We expect the total cost to rebuild the Spit and clear the channel to reach $50,000. Since the Channel is vital to boat owners in Bright Coves, the Creek side of Popponesset Island and those who use the New Seabury Marina for fuel and/or docking, there is much work to be done to ensure that the waterway is deep enough.
The first phase focused on rebuilding the Spit after the hurricane with the sand from the dredging of the 1916 Channel in mid-November. It was not possible to also dredge the channel in this phase. Now the work to remove the sand from the channel at the southern tip of Popponesset Island is beginning. We have hired a contractor whose equipment includes a bucket and drag line (below, left and right) so the work can be done from the shore. We expect this work to be completed by year-end.
With the engineering costs incurred at each phase of the repair work, plus the actual excavation and spreading and grading of the sand once it's on the Spit, the repair process is costly. We are fortunate to have our permits in place to be able to do this work. We have been able to pay for this work with money we had raised previously, but our coffers are being depleted by this work. Many of you have stepped up to contribute so we can keep these natural resources intact. We ask those who have not given, but who benefit from and enjoy the Spit, who use the channel at the southern tip of Popponesset Island to get to the New Seabury Marina and into Bright Coves and up Popponesset Creek, to click on the Donate button and replenish what we have depleted.
Year-end is upon us and the tax laws are currently favorable for contributions to 501c3 organizations so the time has never been better. This is an all-volunteer organization and the money spent goes toward engineering, permitting, excavation, dredging and grading.
We thank those who have contributed in 2012 to help us get through this expensive rebuilding exercise. A special thank-you will be coming your way in appreciation. We will publish the list of 2012 contributors in an upcoming newsletter and again we thank all for your support.
We'd also like to specifically thank the Popponesset Beach Association (PBA) for their donation to support hurricane repairs.
Mike Oleksak/Mike Moskowitz/Eric Peterson
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