DUNKIRK – The City of Dunkirk is seeking financial assistance to help improve shoreline conditions on Lake Erie.

The City’s Common Council signed off on a grant application to the New York Sea Grant Great Lakes Basin Small Grants Program on Tuesday.

The Department of Planning and Development is seeking $50,000 to pay for engineering and design services, which would build detached breakwaters and segmented breakwaters in the Dunkirk Harbor.

The city Director Of Planning and Development Vince DeJoy says storm damage has caused several problems along the shoreline of the northern Chautauqua County community.

“It has been known for many years, due to the storm damage that the city has sustained, in 2019 and other years, along Lakefront Boulevard and the seawall,” said DeJoy. “We disused and looked at segmented off shore breakwaters.”

Officials are working with Edgewater Resources to study the environmental impacts caused by storms.