Westerly Prepares for Summer After Superstorm Sandy

May 13, 2013

The town of Westerly is close to fulfilling its promise to rebuild the Misquamicut Beach area by Memorial Day.  The town has made great strides since Superstorm Sandy left a path of destruction last fall.

Work is being done on streets like Atlantic Ave. in Misquamicut Beach to get it ready for the summer season.
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It’s not perfect yet, but Misquamicut Beach looks a lot better than it did six-and-a-half months ago. Tons of sand the storm dumped on Atlantic Avenue have been put back on the beach, sand dunes have been restored and shopkeepers are making repairs. Jennifer Cordier of Hartford, Connecticut visited the beach Sunday and was pleasantly surprised.

"I think it looks fantastic and I can’t wait wait for the summer season. It doesn’t look like a storm hit this area to you? No, actually, it doesn’t. It looks beautiful."

That’s exactly the reaction the town hoped to hear, says Westerly town councilor Caswell Cooke.

"The town has spent probably $3 million between cleaning up the sand, filtering every ounce of sand and putting it back on the beach,  re-building the dunes, so it’s definitely the cleanest beach we’ve ever had. The other thing is everyone’s had a forced renovation so I think what I say is Misquamicut is probably going to be better than you remember it," Cooke said.

Not everything is the same. The landmark Andrea Hotel was so badly damaged it will not be taking in boarders this summer, but will still have a dining room and bar.  A snack bar that was destroyed has been moved to a trailer, so that the owner can get it out of harm’s way before the next big storm blows through.

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