Short Beach restoration begins

No one will be teeing off at Short Beach in the near future, after Hurricane Sandy caused six figures worth of damage to the golf course.

 

Estimates, according to Chief of Staff Marc Dillon, put the cost to repair the golf course alone at $1.6 million.

Another $700,000 of damage was done to the beach itself, Dillon said.

Repairs have not gone to bid.

Much of the damage was caused when the storm surge pushed 36,000 cubic yards of sand into the parking lot, Dillon said.

Water made its way to Sikorsky Memorial Airport, where runways were left underwater.

“We’re working with FEMA, going through the process of applying for FEMA aid,” Dillon said. “We don’t have any reason to believe we’re not going to be helped on that, but that can be a long process.”

The salt water that swamped the golf course damaged the turf and washed out sand traps. Trees were also blown down by Sandy’s winds.

The golf course at Short Beach was already slated for work, as the Capital Improvement Program for 2013 included $110,000 to rebuild the tees.

“Getting the golf course repaired and open is our priority,” Dillon said. “Capital expenses will come sometime after that.”

The United States Golf Association recently studied the course and made recommendations.

“I think that will be the guide when we start doing repairs,” Dillon said.

How much the town receives from FEMA will determine the scope of the work.

“We’ll be open next year,” Dillon said. “We don’t know what winter is going to bring. Once we get word from FEMA as to what we’re going to get back, we’ll put a plan of attack together. We’ll certainly be open next year.”

Pavilions at Short Beach were also damaged.

“Those will be repaired,” Dillon said. “The bathrooms will be fixed; there was a lot of damage.”

Dillon said major repairs are not needed at the concession stand.

The parking lots at both Short Beach and Long Beach were left pockmarked as Sandy sent water and sand aground.

Sand is being pushed and carried back to the beaches, and being graded as it is restored.

A 50-foot section of seawall in Lordship is being repaired, Dillon said, at a cost of some $90,000.

Sandy decimated the River Dog at the Birdseye boat ramp, and tore apart sheds at the site. In a replay of Hurricane Irene, water got inside the Coast Guard Auxiliary base, Waterfront & Harbor Management Commission Chairman William Rock said. Volunteers from Home Depot recently finished refurbishing the interior after Irene’s wrath.

Birdseye and Bond’s Dock are closed, Rock said, as Public Works surveys the structural integrity of the docks.

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