A crew clears sand and debris from Scarborough State Beach. Photo by Steve Klamkin, WPRO News.
WPRO Newsroom and the Associated Press
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island's governor and other state officials are set to tour two recreational areas hard hit by Superstorm Sandy where long-term unemployed residents have been hired to do restoration work.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Department of Labor and Training Director Charles Fogarty and Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit plan to visit Scarborough State Beach in Narragansett and Burlingame State Park in Charlestown on Tuesday.
The state got federal emergency grant funding to finance short-time, full-time employment for workers to move beach sand, take away debris and improve the grounds. The jobs pay between $12 and $14 an hour.
"it's helping these people," Governor Chafee told WPRO Tuesday. "It's a great win-win."
Workers had to be long-term unemployed to qualify. Veterans were given priority and make up about half of the hires. Officials said earlier there would be more than three dozen positions.