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Jan 20, 2010 11:25 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Workers finish dredging Shinnecock Inlet; project comes in $3 million under budget

Jan 20, 2010 11:25 AM

He explained that the approximately 35 commercial fishing boats that move through the channel year-round had adapted their practices to the dangerous conditions of the inlet. Some of the commercial vessels, which range from 35 to almost 100 feet and draw up to 14 feet of water, had to wait until high tide to come into port. Some fishermen would also cut their fishing time short because they were worried about entering the inlet during low tide.

“It was really a detriment for us not to be able to run through the inlet,” Mr. Soleau said, adding that the dredging project should be a boon for the local fishing economy. “It’s beautiful now.”

Now, the massive stockpile of sand on Tiana Beach rises above the dunes near Road K, off Dune Road. Municipalities in the area, including those that lost hundreds of thousands of cubic yards of sand in a powerful nor’easter that devastated the South Shore in November, will be able to use the stockpile to help reverse beach erosion.

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The nearest beach is Ponquogue, Tiana is 2 miles west of the Shinnecock Inlet. Where did the sand go?
By davidf (325), hampton bays on Jan 15, 10 4:18 PM
in there pockets
By asurest (117), easthampton on Jan 15, 10 5:06 PM
This project needs to be inspected to determine if the sand amounts stated are accurate and stockpiled as stated. Congressman Bishop, where are you?????
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Jan 15, 10 5:22 PM
The "stockpile" is a wild thing to see firsthand, use Road K to see it best. Its the length of two football fields and 15 feet high - pretty cool.
By edgwtr (8), Quogue on Jan 15, 10 5:23 PM
"If seven maids with seven mops
Swept it for half a year.
Do you suppose," the Walrus said,
"That they could get it clear?"
"I doubt it," said the Carpenter,
And shed a bitter tear.

By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Jan 15, 10 6:53 PM
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I'm glad it is there. Phew!
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Jan 15, 10 5:33 PM
Is Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company the only company capable of doing this?? They always seem to win the bid? Is it politics or coincidence?
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Jan 15, 10 7:19 PM
Just a Great company, that gets the job done (so they do not have to come back in the fall ) and for less than the bid. Another Win-Win situation. A fine example of our government working right, for the good of everything right on down to the fish. A feel good news story for sure, and money back on top of it all.
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Jan 15, 10 10:35 PM
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They're a very large company that is involved in dredge projects all over the world. They are probably able to bid in lower than other companies due to the size of their outfit. Not to mention they have done many projects in the area and are familiar with the lay of the land (or sea for that matter). This is probably not the last time you'll see GLDD around here.
By Cdwyer213 (68), Quogue on Jan 16, 10 8:10 AM
Well that is great to hear (in this day and age)..and knowing our fishermen will be safe in the inlet is good news too.
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Jan 15, 10 10:54 PM
Excellent news. Thank you Tim Bishop for making this possible.
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Jan 16, 10 4:14 PM
The Shinnecock Inlet is important for Hampton Bays. Thank You Congressman Bishop for the support you show to Hampton Bays and the rest of the East End of Long Island.
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Jan 17, 10 8:38 AM
This is a good story in all manner of ways. The fishemen need all the help they can get. Y'all can be happy in eveary way. Just remember Tim Bishop when you go to the polls in November. He does care about his home town! And the people in it.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Jan 17, 10 3:01 PM
Don't forget Fred Thiele. He supports the fisherman too!
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Jan 17, 10 9:28 PM
Fred is great.
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Jan 17, 10 10:54 PM
Less politicians, and politicking.. More people..
By The Royal 'We' (199), Southampton on Jan 18, 10 12:05 PM
This is great news! Thank you to Chris Nuzzi who lobbied for the dredging and sand stockpiling projects, and to Bishop for his efforts.
By hb guy (17), Hampton Bays on Jan 20, 10 3:40 PM
A low-bid government contract that came in UNDER budget!? I will be on the lookout for rains of frogs and other portents. No wonder Great Lakes wins so many.

It's great that fishermen and recreational boaters will no longer face the hazard of shoaling at the inlet and I think that all those involved in this project deserve commendation.

About fifteen years back, when a hurricane cut through the barrier beach at what is now Westhampton Dunes, we had an opportunity to provide ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jan 20, 10 9:52 PM