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Public meeting set for Jones Beach restoration project

A public information meeting on a proposed $65 million Jones Beach Revitalization Plan, the largest-ever rehabilitation effort at a Long Island state park, will be held May 8.

The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, which unveiled the plan last month with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, has scheduled a public forum from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Nassau County Legislative Building at 1550 Franklin Ave. in Mineola.

The meeting is the initial step in the parks department's State Environmental Quality Review process.

Besides state parks officials, participants will include landscape architects from plan consultants Rhodeside & Harwell, which has an office in Manhattan. Attendees can ask questions and make comments.

"We are relying on the community to be a great voice in this historic transformation," said Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey.

In addition to the May 8 public meeting, parks representatives have begun holding meetings with leaders of various nonprofit and business groups and public safety agencies to get their input.

The five-year project gets underway as the park marks its 85th anniversary this year. It will restore historic structures that have deteriorated or have been altered. The Central Mall will be revitalized with gardens, native vegetation will be replanted and the fountain will be restored.

The project will not only greatly expand food and recreational options at Jones Beach, but the new construction will make the park, which was badly damaged by superstorm Sandy in October 2012, more weather-resistant.

The plan can be viewed at http://nysparks.com/inside-our-agency/documents/JonesBeachStateParkRevitalizationInitiativeDCP.pdf.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story said the public meeting on the proposed Jones Beach Revitalization Plan would be held May 6. It is scheduled for May 8.

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