Category Archive: chronology

Jan 29

In a Global Warming World: Protect and Rebuild or Retreat?

Where Joe Tirone’s house in Oakwood Beach on Staten Island, New York, used to stand. Tirone’s house was sold to the state and demolished as part of a buyout plan that will turn his neighborhood into greenspace that the state hopes will serve as protection from future storms. (Joe Tirone) Hurricane Sandy decimated coastal communities. …

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Jan 20

After Sandy, Staten Island Community Chooses State Buyout

As demolitions begin, Staten Islanders still grappling with reality of returning land to nature By Genevieve Belmaker, Epoch Times | January 20, 2014 Last Updated: January 21, 2014 4:29 pm NEW YORK—Under gray skies last Thursday morning in Staten Island’s Oakwood Beach, the fifth home in this neighborhood to be demolished under the state’s buyout program gave way …

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Jan 10

Coastal Recovery Plan Emphasizes ‘Living Shorelines’

By Jane Gray and Genevieve Belmaker, Epoch Times A part of a house that floated off its foundation when Superstorm Sandy hit sits in the middle of a coastal estuary in the Oakwood Beach area of Staten Island, New York, in November 2012. (Paul J. Richards/Getty Images)   NEW YORK—Staten Islanders are among the beneficiaries …

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Jan 02

Ocean Breeze Buyout Map

Source: http://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/default/files/documents/OceanBreezeBuyoutArea_10-11-13.pdf

Nov 27

State tears down second house in Staten Island’s Oakwood Beach under buyout program (with photos/video)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — “It’s coming down like it’s a little doll house,” said Joe Tirone Wednesday morning of the rental property he owned at 87 Fox Beach Ave. in Oakwood Beach. The home, a one-bed beach bungalow built in 1940, was torn down by a backhoe that appeared bigger than the house itself. Its …

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Nov 18

Ocean Breeze Houses Devastated By Sandy To Be Bought By New York State

NEW YORK (AP) — Residents of a flood-prone area battered by Superstorm Sandy are getting a financial lifeline, with state officials announcing a plan to buy all 129 homes in a neighborhood sandwiched between a tidal marsh and the Atlantic Ocean. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the state was extending its Sandy buyout …

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Oct 28

One year later, Oakwood Beach is lost to Sandy

A year on from Sandy, many communities have at least started the process of repair.  Twenty-five thousand New Yorkers have applied for assistance, mostly to repair homes. But some communities are throwing in the towel entirely. Patti Snyder’s home – a one story white bungalow type house – is picturesque. Cute even. An American flag …

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Sep 13

Sandy buy-out offers in Staten Island’s Oakwood Beach are ‘on the money’

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — As the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, battered homeowners in Oakwood Beach have begun receiving buyout letters from the state — and they say the offers are “right on the money.” The Advance has learned the average buy-out offer is in the $400,000 range. Despite assurances from the Cuomo administration …

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Aug 19

Gov. Andrew Cuomo expands Staten Island Sandy buyout zone in Oakwood Beach

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The Cuomo administration has enhanced the home buyout zone in a portion of Oakwood Beach ravaged by superstorm Sandy. About 120 homes on the periphery of Fox Beach were added by the state, bringing to 300 the number of homes eligible for a buyout, with a potential expansion to 510 homes. The area, …

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May 06

Staten Island homeowners in limbo

May 03, 2013 10:29 am Staten Island resident Joseph Tirone brought the idea of a buyout group to his neighbors. Photo credit: Buck Ennis A few weeks ago, in the Oakwood Beach section of Staten Island, it looked almost as though some sort of neighborhood reunion was taking place. Former residents milled about and chatted amicably …

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