WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island beach pavilion renovated after the destruction of Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 is being dedicated this week.
The Frank “Shorty” Comforti Pavilion at the Town Beach in Westerly has been open about six weeks, but the official ribbon-cutting attended by Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse is on Monday.
The Westerly Sun reports (https://bit.ly/1UoobUS) the facility has been reinforced to withstand a once-in-a-100-years storm.
After Sandy ripped decks and ramps from the building, flooded it, and destroyed the septic system, town officials decided on a $1.57 million renovation that is expected to be 80 covered by federal and state funds.
The building was moved 30 feet inland, raised 3 feet and fortified against wind damage. Its new decks are engineered for large crowds, and ramps and bathrooms comply with federal disability standards.
Information from: The Westerly Sun, https://www.thewesterlysun.com
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