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Lindenhurst seeks bids to restore Shore Road Park, envisions storm buffer zone

A look at Village Hall, where the board

A look at Village Hall, where the board of trustees, planning board and zoning board of appeals meet. Lindenhurst is New York State's fourth-largest village with more than 28,000 residents. (June 7, 2011) Credit: Alexi Knock

The Village of Lindenhurst is sending out a request for bids for engineering work on Shore Road Park, which was damaged during superstorm Sandy.

The work will be part of the Shore Road Park Waterfront Habitat Restoration Project. The project’s mission is to restore the beachfront of the park, which sits on the Great South Bay. The goal is to control future erosion due to hurricanes, nor’easters, coastal storms and abnormally high tides that over time have washed away the beachfront. The village also hopes to restore the area’s tidal wetlands for wildlife habitat and improve the overall aesthetics of the area, ridding the beachfront of all concrete, asphalt, metals and plastics.

Village officials had been discussing restoring the park even before Sandy hit, said village clerk-treasurer Shawn Cullinane. He said the village would like to create a buffer zone to protect against future storms. Officials are considering a recreation area near the shore, possibly with a walkway and overlook, and hope to obtain state funds to pay for the work, he added.

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