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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Connecticut Shoreline Sandy Grants Raise Questions

By Jan Ellen Spiegel

New Haven - Nearly two years after storm Sandy sacked the Connecticut coast—a shoreline still disheveled from a pounding by Tropical Storm Irene a year earlier—federal funds for recovery are still being parceled out.

The application deadline for a second allotment of Community Development Block Grant funds through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development is two weeks way. It was only July 1 that the last recipients for the first round were announced.

More than two-thirds of the nearly $32 million in the July award went to three housing projects in Norwalk, Stamford and Bridgeport. The rest was split among shoreline infrastructure, planning and facilities proposals. (The full first round was nearly $72 million.)

But at least a couple of the awards raise some questions about how the money is being spent and whether it ever will be used.

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