ATV riders damage Staten Island berms installed after Sandy

crescent beach staten island atv
Residents along Crescent Beach complained to the city that ATV riders have been destroying recently installed sand berms erected to lessen the impact of storm surges.
Credit: Parks Department

The city is beefing up security around Staten Island’s waterfront after off-roading all-terrain vehicle riders ruined berms installed along the waterfront.

Originally reported by NY1, residents say they’ve witnessed ATV riders go off road on along the beach in Great Kills, destroying sand dunes installed in September to protect the waterfront from storm surges.

A few weeks ago, Staten Islanders in the area set more than 65,000 beach grass plants along the berms, which were designed to fortify the barrier in response to Superstorm Sandy.

“It is crucial that people stay off the dunes at all times, especially while they’re young and growing in,” wrote Parks Department spokeswoman Tara Kiernan. “Dune grass can be killed by people and pets…and ATV’s…trampling them.”

The berms were originally installed in 2013 as a part of a $2.8 million project, paid for largely by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Staten Island Councilman Vincent Ignizio stood on site when the project broke ground last fall in Tottenville, at the time recognizing the need to support an eroding shoreline.

He reprimanded the joyriders on Monday.

“The city did not spend millions of taxpayer dollars to build these dunes just for the enjoyment of some thrill-seekers,” Ignizio said in a statement.

“They should take a look around Crescent Beach to witness the damage that still exists from Hurricane Sandy,” he added, “and maybe then they’ll understand why these dunes are critical to protecting these flood-plagued communities from another storm surge.”

Follow Chester Jesus Soria on Twitter @chestersoria



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

School zones across city to get speed cameras

New Yorkers who speed through a school zone may be more likely to get a ticket in the coming weeks, whether or not a uniformed…

Local

NYPD looking for man they say assaulted elderly…

      The New York City Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating a Hispanic male 20's wanted in connection with…

Local

Three arrested after allegedly assaulting off-duty officer in…

Three men were arrested early Saturday morning after allegedly assaulting an off-duty officer at a Bronx bodega, and the NYPD is asking for the public's…

Local

Healthcare union creates vibrant West Indian Day Parade…

Volunteers worked almost around the clock through the weekend, putting the flashy finishing touches on hundreds of costume pieces 1199SEIU members will wear while marching…

Music

Hear two previously unreleased Adele songs

Missing some Adele in your life? Two previously unreleased songs from the singer have appeared online.

Music

Lincoln Center just made 'Lord of the Rings'…

Middle Earth already has sweeping vistas, a hero's journey and technology-revolutionizing special effects. But next April, the Lincoln Center will add another dimension to Peter Jackson's…

Gossip

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth apparently love each…

Miley Cyrus may have broken off her engagement to Liam Hemsworth almost a year ago, but that doesn't mean she doesn't still have feelings for…

The Word

The Word: Charlize Theron isn't perfect, so stop…

We've been thinking a lot about famous women's bodies this week, obviously, so here's some food for thought to go with all that virtual ogling.…

Sports

Novak Djokovic feeds off US Open crowd to…

Novak Djokovic isn't a native New Yorker, but he sure knows how to use the U.S. Open crowd to his advantage.

NFL

Odell Beckham still 'weeks away,' Tom Coughlin angry…

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin has fought a losing battle against the media all preseason over the status of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

NFL

3 things we learned in the Giants preseason…

The final score didn’t matter — a 16-13 win by the Giants — but it would’ve been nice to finally see Big Blue’s new-look offense get on track.

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

Wellbeing

Jason Hope helps push anti-aging efforts forward

Reporter was commissioned to write this in-depth article When it comes to age-related illness, the direction of modern medicine seems more reactive than proactive. In…

Wellbeing

Today's Doomsday preppers: a closer look at survivalist…

Reporter was commissioned to write this in-depth article. The term “Doomsday prepper” is often associated with the paranoid, anti-government stereotype of the 1990s. The truth…

Education

These college students think breakfast is the most…

  It should be no surprise that the city that never sleeps is also home to the most students who like to order food in…

Sex

When it comes to dating, height matters

Does a man’s height really matter when it comes to dating? Unfortunately - according to a new study - the answer looks like it’s yes.…