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LBI Beach Replenishment Set to Begin This Month

Harvey Cedars, Brant Beach and Surf City to get emergency repairs; about 1,000 feet of beach will be closed at a time.

Work to repair ocean beaches and dunes in three Long Beach Island communities will begin before the end of May, officials have confirmed.

A $30.6 million replenishment project to restore sand in Harvey Cedars, Brant Beach and Surf City is due to begin within the next two weeks and continue into the fall.

The Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company will pump 3 million cubic yards of sand to rebuild engineered beaches in the three island communities that were affected by Superstorm Sandy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in a statement this week.

The island's strong dunes are credited with preventing the type of ocean breach that occurred during Sandy in Mantoloking, which split Ocean County's northern barrier island in two and destroyed blocks of homes and businesses.

Because residents in the three communities signed easements and had their beaches replenished in the past, they are entitled to repairs under a 50-year maintenance plan, officials have said.

"Our goal is to have as much of the project repaired and restored prior to this year's hurricane season and all of the project restored prior to the onset of dangerous fall nor'easters," said USACE Philadelphia District Project Manager Keith Watson.

Officials with the Corps said the project will begin in Harvey Cedars and Brant Beach, a section of Long Beach Township, this month. The Harvey Cedars project is expected to take 120 days to complete and the Brant Beach section is expected to take 100 days to complete.

About 60 days after Brant Beach is completed, work will begin in Surf City.

Surf City officials are expecting their phase of the project to begin in mid-August, said Councilman Peter Hartney.

"At our meeting on Friday, they gave us mid-August, but that always changes because of weather and all that stuff," he said. "If one of their dredges breaks down that can slow them down, or on the other hand, if they get a stretch of good weather, they can go faster."

Hartney said for the project as a whole, the dredge crews will shut down about 1,000 feet of beach – or two or three blocks – at a time so work can be performed, then reopen those beaches and move to a new area.

Hartney also said Surf City has partnered with the Ocean County Road Department to temporarily repair its beach entrances, which were made into virtual cliffs during Sandy. The repairs by the county's crews, which are scheduled to be completed by early June, will allow beachgoers to access the ocean this summer before the USACE project begins.

Work to repair concrete walkways and the pavilion at the borough's bay beach is also nearly complete, Hartney said.

The entire USACE project in the three island communities is expected to be completed by the end of Oct. 2013.

proud May 16, 2013 at 01:16 PM
WHY won't the selfish holdouts would sign the easements?
Larry Cataldo May 17, 2013 at 12:31 AM
HERE COMES TAX PAYERS SAND FOR BEACHES THAT SAY PRIVATE! AND THE PARADE OF SMELLY DUMP TRUCKS!
Daniel Nee (Editor) May 17, 2013 at 09:27 PM
None of the beaches in Surf City or Brant Beach are private. A certain number in Harvey Cedars are, however.
Ronald Wall May 17, 2013 at 11:54 PM
Why ruin part of rental season in Surf City. Don't understand why beach replenishment can't start At end of August. Thanks. Surf city homeowner on Beach block. So glad we did however sign on as first community on LBI for Diunes,. Rw
Ronald Wall May 17, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Love our Dune replenishment in Surf City . However, I wish they could replenish dunes after summer,, As it will affect rentals . We are on beach block and I can't tell potential rental s about use of beach in mid August Ron wall
Skitch May 26, 2013 at 01:47 PM
If you wait until after summer you may not have a rental to rent. The storm season is already upon us.

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