Misquamicut Beach expanding, thanks to Sandy recovery funds

WESTERLY, R.I. (WWLP) – Rhode Island’s Misquamicut Beach is getting ready for its second summer tourist season since Superstorm Sandy, and the continuing recovery effort aims to restore the beach to the condition it was in decades before the storm hit.

All but two of the businesses that were here before Sandy have rebuilt, and a major renovation to the state beach is underway.

Three point two million dollars of hurricane disaster funds have paid for the Army Corps of Engineers to bring 117,000 tons of sand to restore Misquamicut Beach to its original dimensions from 1960.

“There’s going to be more beach for people to use,” Chris Hatfield of the Army Corps of Engineers said. “Prior to us getting out here, there was 125 feet less of flat beach to use, so obviously they will be able to get more people on the beach.”

Without Superstorm Sandy, the beach would likely not have received the funding to make it as wide as it was more than 50 years ago.

The complete beach reconstruction won’t be done in time for Memorial Day Weekend, but plenty of the beach will still be open then, and the project is supposed to be finished by late next week.

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