Boaters will have to wait for repairs to light tower in Jones Inlet until 2014

Boaters will continue to navigate dangerous waters until the navigational light tower in Jones Inlet at Jones Beach is repaired sometime in 2014. Sen. Charles

Boaters will continue to navigate dangerous waters until the navigational light tower in Jones Inlet at Jones Beach is repaired sometime in 2014.

Boaters will continue to navigate dangerous waters until the navigational light tower in Jones Inlet at Jones Beach is repaired sometime in 2014. (7/8/13)

JONES BEACH - Boaters will continue to navigate dangerous waters until the navigational light tower in Jones Inlet at Jones Beach is repaired sometime in 2014.

Sen. Charles Schumer says funds for the $1 million project have already been secured, but that the Coast Guard says the damage is extensive and the repair work must be done in stages.

According to the Coast Guard, the breakwater sustained catastrophic damage during Sandy that must be repaired prior to work on the tower and light.

Boaters say they are left to navigate the waterway blind, risking hitting the jetty and sinking.

Local boaters have joined Schumer in calling the Coast Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to step up the repairs. The breakwater is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and is currently on its projects list.

For now, authorities have placed a hazard buoy near where the light tower used to be, but boaters say it's not adequate to ensure boater safety. 

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Police have identified the mother as Nina Bryant 1 Mother and child killed in Mount Vernon fire
Gov. Andrew Cuomo was on Long Island Sunday 2 Cuomo unveils $130M project to reconstruct Nassau Expressway
Long Island Medium Thersa Caputo sat down with 3 Interview: LI Medium talks about her health scare
This four-week event spotlights places to eat, drink 4 East End: Winterfest
A small plane crashed into a wooded area 5 VIDEO: Chopper 12 over small plane crash at Gabreski Airport

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Boaters say they can't navigate without the main Boaters ask for speedy replacement of light tower

Long Island boaters and Sen. Charles Schumer are calling on the Coast Guard to replace

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE