Elected officials lack leadership to give Fairfield added flood protection

To the Editor:

This past weekend was the fifth anniversary of Super Storm Sandy. Many residents experienced great financial loss as their homes were flooded. The town spent $5,000,000 in tax dollars to clean up after that storm and residents spent untold amounts rebuilding and raising their homes.

Five years and the town has done nothing to minimize coastal storm waters from topping our town beaches! Scientists tell us that sea level is raising and the frequency of storms is expected to increase.

In 2014 the town received a $300,000 grant to fortify Penfield Beach in an effort to minimize storm waters from washing through that property. Now more than three years later nothing has been done to utilize that grant.

The Penfield Rebuilding Committee did nothing to prevent future beach topping yet they spent $7.5 million to rebuild an almost new pavilion that only cost 3.5 million to build.

It is time for all concerned residents to speak up and urge the selectmen and the Flood & Erosion Control Board to utilize the $300,000 Community Development Block Grant that was requested and granted for the Penfield property. This weekend, the 5th anniversary of Sandy, we experience near hurricane force winds but fortunately at low tide or we could have experienced flooding again.

I urge all residents to email the BOS @ [email protected] and the FECB @ [email protected] and request that the $300,000 grant be utilized at the Penfield property to minimize the topping of that beach by future coastal storms. It is only a matter of time till the next big storm hits Fairfield.

The town needs to lead the way toward mitigating coastal storms from topping our town beaches. We elected our BOS, BOF, & RTM members to lead and that is best done by example. To date they have done nothing to protect us from coastal storms topping our town owned beaches. Now is the time to tell them to act.

Rick Grauer


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