Letters: After Sandy, rebuilding smarter

Sen. Charles E. Schumer called on the National Sen. Charles E. Schumer called on the National Park Service to allow the Army Corps of Engineers to close this breach in a Fire Island National Seashore wilderness area, which was caused by superstorm Sandy. Photo Credit: Fire Island National Seashore

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I would like to voice my opinion about calls by Sen. Charles Schumer and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone to have the National Park Service close up the new inlet breach by Old Inlet, south of Bellport ["Sandy: Breach battle," News, Nov. 20].

As a friend of the Great South Bay and an advocate for a cleaner, healthier bay all my life, I believe this breach is exactly what the bay has needed for decades! This new inlet creates flushing and cleaning, bringing great potential for the rejuvenation of the shell fishing and other marine fisheries long gone in the Great South Bay.

The recreational and economic benefits of a healthy bay are well documented. My hope is that the political leaders listen to the Fire Island National Seashore and leave the breach alone.

Steven Sinacore, Sayville

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The article "After Sandy: Road to recovery" [News, Nov. 26] detailed the reconstruction of Ocean Parkway. Wouldn't this be a great time to add a bike trail to this iconic roadway?

Every few years, a bike trail connecting Robert Moses State Park and Jones Beach is suggested, but is deemed too costly. Would it add a substantial amount to the project by adding the trail at this time?

I understand that time pressure is a hurdle; however, we should consider adding this trail to our existing bike trail system.

Mike Cain, Wantagh

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How to protect New York's tunnels from a storm surge ["Tunnel reopens to normal traffic," News, Nov. 26]? Here's a brainstorm based on the observation that to keep water out of a bottle, a cork is better than a piece of foil, plastic film or any membrane stretched over the bottle's mouth.

If it doesn't already exist, someone needs to invent a sprayable plastic foam that solidifies quickly. Start spraying the stuff 100 or 200 feet in from the tunnel entrance. Fill the tube from floor to ceiling. Keep spraying and filling while backing out.

The result would be a giant plug that gets tighter as water presses on it.

Levees can be overtopped. Gates only hold until they don't. A big plug, on the other hand, might leak around the edges, but it can stay jammed in until the water recedes.

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Gary Matson, Sunnyside

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