Dune project back on track after plover snag
A dune replenishment project on Suffolk's South Shore is back on track after a lawsuit involving a bird that calls the coast home.
A federal judge has denied the Audubon Society's request to block part of the 19-mile flood protection dune project planned for Fire Island.
The society sought to show that the project would harm endangered piping plovers nesting at Smith Point County Park.
The judge's ruling lifted a temporary restraining order that had halted the $207 million Army Corps of Engineers project.
Local officials say the project is key to protecting residents from flooding during future storms.