Coastal Planning & Engineering reports:
Dredging for the 2008-2009 Fire Island Beach Renourishment project is predicted to start as early as Saturday evening, or more likely sometime on Sunday, January 25, 2009, weather allowing. Construction will start in Fair Harbor, and move west initially. During the first day or two of pumping, the beach will be open to traffic. Once a substantial amount of sand is placed upon the beach, traffic must be detoured around the construction area, except for emergency vehicles. Traffic will be detoured to the inland road between Kismet Cut and the Town of Islip Beach cut to the east of Lonelyville. A detour sign will be placed at the Kismet cut.
During construction, scheduled to last a couple of months, detours and beach closures should be anticipated. Beach closures will occur in the following order: Western Fire Island Communities (Saltaire to Lonelyville), Fire Island Pines, Central Fire Island Communities (Cornielle Estates and Summer Club to Ocean Bay Park), and Davis Park.
Coastal Planning & Engineering Inc. will have a field representative (N. Sharp or Q. Robertson) on site during construction and can be reached locally at 631-387-7320 or at their main office 561-391-8102.
Alternating Points of contact for the dredger (Weeks Marine Inc.) are as follows:
Dean Robinson: 985-705-2970 for the next two weeks
Mike Ward: 985-237-5037
Weeks Marine can also be reached at their office in Bay Shore at: 631-328-5821