Long Island beaches prepare for summer

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Long Island's beach season is fast approaching, and work is underway in some communities to make sure the shore is shored up after being battered by storms.

The string of March nor'easters clobbered parts of the coast, from the tip of the South Fork to the North Shore of Nassau. In Montauk, work is still underway to replenish the sand. And in Glen Cove, officials say there's still significant damage to busy Prybil Beach, although they expect repair work to be done by Memorial Day Weekend.

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Fire Island sustained significant damage. Gilgo Beach offers one of the most dramatic examples of wintertime erosion, where a massive "scoop-out" was caused by the March storms.

But Long Island's biggest beaches, Jones Beach and Robert Moses, are in very good shape, according to George Gorman, who oversees state parks on Long Island.

"At Robert Moses, there was so much sand building up in front of the water tower, I hadn't seen such sand in so long, I was thrilled," Gorman says. "Then after the nor'easters, half that sand was taken out to sea."

A spokesman for Nassau says county beaches are also in good shape for summer.

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