Officials ask FEMA to help restore Piermont pierPosted: Updated:
Local officials are asking FEMA to help restore a boardwalk in Piermont that was destroyed during the recent nor'easters.
They say the Piermont Pier attracts thousands of people every summer and that it is a landmark.
Piermont Mayor Bruce Tucker is hoping FEMA can come up with the $32,000 he says it will take to rebuild the boardwalk, repave the road to the pier and fix important tidal equipment on the pier's nearby weather center.
All of those things were destroyed during the March 2 nor'easter, when the storm pounded the pier with 60 mph winds and up to 6-foot-high tidal waves.
The mayor says he's working with the state to get disaster money but that he's not sure if those funds will come through by the summer, when the pier is typically packed with tourists and residents.
Tucker says the pier can attract up to 1,000 people on any given Saturday and Sunday and calls it a crucial part of both Piermont's economy and the Hudson River landscape.
Officials are also asking that residents and visitors to the pier do not cross an orange fence that marks off structural damage.