NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP/WPRI) -- Rhode Island's governor and other state officials have toured 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 Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit visited Scarborough State Beach in Narragansett and Burlingame State Park in Charlestown on Tuesday.
"Hurricane Sandy did a lot of damage to one of our greatest assets, our beaches," said Governor Chafee on Tuesday. "People come from all over the East Coast to come to RI beaches, and all over the country really."
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.
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.
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