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Callahans Beach on Long Island has been closed for nearly two years

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Callahans Beach on Long Island’s North Shore has been closed for repairs for nearly two years. Fort Salonga residents say they’re fed up. 

A group of residents rallied last week demanding officials pick up the pace on reconstruction.

The beach closed in September 2021 after remnants of Hurricane Ida damaged a waterfront bluff and a staircase down to the beach.

Smithtown Supervisor Ed Wehrheim said there are a few reasons for the delays, including waiting on permission from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The town was also denied funding from FEMA for the project.

So far, old drainage structures have been replaced and stones have been laid to prevent erosion. Officials say they are hoping to reopen the beach in October.

Sabrina is host and producer of WSHU’s daily podcast After All Things. She also produces the climate podcast Higher Ground and other long-form news and music programs at the station. Sabrina spent two years as a WSHU fellow, working as a reporter and assisting with production of The Full Story.