Photo by Mike Shain The stretch of Rockaway Beach from Beach 92nd Street to Beach 102nd Street should be open in time for the summer swim season.

City hopes eroded Rockaway Beach will be restored in time for summer with new sand supply

New York City - Rockaway Beach business owners were horrified to learn just days ahead of the summer swim season last year that an 11-block stretch would be closed due to beach erosion that had created unsafe conditions for beachgoers.

Now Mayor Bill de Blasio, Senator Charles Schumer, Congressman Gregory Meeks and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz announced on March 4 a plan to replenish and restore the popular stretch from Beach 91st to Beach 102nd streets.

They have reached an agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers to use the sand from the East Rockaway Dredging project and use it to replenish the beach and allow it to reopen this coming summer.

“Rockaway Beach defines summer in New York City,” de Blasio said. “Reopening this beach means a lot to this community and families all over the city. We’ve worked months with the Army Corps and our federal partners on a solution to get it done.”

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