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Letter: For South Shore, what's changed?

Erosion damage caused by superstorm Sandy in front

Erosion damage caused by superstorm Sandy in front of homes along Soundview Drive in Montauk on Nov. 19, 2012. Photo Credit: Gordon M. Grant

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's statement of support for the federally funded project to protect Long Island's South Shore makes for great publicity for Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Tim Bishop and especially the governor himself ["Guv backs $700M plan to reinforce South Shore," News, June 15].

I hate to be cynical, but let's be realistic. Has anything changed since a similar project was approved in the 1960s? According to the story, "exactly when construction will start is unclear" and "the funding faces competition because while the federal package provided the money, no one project is earmarked in the bill." The secretaries of the Army and the Interior must also sign off on the final plan.

The 1960s plan never happened, partially because of the inability of government entities to agree on a comprehensive plan. Has anyone seen evidence of that state of affairs changing? Maybe in another 50 years.

Anne Leonardi, Mastic Beach


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