Rowayton’s Bayley Beach Storm Repairs To Cost Thousands

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The boarded up pavilion at Bayley Beach in Rowayton weeks after Hurricane Sandy.
The boarded up pavilion at Bayley Beach in Rowayton weeks after Hurricane Sandy. Photo Credit: Alfred Branch

NORWALK, Conn. – Repairs to Bayley Beach, Rowayton’s popular waterfront park and pavilion, could cost the Sixth Taxing District thousands of dollars after Hurricane Sandy, officials said.

The taxing district oversees maintenance of the beach and the recreational facilities there. According to district administrator Jack Robson, large drifts of sand filled the grill area and buried many of the picnic tables. Sections of the boardwalk, Adirondack chairs, benches and other items were washed into the nearby creek, he said.

The pavilion was “severely damaged” by Hurricane Sandy, Robson said, and the repair costs are unknown. “FEMA needs to advise us,” he wrote in a recent memorandum to district commissioners.

Parts of the base of the pavilion were boarded up with plywood Monday afternoon and caution tape roped off the area.

The district estimates it will spend more than $6,200 getting furniture and debris out of the creek, and more than $9,300 clearing sand from throughout the park. Damaged fences around the Dumpsters will likely cost more than $2,000 to replace, and the district could spend another $2,500 to remove the downed trees from the beach and parking lot areas, according to Robson.

Rowayton – and Harborview and parts of East Norwalk and South Norwalk – were some of the hardest hit neighborhoods in the city as cleanup from Hurricane Sandy continues in those areas.

“The level of water that came into Rowayton was higher than the storm of 1938,” district commissioner and Norwalk Board of Education member Mike Barbis said during a commission meeting late last week.

“It was a foot higher than what we saw last year from Hurricane Irene. About 100 homes in Rowayton were flooded into the first floor.”

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There will be a special meeting this Saturday with Federal, State and local officials to discuss assistance for those impacted by Sandy. See press release below.

The Honorable Jim Himes
Connecticut’s 4th District

November 27, 2012

Himes to Hold Post-Sandy Assistance Info Session Saturday
New information available about grants and low-interest loans to help elevate flood-prone homes

WASHINGTON, DC – On Saturday, December 1, Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) will hold an information session where representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) will outline the services they offer to those affected by Superstorm Sandy, including individual assistance for home owners and physical disaster loans and economic injury loans for businesses affected by the hurricane. The meeting will include an overview of assistance available for those who wish to elevate their homes and businesses to avoid future flood damage.

After the information session, there will be a break-out session where home and business owners will have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with representatives from FEMA, the SBA, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and other state and federal agencies to discuss their individual cases. Officials from Bridgeport, Darien, Fairfield, Norwalk, Greenwich and Westport will also be on hand to answer municipality-specific questions about permitting and other requirements.

Homes and businesses located in flood-prone areas which were affected by Hurricane Sandy may be eligible for federal assistance for elevation. Business owners can apply for low-interest loans with the SBA. Home owners can also apply for low-interest loans and grants for home elevation or repairs and additionally may be eligible for FEMA displacement costs. Those who already have flood insurance through FEMA are still eligible for these programs. There will be on-site registration for FEMA and SBA assistance at the session.

Those who would like to attend are encouraged to RSVP by contacting Amy Lappos in the Congressman’s Bridgeport office at (866) 453-0028 or

WHO: Congressman Jim Himes
Norwalk Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director McCarthy
Representatives from FEMA, SBA, NFIP, DEMHS, and other state and federal agencies
Planning and Zoning officials from towns across the Fourth District

WHAT: Info session on Superstorm Sandy recovery assistance available to businesses and homeowners

WHEN: Saturday, December 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Norwalk Community College
PepsiCo Theater
188 Richards Avenue, Norwalk

I say repair/rebuild it to all its former roller coaster loading and unloading platform glory. It was built in 1914 and I had a plaque added to the building.

Rowayton wants to be their own town, use your own money to fix your beach!!!

Who cares. I say it it down and put up condos

Funny how the mayor gets hammered about his comments concerning the rebuilding of Calf pasture beach and the money Norwalk doesn't have to accomplish the rebuilding. Yet rebuilding Bailey is OK.

Jack Robson is an asset to the community and will no doubt get this fixed.