Fire Island dredging halted for ‘emergency’ beach project near Mar-a-Lago

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Fire Island houses are in trouble due to recent erosion. Doug Kuntz

Posted February 25, 2020

A federal beach-replenishment project near Mar-a-Lago is dredging up some bad feelings on Fire Island.

Two post-Sandy beach-replacement projects are being halted so crews and dredges can be moved to a so-called “emergency” beach project less than a mile from President Trump’s Palm Beach resort.

“Our houses will wash away,” fumed Karen Kee, president of the Ocean Bay Park Association, which has been begging for the sand replenishment since the 2012 hurricane washed away much of the Fire Island neighborhood’s dunes and beach.

“It came out of nowhere,” Kee said of the Army Corps announcement, which came in a Feb. 13 conference call.

Kee said she also happens to have a home in Palm Beach, “20 minutes from the southern White House.”

“I know that there is erosion there, but there is also a sea wall,” said Kee. “They have a sea wall. We don’t have a sea wall. We have houses that are washing away.”

Sen. Chuck Schumer blasted the feds for suddenly and mysteriously shifting priorities.