New dock to be more resilient against future storms
North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the town board announced that the town will receive $12.5 million from the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) in order to replace the North Hempstead Town Dock in Port Washington due to damages incurred during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. The new town dock will also be equipped with more resilient features in order to help better prepare for and withstand future storms.
The project, originally approved in April 2015, was slated to provide funding for technical assistance from an engineering firm to perform a damage assessment on the town dock, but now will include replacement of the entire dock. Following a review of a more than 500-page report from Rising Tide Engineering, it was determined damages were sustained to the overlay parking lot, and concrete catch basins, as well as various other key components to the dock. The 500-page report from Rising Tide was paid for under FEMA’s first version of the project.
“Hurricane Sandy took quite a toll on many of our parks and facilities in North Hempstead, including our beloved town dock,” Supervisor Bosworth said. “I thank FEMA for providing us this funding that will allow us to continue to make town dock safe for residents to use and formidable against any future natural disasters.”
Supervisor Bosworth also thanked U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, who called on the federal government in April of 2014 to provide funding for rebuilding and resiliency efforts following Hurricane Sandy, including the reconstruction of Town Dock.
“We must make sure Long Island’s popular downtown waterfront areas—like Port Washington—are rebuilt stronger than before, so that residents are protected from future storms, tourists and visitors keep flocking in, and our businesses thrive long into the future,” said U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer. “After our push, FEMA has agreed to provide the Town of North Hempstead with the federal funding needed to rebuild a new, more resilient Town Dock in the heart of Port Washington’s Main Street area. I am confident that the new Town Dock will continue to serve as an economic anchor and meet the needs of local boat enthusiasts, fishermen, restaurant-goers, business owners and more.”
The rebuilding will also incorporate work from local artists in the new structure aided by a $75,000 grant announced last July from the National Endowment for the Arts. Under this plan, the Town will transform the dock from an underused parking lot into an attractive, interactive park with green infrastructure, natural and built art elements, and spaces for community gatherings and arts programming that connect to the area’s maritime heritage.
In addition to the $75,000 NEA grant, the Town will also use a New York State Department of State Local Waterfront Revitalization Program grant for $120,000. This will ensure the new town dock incorporates input from local residents and that the dock remains an economic driver for the region.
Town dock is the headquarters for the town’s harbor patrol and is located at 347 Main Street in Port Washington. The facility offers residents an opportunity to moor boats, and is equipped with a pump-out station, pump-out boat, dingy tie-up and a view of Manhasset Bay.
For more information about the Town of North Hempstead or other Hurricane Sandy related projects, visit www.northhempsteadny.gov.