The beach at Fort Tilden is reopening this summer

Efforts have begun to continue rebuilding and cleaning debris off the oceanfront park, and officials expect it to be ready for 2014’s beach season

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Fort Tilden Park

Fort Tilden Park Photograph: Virginia Rollison

After spending a year closed because of that bitch Sandy, everyone's favorite beach to tan topless and drink beer (just kidding, that's illegal) is reopening for the summer. Yep, Fort Tilden will be making its grand return for the 2014 beach season. The popular Rockaway seaside spot was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, and repairs and cleanup have been ongoing in the storm-battered area for the last 16 months by the National Park Service (NPS). Because the damage was so extensive—and the park, at 26,000 acres, so large—it did not open to the public in 2013. It was the only beach to remain closed last summer.


NPS kicked off their rebuilding efforts in Fort Tilden yesterday, and expect to complete them in time for public beach season—which, remember, opens Memorial Day weekend.



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