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Breezy Point dune plan passes first review

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By EMILY C. DOOLEY | AP

NEW YORK (AP) -- A multimillion-dollar federal grant request to build a dune system and other coastal protections for a Queens neighborhood heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy is moving forward.

The $58.2 million project grant request submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency entails building a double dune on the Breezy Point community's ocean-facing side, as well as potentially constructing a seawall and groins along the bay in both Breezy Point and Roxbury to prevent flooding and erosion.

Breezy Point on the western edge of the Rockaway peninsula lost 355 homes to fire and flooding during Sandy.

The state announced Monday that $1.2 million has been awarded to support technical, feasibility and permitting needs for the project. Another $57 million in funds for design, engineering and construction could follow, according to the governor's office.

 

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