No LNG Facility, No Fracking!

A global event by Food and Water Watch
JOIN US OCT. 19TH @ 1PM on THE BOARDWALK AT NATIONAL BLVD

No LNG Facility, No Fracking!

Join us in sending TWO messages to Governor Cuomo: Reject the proposed Port Ambrose LNG facility and ban fracking in New York!
As we recognize the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, it is imperative that New York take steps to reduce the threat of climate change catastrophe and lessen our reliance on dirty fossil fuels.

Join the event by RSVP’n here: http://act.foodandwaterwatch.org/site/GetTogether…

Cuomo Veto Port Ambrose Project 2013

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Please attend the only Public Hearing in NY on this project, Tuesday, July 09, 2013 at the Allegria Hotel, 80 West Broadway, Long Beach, NY 11561 4:30 PM to 8PM. Come to our 3rd Floor conference room first before entering the hearing. Get there when you can.

Click HERE to join the Facebook Event

Liquid Natural Gas, LNG, facilities are threatening the New York coast again. The Port Ambrose facility is the same project vetoed by Governor Christie in 2011, but with a new name and logo and closer to New York this time, 17 miles south of Jones Beach, NY. The pipeline from this facilitiy would require 20 miles of the seafloor to be dredged and dug up to connect to an existing pipline 2.5 miles off of Atlantic Beach, NY.

We don’t need to increase our ability to burn more fossil fuel at this time. Foreign imported LNG has a larger carbon footprint than domestic natural gas due to the cooling, transportation and re-gasification required. This LNG port could also be used to export domestic natural gas produced by “fracking” thereby increasing fracking upstate.

Fishing, diving and boating would be impacted as the seafloor is torn up for the pipeline. The project would also be in an prime wind energy generation area creating further conflicts.

Urge Governor Cuomo to reject this application and veto the Port Ambrose project.  Send your letter:  http://action.surfrider.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=8212

Here’s the withdrawn (because of reaffirmed veto) location map and the location map of Port Ambrose –  evidence that this is the same location (but new name) as the port kicked out by Christie.


Attempt1_SecondAmendment_OfficiallyWithdrawnLocation Attempt2_AmbroseProposal

Earth Day Canal Clean Up in Long Beach – Saturday, April 20th at 9am

Long Beach Canals

Surfrider Central LI is joining in the Project 11561 – City of Long Beach Earth Day Weekend Beautification events.

Surfrider will be cleaning up the trash in the canals of Long Beach. Volunteers should meet at Heron Street canal at 9am on Saturday, April 20th. Plan is to clean up Doyle St., Heron St. and Clark St. canals.

Items needed for clean up:

  • Gloves
  • Contractor Bags for Garbage
  • Ropes
  • Extension Ladders
  • Nets / Skimmers
  • Lobster Bags or 5-gallon Buckets with Holes
  • Anything else you think would work well to get trash out of water

Skudin Surf is bringing jet skis, extra boards and wetsuits for anyone who would like to help out in the water and Scott Bochner is bringing the Splash pontoon boat to help out!

Any help will be greatly appreciated! You do not have to get in the water to help! We will need people in the water and on land.

Click HERE to join our event on Facebook and invite your friends!

If you have any questions, please email:  volunteercoordinator@centralli.surfrider.org

Thanks everyone!  Hope to see you there!

Funding of Long Beach Boardwalk Rebuild

Where is the funding from the boardwalk coming from and what are the guidelines that are going to be used to determine stronger, safer, and smarter?

We learned last night that the boardwalk funding will come through FEMA utilizing the Hazard Mitigation Funding Under Section 406 (Stafford Act).

Section 406 provides guidance on the use of hazard mitigation discretionary funding available and is used as a guide by all personnel responsible for the administration of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance Grant Program.

What FEMA is saying is that the boardwalk has a parks/recreation designation.  FEMA is looking at what it will cost to replace the boardwalk and rebuild it so that it can withstand damage in the event of a future storm.  What program 406 allows them to do is to look at alternatives to the materials and engineering that make up the boardwalk itself.  They are not looking at it as a barrier that may offer protection to the city.  No barrier considered.

For example, if it was to be replaced using the pine stringers and board we used before it might cost $18 million (hypothetical number).  Also considered is that this wood has a life of 4-7 years then requires replacement.  If annual maintenance on the boardwalk was $2 million, over 50 years you may spend an additional $100 million in manual repairs and wood replacement.

If the boardwalk was constructed of (hypothetical) Ipe, Brazilian hard wood, and cement it may have a life of 50 years and cost $30 million.  With cement and hard wood the boardwalk would be expected to withstand certain forces of nature.  Section 406 can consider funding the increased cost due to the hazard mitigation guidelines.

