9 months after Sandy, progress stuck in the sands of Breezy Point

Posted at 9:45 PM, Aug 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-10 00:03:24-04

BREEZY POINT, QUEENS (PIX11) – It was like a homecoming Friday night — just not the kind anyone looks forward to.

We last took a walk down the paths of Breezy Point nine months ago and it’s one we haven’t been able to shake. Fires sparked as Sandy blasted through here, winds carried the embers from home to home reducing some 120 homes to ash.

Speechless then, we returned Friday on kind of a hunch. And we were speechless all over again — after nine months, new construction seemed limited to a lone project. Locals whispered to us their permit application was filed before Sandy hit.

Residents say a combination of red tape from insurance companies and a tedious process to obtain work permits has meant only four homes are being rebuilt in a vast area that contained some 120 homes. One of those to receive the permits? A congressman.