On Friday January 4, Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman along with East Hampton Trustee Diane McNally visited Louse Point to witness the long awaited arrival of the dredge destined to begin work on Accabonac Harbor.
Dredging has commenced and will continue around the clock until January 15. Schneiderman, chair of the county’s Public Works Committee, fought to include Accabonac Harbor in the 2012-2013 dredging schedule. Schneiderman has been successful in securing funding for three dredging projects in the Town of East Hampton over the past two years. Additional projects include Three Mile Harbor and Northwest Creek.
The work is being performed by Gibson & Cushman Contracting Inc. and will include opening both the inlet and channel and rebuilding the Louse Point Beach at an estimated county cost of $1.14 million. The project will move approximately 25,000 cubic yards of material out of the inlet and on to the beach.
“I am pleased to have worked with the East Hampton Town Trustees on this project which will open up the navigable channel at Accabonac Harbor,” said Schneiderman in a press release issued Tuesday. “I am looking forward to a safe boating season.”
“Accabonac Harbor has been gradually filling in with sand. Now, thanks to Jay’s hard work, boaters will be able to navigate safely,” said East Hampton Town Councilman Dominic Stanzione.