NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – There’s good news for residents and businesses along Rockaway Beach.

The Army Corps of Engineers will get additional funding to replenish sand on the beachfront to prevent flooding.

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CBS2 has reported on the closure between Beach 92nd and Beach 103rd Streets because of erosion in the summer of 2018.

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The closure has reportedly hurt many local businesses. “The summer time is really make-it-or-break-it for us, so if we have to have less beaches, there’s going to be a lot less people here and it’ll be a lot harder to make a go of it,” said business owner Robert Kaskel last summer.

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Officials now hope the project will be finished in time to reopen for the summer 2019 season.