27East.com: Contractors working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and New York State will dredge about 300,000 tons of sand from Shinnecock Inlet beginning next month [November ‘12] and pump it onto beaches west of the inlet that were severely eroded during the passing of Hurricane Irene last year.

The project officially has a dual purpose: bolstering the beaches decimated by Irene’s waves and clearing the navigation channel leading from the Atlantic Ocean into Shinnecock Bay, home to the state’s second-largest commercial fishing port.

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