03/08/14 9:26am
03/08/2014 9:26 AM

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An East Marion man was arrested for driving drunk after police found him stuck in the sand at Town Beach in Southold Friday night, according to Southold Town Police.

An officer patrolling the area around 11:45 p.m. found Ward Baker, 59, trying to remove his car from the beach, according to a police report. The vehicle’s tires were spinning and the engine was smoking, the report stated.

The officer went to check on it and found Mr. Baker to be driving it while intoxicated, police said.

He was arrested and transported to headquarters, where he was processed and held for arraignment.

03/02/11 9:18pm
03/02/2011 9:18 PM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Damage to the Southold Town Beach (photo taken December 28, 2010).

New York state is eligible for federal disaster aid for the blizzard that caused severe erosion on the East End on Dec. 26, 2010, but Southold Town will likely not know how much federal aid might be released until after a meeting with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials on March 8.

FEMA recently announced that federal disaster aid will be made available to local governments and some private nonprofit organizations in Nassau and Suffolk counties for “emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe winter storm.”

The federal agency will pay not less than 75 percent of the eligible costs for repairing public facilities and not less than 75 percent of the eligible costs for removing debris from public areas. But FEMA will pay not more than 75 percent of the cost of hazard mitigation projects in the wake of the storm.

The March 8 meeting will be held at Suffolk County Department of Fire and Rescue headquarters, according to Southold Town network and systems administrator Lloyd Reisenberg, who compiled the town’s storm damage report.

Mr. Reisenberg said the town has submitted a plan for long-term repair of the parking lot at Town Beach in Southold that will stand up to future storms. The parking lot has been closed since the storm because the asphalt was undercut and is crumbling due to stripping away of the underlying sand.

The town is also seeking federal help to repair several hundred feet of road between Goldin Lane and the end of Soundview Avenue, also in Southold. That road has also been closed to traffic since the storm. In addition, the town seeks funds to replenish sand lost at Town Beach, McCabe’s Beach and Kenny’s Beach.

At the March 8 meeting, officials will receive information on how to apply for the aid, which will be distributed through New York State.

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02/09/11 10:22am
02/09/2011 10:22 AM

Southold Town has been trying for more than a month to hold an informational session at Town Hall on erosion problems caused by this winter’s many storms, but stormy weather canceled the session planned for last Wednesday.

The meeting, slated to include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Suffolk County Department of Public Works and County Legislator Ed Romaine, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m. at the Southold Town Recreation Center on Peconic Lane.

In the meantime, the town is considering its options for repairing damage done by the fierce post-Christmas blizzard to the parking lot and beach at Town Beach on Long Island Sound in Southold.

That storm scoured a steep cliff into the formerly gentle slope of the beach and undercut the asphalt parking lot, which is crumbling into the beach.

Various proposals for Town Beach and potential fixes for the stretch of Soundfront beach along Hashamomuck Cove will be on the agenda at next Wednesday’s session.

Town director of public works Jamie Richter told the Southold Town Board at a work session last Tuesday that the best way to stabilize the parking lot would be to build a revetment of some kind at the new edge of the asphalt before replenishing the beach.
But Mr. Richter said it might be hard to get permits in time to finish the work before the summer. Unless the Federal Emergency Management Agency pays back the town for storm costs, the project may prove too costly as well, he added.

“Town Beach is a very popular beach. In four months, people are going to want to use it,” said Councilman Vincent Orlando said during the work session.

Supervisor Scott Russell said he doubted that New York State met the $25 million threshold to qualify for FEMA funding for the Dec. 26 blizzard, though Suffolk County met FEMA’s threshold of $4 million. But unless the state threshold is also met, he said, FEMA will not pay out for claims here.

Mr. Russell said that the town had been offered 30,000 cubic yards of dredged sand from Orient Beach State Park, which could be used to restore Town Beach before the summer season.

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