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Full speed ahead for Dunkirk’s waterfront

With COVID-19 restrictions lifted and Lakefront Boulevard all but ready for opening, it looks like full speed ahead for summer fun on Dunkirk’s waterfront.

Mayor Willie Rosas updated the city Common Council about the work on the boulevard, closed since storms smashed the lake wall in October 2019.

“I’ve been informed (by contractors) that they are very close to finishing up this project,” he said. “They are looking at opening up the road completely by the end of this week.”

Randy Woodbury, public works director, also said the project is substantially finished, with the repaired lake wall mostly complete and a small amount of work left on a short stretch near the Steger high-rise apartments.

Mentioning that Gov. Andrew Cuomo lifted COVID-19 restrictions earlier in the day, Rosas said two big lakefront events in the city will resume.

“We are looking at starting up our Music on the Pier concert series, probably not this Thursday, but we’re hoping we can start next Thursday,” the mayor said.

More details will come in an upcoming press release. Rosas also reiterated that the hugely popular lakefront fireworks are set to go.

“The Fourth of July is going to go on hopefully scheduled,” he said, noting that the fireworks contractor and Woodbury are in regular contact. Rosas added that he’s hoping the city can line up some live entertainment before the display.

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