The Shore Parkway seawall was all but destroyed when Hurricane Sandy hit. Local pols and leaders have been rallying since to get the seawall repaired as soon as possible. Luckily, it has been announced that the seawall will undergo emergency repairs by the Parks Department.
At Community Board 11’s most recent meeting, district manager Marnee Elias-Pavia stated that the seawall will be repaired starting in February, according to the Brooklyn Eagle.
The hazardous conditions of the damaged seawall were a great concern for many in the neighborhood. Senator Marty Golden has been sending letters to FEMA officials and other leaders to urge not only a repair of the seawall, but an overview of the entire structure.
In a letter to Colonel Paul E. Owens of the Army Corps of Engineers, Golden wrote, “It is imperative that work on the damaged section being immediately to prevent further erosion as well as to protect the safety of the community and use of the Belt Parkway.”
Congressman Michael Grimm has also echoed the same sentiments. Both pols want the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to rebuild the entire section of the damaged wall and assess it for safety in the case that another major storm hit the area.
About 250-feet of the seawall saw the greatest damage near 17th Avenue. Many residents use the walkway path adjacent to the seawall for exercise and outdoor activities, and now parts of it are in dire need of repair.
“The district manager of Community Board 10 and I have requested a meeting with the Parks Department so that we can review the plans,” said Elias-Pavia at the CB11 meeting.