Dear Mr. Schultz:

 

Thank you for contacting me regarding the proposed public access of Asharoken beaches. I appreciate your thoughts and welcome the opportunity to respond. 

 

As you may know, in October 2012, Superstorm Sandy destroyed the dunes protecting Asharoken and temporarily closed Asharoken Avenue due to flooding. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had developed preliminary plans to dredge a section of Long Island Sound and use that sand to restore 2.4 miles of the beach. Construction is expected to start in December 2015. Most of the project funds will come from the Army Corps and New York State Department of Environment Conservation (DEC) with 10.5% provided by Asharoken Village. The project is estimated to cost between $25-$30 million. All three entities will be responsible for renourishment upon completion of the project of which Asharoken would be responsible for about 15% of the share of the costs.

 

Because public funds will be coming from the Army Corp and DEC, both agencies have stated that the beaches must be opened to the public in order to receive such funds. The Mayor of Asharoken has written to me addressing a number of concerns he and our shared constituents have regarding public access and I have contacted the Army Corps asking the agency to address these concerns. I want you to know I am monitoring this situation closely and I am committed to working with all stakeholders on the issue of public access. 

 

Thank you again for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to do so again on any matter of concern. You can keep in touch by liking my Facebook page (Facebook.com/RepSteveIsrael), or following me on Twitter (@RepSteveIsrael). You can also visit my website (http://house.gov/israel) to learn more about the issues important to you and to sign up for my e-mail updates.

 

 Sincerely,
 Steve Israel
 Member of Congress

 

 

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