Newsday on Army Corp project, plus ‘Where will the Sand Come From?’

Newsday has some more info on the Army Corps dune project to begin in Long Beach in 2017

“The Point Lookout-to-Lido Beach phase is expected to be completed in 2017 and $85 million of improvements are expected to start in Long Beach in 2018.

………Beach sand is being replaced from a beach fill area on the ocean floor, about 1 mile offshore from Long Beach. Crews will take fine sand similar to the current beach makeup to add 36 million cubic yards of sand to the beach.” [LINK]

One issue which has been brought up on this blog before in an article that I cannot find: Will we be getting the same wonderful sand when they replenish the beach? The Newsday article says yes. In the blog article which I cannot find, I mentioned a similar Army Corp project that happened in (New Jersey or Maryland or one of those Carolinas) years ago where they dredged terrible, rocky sand and ruined the beach. I know nothing about the Long Beach Borrow Area that’s marked on the image below, but it does appear this concern will be addressed, so cross your fingers.

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READ: Army Corp of Engineers 6/29/16 Meeting Presentation 

I am a certified open-water scuba diver, so a great blog post would involve me diving down to that area and take actual video. Perhaps even bring a shoe to perform the Long Beach Sand in my Shoes-test, to physically feel if quality is the same. Screen Shot 2016-07-05 at 10.54.44 AM


Will the Town of Hempstead Finally Join the Rest of Long Island? [Complete Streets]

The other day I did an article about bike lanes on Park Avenue in Long Beach where I briefly mentioned the Complete Streets-concept (read –Are Bike Lanes on Park Avenue even possible?). I was originally going to write more, especially on how every Long Island township, with the exception of the Town of Hempstead (TOH) were on board with Complete Streets. Newsday is reporting that the TOH are making steps to finally make it happen:

“The Hempstead Town board is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a policy that would consider safety and convenient access for all users of town roads — including people in cars, on foot, on bicycles and on buses — in the design, construction and revamping of town streets. The towns of North HempsteadBabylonIslipBrookhaven and Southampton already have adopted similar policies. (Source – Hempstead to vote on road design policy)

Of course people who left comments for that article have no [insert bad curse word] clue. This does not mean that every single street will be retrofitted into a Complete Street over night. It simply means that when it’s time to redesign/renovate a road, Complete Streets will be considered.


Yeah, because white paint is soooooooooo expensive.

Get a life. Safer streets are a priority as far as I’m concerned.

(sorry, just cranky)

Why does this matter to us in Long Beach since we’re not in the Town of Hempstead? Well, all of our neighboring towns (Atlantic Beach, Oceanside, Island Park, Harbor Island, Barnum Island, Lido Beach and Point Lookout) are. Austin Blvd in Island Park, which is especially dangerous for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists, is apparently undergoing a traffic study. Let’s hope they make it a safer road and not just pour new blacktop. (read – A Safer Austin Boulevard?)

I think we all pretty much agree how bicycling on Lido Blvd in Lido Beach should be safer. The current design, even with those new medians, actually makes me drive my car faster. That road would have benefited tremendously with Complete Streets. As of now, the only safe way to ride your bike there is on the sidewalk which is against the law.

Like that Newsday article says: Long Island in general is home to most of the dangerous roads in the region and the Town of Hempstead is not excluded from that.”

A few articles

Just a couple of articles I had lying around. Figured I’d pass them along. The first article isn’t as pleasant as the latter.

Atlantic Beach is our neighbor and I usually will mention any major news that happens next door. A body washing ashore is major news.  Read –  Man’s body found after it washes up on Atlantic Beach

This next article has a few cute suggestions on what to do in and around town. Read –  Summer drives: Point Lookout to Atlantic Beach