NYC works to open beaches but neighbors question first projects

Posted at 2:33 PM, May 24, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-24 14:43:44-04

Comfort stations along the beaches in the Rockaways and Coney Island are among the first structures to be completed.

Neighbors wonder why. NYC Parks Department says facilities had to be built first and other storm projects are on-going.

In a statement, a NYC Parks Department spokeperson said, “Public beaches cannot be opened without restrooms or lifeguards. These new buildings, which will house both, are designed to withstand future extreme weather events and elevated above the 500-year flood plain on steel-reinforced concrete pilings. Although some work will continue past Memorial Day, full accommodations will be made to open Rockaway Beach this weekend.  At some areas where we are still putting finishing touches on the new buildings, temporary buildings will be provided.”

The comfort stations cost about $1.5 million dollars each.

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