Get smart about the 406 guidelines so you are knowledgeable about what we can ask for and how we can best protect ourselves.

http://www.fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit/hazard-mitigation-funding-under-section-406-0

Rebuilding Long Beach Smarter, Safer and Stronger

Hi everyone…

By this point I hope all of you have had the opportunity to familiarize yourselves with the recommendations made to Long Beach by CP&E, the coastal engineering firm the city hired to study us and help prepare us for storm protection. If not, I have attached a document to explain it here:  Explanation of CP and E pdf

The city keeps saying they are going to make sure we are rebuilt safer, stronger, and smarter than before, but they are not saying how this is going to be done. They are not allowing residents to publicly ask questions. We need to make sure our concerns are heard and that decisions about how we rebuild Long Beach are not made behind closed doors.

We have prepared a letter for residents to copy, paste, and send as an email to City Managaer Schnirman and all the members of the council. The letter can also be printed and sent by mail.

Please consider sending this letter ASAP. Pass it on to friends. Have every member of your household send it. Feel free to make changes if necessary or prepare your own letter if you prefer. We have to show the city that we are serious, we are informed, and that we will not settle for anything but the best when it comes to rebuilding Long Beach.

Copy and paste the letter below into an email and send it to the following email addresses:
mfagen@longbeachny.org
fadelson@longbeachny.org
ltorres@longbeachny.org
jmclaughlin@longbeachny.org
smandel@longbeachny.org
jschnirman@longbeachny.org

Or send a copy to each council person and the city manager at 1 West Chester St.
Make sure to add your name and address at the bottom.

Thank you everyone!

Below is the letter:

Dear City Manager Schnirman and Members of the Council,

I am writing to you today as a concerned resident of Long Beach. It is crucial that we tackle the rebuilding process with the long-term best interest of our city and the barrier island as a whole in mind. I am aware of and agree with the recommendations made to the city by Coastal Planning and Engineering. I want to make it clear that I believe the following should be included in the rebuilding process:

1. Incorporate a stationary storm protection barrier, or wall, into the new boardwalk.
2. Extend this barrier through the East End to Lido and through the West End to East Atlantic Beach.
3. Raise all bulkheads along the bay front to a minimum of nine feet.
4. Install flex tide valves into the drainage system of the bay and develop a plan to properly maintain this system.

I would also like to note that while I support a project being conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers, I do not feel that a sand dune alone provides sufficient protection for the ocean side of the island. It certainly does not constitute a safer, smarter, and stronger Long Beach.
The lack of information regarding plans for rebuilding and protecting both the ocean and bay sides of the island has me concerned. I believe it is crucial for residents to have the opportunity to express concern, ask questions, and be privy to options the members of the council are considering.

I look forward to hearing back from you with information addressing my concerns. As a Long Beach resident I have put my trust in you to make decisions that are in my best interest. You are now aware of how I feel. I hope I will have the opportunity to further express my concerns and ask questions as we continue to move forward.

Of all the damage mitigation plans we knew of before the storm, none of them would have protected us. Now that the funds have been established we must work with our neighbors to make sure they are appropriated in our best interest. Now is the time for Long Beach leaders take the lead and create a forum in which all communities on the Long Beach barrier island work together. We will no doubt learn more and be more powerful by working with our neighbors as opposed to going it alone.

Long Beach Storm Protection Barrier Petition and Updates

Surfrider Foundation CLI Members,

Happy New Year! We are looking forward to getting this year off to a good start and we already have many things ahead of us this year that will require more than organizing beach clean ups and avoiding use of plastic bottles.  We will need people to step up and get active.  Pick your spots and be heard.

Coastal Planning & Engineering (CP&E)

CP&E are independent engineers that were hired by the City of Long Beach after the city council voted down the proposed Army Corps of Engineers Long Beach Island Plan in 2006.  A copy of the reports they prepared, one for the ocean side of Long Beach and a second addressing the bayside of Long Beach can be found by using the links we have posted on our website.  The CP&E Plan included the concept of a storm protection barrier in front of the boardwalk.

Surfrider Foundation’s national office is endorsing the CP&E plan.

Storm Protection Barrier?

In short, The ACE has said that a sea wall would not be possible under their current plan and the city council has expressed that a storm protection barrier in front of the board walk would not be in the city’s best interests. The ACE bases their opinion on the change in scope this would cause to their project and how it would jeopardize the funding allocated to the project. The city council trepidation assumes a scenario where the barrier is built, we have another surge event and millions of cubic yards of sand are washed away only to have the ACE cite the barrier as having worked and thus no replenishment of the beach “required”.

Action

We are asking that residents of Long Beach consider signing the attached petition (Mr. Len Torres, City Council President of the City of Long Beach, New York: Incorporate a protective storm barrier into city rehabilitation plans) requesting the addition of a storm protection barrier in front of the boardwalk.  There are new considerations at work since the storm and we believe that the boardwalk needs to be better than it was before.  We think a storm protection barrier integrated as a last resort needs to be part of that plan. It would be logical to think that the government interests that are being asked to fund the building of the boardwalk would want to see their investment protected as well.

