Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi sits on one of the...

Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi sits on one of the fallen columns from a gazebo in Morgan Memorial Park built in 1932 that was badly damaged in a July 18 thunderstorm. (July 19, 2012) Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

The historic Glen Cove gazebo brought down by violent thunderstorms in July will be one step closer to being rebuilt Wednesday when a crane is scheduled to lift the roof onto the steel support beams.

The structure, a focal point of Morgan Memorial Park since 1932 when financier J.P. Morgan Jr. built the park in memory of his late wife, had for decades been the site of weddings, summer concerts and even first kisses.

“It’s being raised, and it’s nearing completion,” Mayor Ralph Suozzi said Tuesday of the rebuilding process.

Built of wood and secured only with nails as it was before July, the gazebo would not have survived superstorm Sandy, Suozzi said. Heavy winds in July “lifted it up like a sail,” he said.

Rebuilt “with bolts and steel,” as it will be when reconstruction is complete, it would have withstood Sandy, Suozzi predicted.

Sandy did, however, interfere with the gazebo’s building schedule. It was to be complete by Thanksgiving, but the city is now aiming to have it erected by Christmas, Suozzi said.

The mayor said the structure will cost more than $70,000 to rebuild, but added that various community donations have whittled the expense down to about $4,000 for Glen Cove.

He said he expects even more contributions. “It won’t cost us anything at the end of the day.”

Photo: Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi sits on one of the fallen columns from a gazebo in Morgan Memorial Park built in 1932 that was badly damaged in a July 18 thunderstorm. (July 19, 2012)

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