Lawmakers fear reduction in federal funds will shrink the Bronx shoreline
Orchard Beach spans one mile and is approximately 400 feet wide. But under President Bush's 2005 budget, New York beaches including Orchard Beach could become victims of erosion.
The president plans to cut funding for beach replenishment, which calculates to a $1 million loss for Orchard Beach. That money is used for anti-erosion measures. According to federal officials, the government will continue to pay for initial beach construction projects but state and local governments will have to foot the bill for anti-erosion measures.
Community Board 10's business manager says there is no way local government can take on the cost. Some residents hope that come election time, if a new administration is elected it will be more environmentally friendly.
Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-Bronx) says he is currently working in the House of Representatives to put money back in the budget for beaches.