Suffolk County Signs Off on $150k to Create Crossover at Fire Island’s Davis Park
Suffolk County has given the OK to spend $150,000 on Fire Island’s Davis Park, to create a crossover to improve access to the beach. The walkway will be built at the end of Davis Park’s Donella Walk.
In order to build the crossover for better beach access, county officials bought a house that has blocked public beach access to Davis Park Beach. The homeowners only used the house seasonally.
Legis. Rob Calarco (D-Patchogue) told Newsday, “We want to create the crossover to allow people to the beach,” although it’s still not known when the project will start.
Since the project could take place at the same time as the dune replenishment project being completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Davis Park, Suffolk officials thought the Army Corps should take over the crossover project. However, they will only undertake projects that fix damage from Hurricane Sandy.
Daniel P. Losquadro, Brookhaven Town highway superintendent, will maintain the new crossover, since Suffolk county is transferring the property where the new walkway is being built to Brookhaven Town. “I’m anxious for the project to be completed,” Losquadro said. “Obviously, it will be my responsibility to maintain.”
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