Long Island Beach Projects Will Go To Congress For Approval This Year

Federal officials say that the long-awaited Fire Island to Montauk Point Reformulation Study, or FIMP, is finally expected to begin pumping money, and sand, into shoreline reconstruction projects along all of Long Island in 2020 or 2021.

East Hampton Town officials say they have been assured that the project plan will include a major beach nourishment project in Montauk, and that the easternmost beaches will be among the first efforts to be mobilized once funding is available.

But they’ve also been told that the final versions of the plans for Montauk are not as robust as the town and its consultants have said is needed.

“We’re told that our request that Montauk be the first project when FIMP is ready to go is in there, so we hope that 2021 is possible,” Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc said earlier this month. “Given their track record, I’ll just say we’re cautiously optimistic. And if they do get going by then, then we have a lot of work to do to be ready to add onto that.”

According to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman, the FIMP plan—which stumbled through five decades of study and planning before Superstorm Sandy spurred $1 billion in funding to get projects shovel ready—is being finalized and should be presented to Congress later this year.

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