“Twelve million dollars — that’s not a lot of money,” Yeoman said. “… If that ocean is at a certain level, every bit of water in the surrounding area is going to go to that same level, and there’s nothing you can do about it. So you got to take that as a reality. That would cost you a hundred trillion dollars to try to stop the ocean. You can’t do that. And so you got to look at how you’re going to spend $12 million and minimize the damage.”
The committee is due to submit a plan to use Bellmore and Merrick’s $12.1 million by next spring. It will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2 at the golf course clubhouse at Merrick Road Park.
Richard Landau, whose house is a block from AcQua and, like the restaurant, suffered serious damage during Hurricane Sandy, said after the meeting, “We’re talking 11 months since the last hurricane. Oct. 29 is right around the corner. They’re talking about doing stuff by March. What if we have another hurricane before then?”