Summer After Sandy: Long Island's beaches reopen

Nikon at Jones Beach Theater is now visible from the boardwalk.

Nikon at Jones Beach Theater is now visible from the boardwalk. (5/23/13)

WOODBURY - Long Island's beaches are set to reopen this Memorial Day weekend for the first time since Superstorm Sandy slammed the shoreline, leaving a path of destruction in its wake.

State Parks Regional Director George Gorman says area beaches will be in better shape than they've been in years due to $100 million in state funds.

Robert Moses Field 5's beach has been replenished with sand and has a new boardwalk built from more resilient wood. The Jones Beach boardwalk, which suffered structural damage, has also been repaired.

Long Beach, which suffered the most damage during Sandy, is still in the process of being restored to its former glory. The boardwalk had to be ripped down, and crews are now working to rebuild it. Long Beach City Manager Jack Schnirman says a retaining wall will be built on the south side of the boardwalk this summer to protect against future storms.

Further east at Smith Point and on Fire Island, Long Islanders will see narrower beaches following severe erosion. People also won't be able to escape the view of destroyed homes.

Still, as the summer after Sandy begins, Long Islanders say they won't let any of that stop them from spending time at the beaches they love.

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