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Misquamicut preparing for summer season

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WESTERLY, RI (WFSB) -

The race is on to restore popular summer spots near the Connecticut border that are still reeling from Superstorm Sandy.

Four months since Sandy, crews have been working nonstop to clean up Misquamicut because in three months, it will be Memorial Day, which is the unofficial start to summer.

Rhode Island is trying to meet an April 1 federal deadline to restore the famous dunes and beaches at Misquamicut before the piping plover's arrive.

On Friday, contractors were busy sifting tens of thousands of cubic yards of sand littered with debris.

"We'll be up and running. Misquamicut never dies," said Lou Trefes, who is the owner of The Windjammer. "There may be some changes but we'll always be here."

Debris caused by Superstorm Sandy's rising tide and pounding waves, which pulled apart homes and popular beachfront businesses such as The Windjammer.

"I've got some weddings in spring, so I gotta get ready or else the brides are going to shoot me," Trefes said.

The storm blew out the walls of the building of the 92-year-old family business.

On Friday, Connecticut contractors were busy building new reinforced concrete walls.

"The first concern is safety and getting these people back into their buildings and houses up and running for the coming season," said Rorin Jennings, who is a general contractor.

Everyone on the beach told Eyewitness News that they are optimistic that Misquamicut will be ready for the crowds this summer.

"Yea, everything is on track," said Misquamicut Business Association President George Tattersall. "We're doing really well. The sand is going to be cleaner than ever."

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