I am pleased to report significant hurricane recovery in the Pines. We have been working through our Erosion Control District to implement a trap bag project in the Pines. We believe this is the most effective project that can be implement
ed in a short period of time. Our project is modeled after a similar one that was done in Saltaire in late December. Similar projects are being pursued in the Brookhaven communities of Ocean Bay Park and Davis Park. We have been working for the last two months to resolve issues related to construction/logistics, financing and permitting. The issues have been resolved. We are relying on the Town to accomplish this project and this brings complex Town procedures and rules into play. The Town staff has been helpful. The tight deadline has made it more complicated. Piping Plover season begins on April 1 and any project has to be completed by the end of March. I am pleased to report we have resolved all of the issues and the project construction will begin Monday and should complete within three weeks. The trap bags are 6 feet by 3 feet by 4 feet high and they taper towards the top. The bags are linked together
in 100 bag sections. Construction will be done by Reilly Construction of Central Islip Long Island. We worked with Russ Reilly on the beach scraping following Hurricane Irene in 2011. We were very pleased with his work and look forward to working with him on the new project. The bags are in shipment and will arrive Monday. Tony's Barge will be involved with the shipments to the Pines. The bags will be placed the entire length of the Pines. The bags will be placed at the toe of eroded dunes or immediately seaward of existing structures (whichever is more seaward)
. At the conclusion of the project we will install a length of sand fence in front of the trap bags using a zig zag pattern. The project is being financed through the Town's borrowing authority and will be repaid through our taxes over a five year period.
It took us over a month from the time of our application to the New York State DEC to obtain our necessary permit. The permit has a number of significant conditions attached to it. In order to do the project we had to accept the conditions. The conditions include completion by March 31, scraping a very narrow area to fill the bags, a scraping project in August to cover the bags assuming we meet the conditions for scraping and removal of the bags if a larger beach replenishment project occurs.
We are coordinating the project with debris removal. The Army Corps of Engineers
will begin debris removal in the Pines on Monday. We do not have the final plan yet but anticipate contractors will be picking up debris from in front of homes. In the case of the ocean front houses, debris will be picked up on either the Ocean Walk or beach side of the home.
Boardwalk repairs are underway. The Highway Department plans to repair the boardwalks between Fisherman and Sail Walk, the Ocean and Nautilus Walks area and the Cedar to Pine Walk area. As soon as the trap bag project completes the walks and steps to the beach will be reconstructed. At this time only every other set of steps will be reconstructed. The rest will follow later.
FIPPOA is undertaking repairs to the electrical systems for the Pines Marina. Those repairs are estimated to cost $40,000 and will be completed by April 15th.
We are fortunate that our community did not sustain the level of damage in many other communities on Fire Island. We believe that the trap bag project we are implementing will provide protection from the ocean until a larger project can go in. Debris from the storm will be removed in March, substantial repairs to the boardwalks will occur and our Marina will be up and running. We expect The Pines to be in good shape by the beginning of the season.
And finally, we have good news from Fire Island Pines Ventures: the Pavilion construction is substantially underway and on schedule to open Memorial Day Weekend. "We are very excited for the community to experience the newly designed Pavilion, which opens Memorial Day weekend with an impressive line-up of DJ talent" says Constantino Papadakis, General Manager.