By Seth Forman, Lee E. Koppelman
A finished account of the historical past of the hearth Island nationwide beach considering the fact that its production in 1964.
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The bridge was destroyed by a storm in 1917 and went through many reconfigurations. In 1931, Suffolk County approved a Robert Moses plan to spend $31 million on various projects, including a substantial bridge at Smith Point. Work did not begin immediately and plans were shelved until after World War II. Y. 1. Fire Island Communities and Parklands were opened. The county soon after bought land from Walter Shirley and extended its popular beach and attendant parking lots. 4 acre lot at Whalehouse Point called “Ho Hum Beach” which the village of Bellport purchased in 1963.
Optimism began to surface in August 1963 when the USCE announced that the long awaited erosion control project was expected to commence in two months. After a hiatus of twenty-two years, the first phase of the forty-two mile, $38 million project was ready for implementation. 9 million. 2 million had now grown to $60 million. The optimism was short-lived. The Board of Supervisors, on August 5, 1963, postponed action because of the increased costs. Supervisor Evan Griffing from Suffolk’s smallest town, Shelter Island, served as the Chairman of the Board.
26 The Babylon Tuna Club’s Fire Island Inlet Safety Committee expressed the view that the 2,200 foot long dike actually caused the water in the inlet to flow more rapidly, thereby increasing the menace to boaters. These challenges were substantiated by the Coast Guard, who warned mariners to only use the channel when the tides were slack. While this recommendation would obviously enhance safety, it would, if followed, curtail boating activity through the channel. In response to these charges, that the channel was a navigational hazard, the Long Island State Park Commission and the USCE rallied to justify and support their actions.