South Shore’s $107M coastal protection project breaks ground after years of delays

SI Live: Hurricane Sandy devastated Tottenville in 2012 killing two people and leaving many residents with severe damage to their properties. On Monday, the state broke ground on a long-awaited $107 million project meant to protect the South Shore from future storms.

Through “Living Breakwaters,” the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) will bring Staten Island’s southernmost communities the latest in engineering technologies to complement the natural features of the area, state and local officials announced during a groundbreaking ceremony near Conference House Park in Tottenville on Monday.

Jim Pistilli, a co-chair of the project’s Citizens Advisory Committee, reflected on the “endless hours” spent in “contentious” meetings to come up with this project, which was first announced in 2014.

“I think what matters is being here today. It’s culminated in a very positive situation, and I hope that it leads to a better Tottenville,” Pistilli, who also chairs the Tottenville Civic Association, said. Read more>>