Over $300,000 in federal funding is going to be used to repair the Peconic Bay Shoreline Bulkhead and the parking lot at Veterans Beach in the Mattituck Park District after they were severely damaged during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Congressman Lee Zeldin, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, announced on Monday that he secured the funding — $349,335.28 to be exact — through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Fund.
“Veterans Beach in Mattituck Park District was one area that was severely impacted, leaving the parking lot and bulkhead damaged and in need to significant repair,” Mr. Zeldin (R-Shirley) said in a statement. “This is funding that was long overdue. Through the federal funding secured, Mattituck Park District will now be able to fund the necessary renovations to protect, restore and strengthen our local community so that Long Island can rebuild stronger than before.”
Mike Ryan, commissioner of Mattituck Park District, said Mr. Zeldin’s help “rescued [their] stalled application from FEMA” and saved residents from funding the restoration of the parking lot and shoreline bulkhead.
Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell said Mr. Zeldin delivered for residents of Southold Town.
“Veterans Beach is an important asset to the community and this money is key to making sure we can all enjoy it for years to come,” he said.
Photo Caption: A view of Veterans Beach in Mattituck Tuesday morning. (Credit: Nicole Smith)