — among other factors — and it could be years before the actual work begins.

“It has to be determined if it’s economically justified, if the benefits outweigh the costs,” he said.

Vietri said that the corps has yet to begin its work on the beach. Plans call for a dune system nearly 16 feet above sea level that would extend from the West End of Long Beach to Point Lookout, and raise the height of the beach by five feet. Vietri said that the allocation of federal funding and environmental issues are being worked out, among others.

“We’re working through the process now,” Vietri said. “A lot of issues have to be resolved, but we’re trying to lay it all out, develop a schedule and take the necessary steps to make sure it gets completed. We’re fairly optimistic that it will move ahead.”


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It may be a little too much grand standing but at least its finally on the RADAR? There have been some very good studies that could be revisited that 20 million on top of could put boots on the ground quickly! Some from the very same influences that wish to buy a study again or have already been a part of one in the past? Short memories lead to shortcomings of which we have already had plenty of!

A proposal was introduced after SANDY for the north end of the Long Beach Barrier Island which addresses the content of previous management plans and incorporates some out of the box conceptions worth serious considerations. It never grew legs and was tabled by immediate skeptics. If we revisit our past the solutions may be free as they all have existed for some time? More importantly is shortening the time to implement them before they fade away and resurface by throwing more money at them?

That which I speak of was solicited but never documented... it wouldn't take much digging as it is still relatively fresh on the ground!

The proposal discusses the Implications of a SEAWALL Protection Barrier and Corridor along the Northern Coast of the Long Beach Barrier Island

Robust Flood protection for the total Long Beach Barrier Population saving billions of dollars in future catastrophic events while creating a singular boundary protection to the north vanquishing the need for private and public investments for mitigation which in themselves would save billions more and likely not be a comprehensive endeavor!

The creation of a mitigated flood insurance pool which will contribute to the funding and security of Federal, State and Local resources for future disasters by paying into the system into perpetuity without taxing the funds in future events!

The barrier island once again maintains its integrity as a protection for the wetlands and coastal communities to the North by limiting the impoundment of waters in storm events from passage over the Island as was evident in the Sandy occurrence.

A fully maintainable infrastructure corridor for the implant of pipelines and utilities with uses into the future and the elimination of miles of costly land and submarine excavations consisting of one shot terms of use and no future accessibility!

A combined use of limited funding opportunities to achieve state of the art utilities and protection while encompassing far more than individual projects can provide.

It would be most interesting to get public scrutiny on the concept before the twenty million is spent.... as the whole project lies in the realm of affordability and incorporates practical long range solutions and applications for the future?

This reader has a copy .......Perhaps the Herald will investigate and publish?

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