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mariab
June 23rd, 2014, 10:46 PM
Not in the works yet, but interesting.

Life’s a beach with this floating sand barge — if entrepreneur Blayne Ross can raise the money to build it

City Beach wouldn't have a pool, but it would be a great place to hang out. And there's a watering hole ... in the form of a bar!

BY Katherine Clarke (http://wirednewyork.com/authors?author=Katherine Clarke)
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Monday, June 23, 2014, 3:08 PM
Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014, 3:08 PM




http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1840679.1403550223!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_970/beach24n-3-web.jpgWorkshop/APD/Workshop/APDEntrepreneur Blayne Ross wants to raise $24 million to build City Beach, his floating sandbox for urban dwellers.

Someday you might be able to head for the beach without even leaving the city.
Sweaty New Yorkers may finally find some relief from soaring temperatures right on their doorsteps, if one ambitious entrepreneur has his way.

Blayne Ross is currently crowdfunding cash to convert an old shipping barge into a $24 million floating shoreline that will dock along the Hudson River.
Sunbathers could lie back on beach chairs on the barge's imported sand-covered upper deck, enjoy 360-degree city views, and pop downstairs to a restaurant and science museum if the sun's glare becomes too much.

http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1840676.1403550221!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_970/beach24n-5-web.jpgWorkshop/APD/Workshop/APDThe “beach” could dock at various places around the city.

There won’t be a pool, but Ross said he’s gone swimming in the Hudson numerous times and has yet to sprout any excess limbs.
"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see Manhattan needs a beach," Ross says on crowdfunding site Indiegogo, where he's trying to raise $35,000 for initial planning. "It's an island surrounded by water with no sand."
The barge would accommodate up to 700 bathers.

http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1840678.1403550222!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_970/beach24n-2-web.jpgWorkshop/APD/Workshop/APDThere would be no swimming, but the watering hole consists of a bar.

But don't start packing your Speedos just yet. The manmade beach is still just a wacky idea and could take years to materialize — and it also would need the approval of the Hudson River Park Trust as several city agencies.

And then there's the issue of money. Ross said he had raised just $1,500 by this afternoon, six hours after the launch of the campaign.
No wonder sand and surf lovers are called beach bums.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/man-plans-floating-beach-article-1.1840681#ixzz35WKsD46C

lofter1
June 24th, 2014, 11:22 AM
The sand pits ... dunno :confused: