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Lloyd Neck Bath Club Prepares for the Summer After Hurricane Sandy

With the upcoming summer season, the Lloyd Neck Bath Club works to open undamaged doors.

By Christina Hedges

Lloyd Neck Bath Club closely borders the water which caused flooding. Photo Credit: Jenna Scudieri

Lloyd Neck Bath Club closely borders the water which caused flooding.
Photo Credit: Jenna Scudieri

“Seeing the damage that the storm caused, my mind immediately flashed to LNBC. I wondered what would happen to it and all of my summers there,” said Jenna Scudieri, 21 from Huntington, who is a camp counselor at Lloyd Neck Bath Club. “I honestly worried if I would have a place to go back to work at in the summer.” Like Scudieri, many other employees worried about the state of their beloved Lloyd Neck Bath Club.

Located on the sound near Huntington, LNBC suffered damage during Hurricane Sandy. While the surrounding area was sheltered by the trees, the beach club was at the mercy of the surrounding waters.

“I was concerned about the amount of damage that would be sustained, but I also knew that we prepared as much as possible,” said Ralph Miranda, 22, Huntington, NY. He is the LNBC Assistant Manager. “Anything that was on the floor in the buildings was put on top of tables, in the attic or stacked on elevated shelves.”

At first, the damage appeared to be minimal.

“It wasn’t until a week after the storm when we were cleaning that we noticed the damage that the pool sustained. A portion of it popped out of the ground a few inches and we later found out that the bottom of the pool had crack in it,” Miranda said.

Additionally, the buildings sustained damage from flooding. The water came roughly one-foot up throughout the main building, ruining the carpeting in the main office and tennis office, and damaging the wooden floors. Miranda is still unsure of whether or not the wooden floors are salvageable. The flooding also damaged the kitchen appliances, most of which have to be replaced.

The waterline shows the height of the flooding throughout the bath club. Photo Credit: Ralph Miranda

The waterline shows the height of the flooding throughout the bath club.
Photo Credit: Ralph Miranda

With the summer approaching, LNBC needs to get back up and running or it risks losing its business. Open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, LNBC hosts various parties, operates a day camp for children, runs tennis clinics, a swim team and a sailing program throughout the summer season. Amenities of the beach club include a swimming pool, nine tennis courts, a boat mooring field, a catered snack bar and beach access. Before the club can be up and running for its summer session, repairs still need to be made.

“We have been in contact with various contractors to schedule work and we’re hopeful that the club will be fully functional by Memorial Day weekend,” said Miranda.

The crack in the pool has been fixed and is currently holding water but Miranda will not know whether or not the pool will need more work until opening day. While the pool may not be up and running for Memorial Day, they hope that it will be ready before June when the schools are out.

And there may be other renovations to come. “Once we return to the club in the spring and begin summerizing again, we may encounter more damage than we initially thought,” Miranda said.

The plumbing, phone and sprinkler lines run under the main building and have not been checked since the storm as the club had already closed down for the winter and was not fully functional at the time of the hurricane. As they begin preparing for summer they will know more.

“Once we return to the club in the spring and begin summerizing again, we may encounter more damage than we initially thought.”

While the rest of Lloyd Neck is back to normal conditions, LNBC still has repairs to make before it is ready for the summer season. LNBC hopes to be back up and running before May, guaranteeing it full business in the upcoming summer season.

After Sandy, Ralph Miranda, 22, returned to find one of the boats proped up in a tree from the storm. Photo Credit: Ralph Miranda

After Sandy, Ralph Miranda, 22, returned to find one of the boats proped up in a tree from the storm.
Photo Credit: Ralph Miranda

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