Long Beach seawall to be replaced #RockportMA in the news

Michael Cronin piece in today’s Gloucester Daily Times, “Long Beach seawall to be replaced: Rockport must pay 25% of $2.6M Long Beach project”- here

ROCKPORT — Work to replace more than 400 feet of Long Beach’s dilapidated seawall is expected to start next year.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced last month it will cover 75% of the project’s estimated $2,580,000 cost through Public Assistance Program funding via the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency “to reconstruct a seawall, revetment, and beach access stairs.” 

“The 25% matching funds will need to be approved at Town Meeting,” said Rockport Public Works Director Joe Parisi. “It will be included in an article at this spring’s Town Meeting.”

From there, the town will pursue hiring a construction company to do the work. Parisi said design and permitting would begin this year and construction will most likely start in 2022.

Michael Cronin reporting for Gloucester Daily Times 2/1/2021

photos below – looking back – selection Long Beach seawall maintenance series, c. ryan

photo: Feb. 1, 2021- sand covers rip rap come summer

Sand Streak- Oct. 29, 2019

cute little digger racing the tide- see BEAT THE CLOCK | ADDING SAND TO SHORE UP LONG BEACH AND SEAWALL posted on  

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The sand came by rail from NH then by truck (carted by Bentley Warren trucking, Ipswich). The staging was from the Gloucester edge.

November 2019

2020 June

I find the annual sand migration on Long Beach a fascinating natural mystery. It’s dramatic every year. 

July 14, 2017 GMG post

Quite a DPW project! heavy equipment brought in for Long Beach seawall repairs

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Dog walkers and surfers crossed paths with Kevin and Gary from K & R Construction and Rockport Department of Public Works (DPW) on site setting up a new phase for Long Beach seawall repairs. Two roughly 500 feet lengths of rip rap extending out 15-18 feet (tapered) will be built up beginning just past the first stairs near red cottage 20 Long Beach. Sand will be added later as part of this phase. A steel road plate path was set in at the Gloucester Mass staging entrance so equipment won’t get stuck. Last year smaller forklifts and dump trucks shuttled boulders for patch rip rap.


Slow and steady– truck is LOADED (and another sets up straight away)


WGBH radio: Maggie Penman asks Mike Hale Gloucester DPW and Rockport DPW Richard Souza are the beaches ready?

Cape Ann Department of Public Works (DPW) have been at it clearing and repairing our coastal communities non-stop since three back to back winter storms. Both Gloucester and Rockport beaches are open for Memorial Day. According to the story, Cape Cod not so much.

Here’s the link to read the WGBH article and to listen to the story in case you missed it on the radio this morning  Memorial Day is Here. Are Massachusetts Beaches Ready? WGBH story (article and radio) by reporter Maggie Penman (apt name for journalist :))

WGBH radio interview Gloucester and Rockport DPW are MA beaches ready

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portrait of Mike Hale, Director of Public Works, Gloucester, MA, April 2017