From my conversations with the Commissioner of Public Works, Jim LaCarrubba and others the City plans/hopes to use Public Assistance Grant funds to pay for most of the boardwalk reconstruction and other beach projects such as storm damage mitigation plans.  How much they pay for depends on whether the Federal Government requires the State, City and others to pick up a percentage of the cost.

Why am I talking about all of this? Well when it comes time to reconstruct the boardwalk clearly there will be more interested parties at the table than there were in the past.  We will have FEMA approving funds, the Senators vying for the full funding of damage costs that we will need to afford the reconstruction ahead as well as the ACE who has been communicating with the City and has adopted some measures from the independent engineers report prepared by CP&E in 2009.  None of these parties will want to have to go back and ask for more funds or budget in the future for this.

What does that mean? In March the ACE met with the city to go over what they call their LRR (Limited Revaluation Report).  Once an ACE project is funded as the Long Beach Island project was there is a 20% scope modification limit placed on it.  In March 2012 the ACE prepared an LRR presentation to describe what they thought would be possible in the LRR and what was not.  The actual LRR has yet to be delivered as it was promised in late fall or early winter in March.  One thing that was specifically mentioned as putting the scope of the project outside this 20% measurement was a “sea wall”.  So far the scope limitation restriction has not changed. Surfrider National is looking into whether this has changed since the storm in the disaster relief funding already in the approval process.

If you go beyond the 20% scope change you get into a General Revaluation Review which opens the plan up to possible defunding and re-approval requirements, including how costs would be shared with New York State, which could drag the process out another 5-10 years.

Dune rebuilding

Christmas trees may be part of the dune restoration process in Long Beach. Pick up of the trees is on Wednesdays. I am not sure where they are being stored for later use or whether they will take tree donations from out of town.  If you know of other townships with similar programs let me know and I will help get the word out.

Part of the scope revision that ACE did plan to adopt was the dune rebuilding proposed by CP&E.

Boardwalk Demolition

This Saturday at 11am the City of Long Beach will have a ceremony to mark the start of demolition of the old boardwalk at Grand Blvd.  The contractor has 30 days to remove the boardwalk before the city can impose daily financial penalties on them according to the contract.

Rebuilding the new boardwalk and having the beach ready for use in the Summer of 2013 is a priority and goal of the city council and the administration.  I would expect this happen in short order so staying close to the information available at City Council meetings in Long Beach will require attendance.  The next meeting is January 8.  I will try to post any pertinent updates on Facebook and our website.

I have not received any news on the plan for restoration of Ocean Parkway and welcome any update you may have.

Best regards,

Larry Moriarty

Chair

Surfrider Foundation Central LI Chapter

A Solution for Long Beach? You Decide. Read the CP&E Report

After rejecting a $95 Million beachfill in 2006, the City Council of Long Beach hired Coastal Planning and Engineering, CP&E, an engineering firm in Florida to come up with an alternative to the Army Corps’ massive beachfill project.  They also asked CP&E to devise  a plan to address bay-side flooding which affects so many people in Long Beach.  CP&E  finished their reports in 2009 and the reports have sat on the City of Long Beach’s website since then.  No action has been taken on the plans.  So for your convenience, here are both the plans for ocean-side and bay-side protection form CP&E.

LB Nov 2009 CP&E Oceanside Report

Long Beach CP&E Bayside Report Nov 2009

Now that Hurricane Sandy has devastated the area, it only makes sense for everyone in Long Beach to know that there is an alternative plan and to then decide if that is a better plan for Long Beach.  Long Beach could implement the plan that they commissioned and paid for, the CP&E plan, as opposed to the Army Corps plan that the City already rejected.

Meeting Reminder and Address Correction!

The Chapter meeting tomorrow, 12/12/12 is at the Long Beach High School
at 8:30PM but the address is
322 Lagoon Dr W, Lido Beach, NY 11561,
Room 209
Sorry for the previous wrong address.

Help us with a head count. Let us know you are coming. RSVP to the Facebook Event here
https://www.facebook.com/events/290182507769786/

The Long Beach Surfer’s Association meeting is at 7:30 PM in the same place.
Come to both meetings.   

The future of our beaches will be decided in the coming months. Agenda items include:
Electing a Chapter Chair, Volunteer Coordinator, and Treasurer

  • Leaving the breach on Fire Island open
  • Protecting Ocean Parkway near Gilgo in a way that will not harm the beach or surf
  • The Army Corps Return to Long Beach

Please come out and Help Us Shape the Future of LI Beaches.  It is your Chapter.  These are your beaches

Barrier Island Breaches to Remain Open

A breach to the barrier island will remain open for now on Fire Island National Seashore.

Newsday article here: http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/sandy-caused-breach-to-be-left-to-close-naturally-1.4282742

This is a triumph of democracy and common sense because officials originally wanted to close the breach as noted in the article below.  Thanks to Operation SPLASH for bringing this to our attention and for fighting for the health of the bays by advocating for the breach to stay open.

Fire Island Breach Article Post Sandy

Newsday Article on Fire Island Breach Article Post Sandy