US: legislators vow to keep pushing for Presque Isle fundingProject Updates // January 24, 2017
Go Erie reports that this could be the second year in a row the federal government does not provide funding, which is used to rebuild beaches after erosion.
Federal legislators from the Erie region have already been appealing for funding for 2017 sand work at Presque Isle State Park.
"We are writing to request that sand replenishment for Presque Isle State Park is once again made a high-priority project in the US Army Corps of Engineers' (USACE) FY2017 budget," said US Senators Bob Casey, D-Pa, and Pat Toomey, R-Pa, and US Reps Mike Kelly, R-3rd Dist, and Glenn Thompson, R-5th Dist, in a letter.
Four months later, the Presque Isle Advisory Committee heard that no federal funds have been earmarked at this point for the project at the park that drew 4.3 million visitors in 2016.
Park Operations Manager Matt Greene told the group Wednesday that Presque Isle is potentially facing a second year without federal funding for sand work, although the possibility of getting money does still exist. "We'll keep trying," Kelly, who represents Erie, said.
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