Friday, May 17, 2013
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 …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Senate bill 2601 would also allow the county to exercise the power of eminent domain in order to erect dunes to protect lands, property and facilities near the beaches
The Ocean County Freeholders oppose a Senate bill that, if approved, would permit counties to take over the operation of beaches within its jurisdiction. A resolution stating that Ocean County would be “actively impacted” by this legislation was unanimously passed at a Freeholders meeting May 1. “If Ocean County were to take over and maintain the 44 miles of just oceanfront beaches in Ocean County, it would not only be cost prohibitive but would also require taxpayers who don’t use the beaches to pay for them,” Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari said. The bill (S2601, A3891), sponsored by Sen. Bob Smith and Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer, would authorize any county of the fifth or six class — Atlantic, Monmouth, Ocean and Cape May — to assume …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Officials hoping project will begin this summer from Manasquan to Barnegat inlets
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Daniel Nee
Thursday, March 14
Oceanfront homeowners between Manasquan and Barnegat inlets are being urged to sign easements necessary for a beach renourishment project to get off the ground by May 1, officials said Thursday. U.S. Rep Jon Runyan (R-3) wrote to the mayors of a number of northern Ocean County municipalities this week urging them to secure all necessary easements for the massive dune and beach project by May 1, the date the Army Corps of Engineers must submit a work plan to Congress. The project's design – which would include the construction of approximately 25-foot high dunes, 75 foot wide berms and 175 acres of dune grass in the project area – was completed in 2007, but has languished after some oceanfront homeowners refused to sign easements that would…
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Sandy relief package passed by Congress in January would fund project.
A Sandy relief package passed by Congress in January will help fund a large-scale beach replenishment project and others, according to Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06). Pallone said he expects the funds could help to restore damage to the Jersey Shore caused by Superstorm Sandy. The beach replenishment project would cover 21 miles of beaches from Sandy Hook to the Barnegat Inlet, and would be the largest beach nourishment project ever undertaken by the Army Corps of Engineers and the world’s biggest beach-fill project, in terms of sand volume. "The work will include the restoration of most of the beaches from Sea Bright to the Manasquan Inlet in Monmouth County," according to a press release from Pallone's office. However, specific …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Federal venue will offer advantages, mayor says
The dispute between Long Beach Township and a small group its oceanfront homeowners over beach replenishment will be heading to federal court, at least once. Mayor Joseph Mancini said the township has been granted permission to try one eminent domain case in a federal court rather than state Superior Court. The now-years-long row between a few residents and their municipal government is over easements they are required to sign before federal tax dollars can be allocated for beach replenishment projects in various sections of the township. The residents claim granting the permanent easements – and thus, permission to go forward with a beach replenishment project – could lower their property values since their view of the ocean could be …
Friday, June 29, 2012
After pumping 1.25 million cubic yards of sand, restoring the dunes, extending beaches and constructing new accesses, the Army Corp of Engineers is handing Brant Beach back just in time for summer.
BRANT BEACH -- With tempatures soaring into the 90s this weekend, many are certain to appreciate the open spaces provided by the Brant Beach replinishment project. Beachgoers should be aware of some changes and precautions as the project wraps up on Friday and they head out for some fun in the surf and sun. 1. The replenishment comes with a 50-year guarantee from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. According to Long Beach Township’s Engineer Frank Little, the agreement with the Corps calls for them to re-pump sand back on to the beaches in case of erosion at the federal agency's expense. This includes cases of extreme weather such as the storm that carved up the beach in Surf City shortly after their recent replenishment, said Little. He …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Beachfill project in Brant Beach may be done by Memorial Day
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Daniel Nee
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
About half of the 1.2 million cubic yards of sand slated to be pumped onto beaches in the Brant Beach section of Long Beach Township are in place, officials said this week. Crews from Great Lakes Dredging, the Corps' contractor, are now working in the area of 45th Street, according to Steve Rochette, spokesman for the Philadelphia District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The project will replenish beaches from 31st Street to 57th Street. "Our goal is still to complete pumping by Memorial Day," said Rochette. "Although, it depends on weather and the equipment involved with the project." There were some mechanical issues with the sand pumps involved with the beachfill effort recently, Rochette said, but they have been resolved and …
Friday, July 1, 2011
Lawmakers discuss recent replenishment funding, which will add to beaches in Monmouth and Ocean – but not LBI.
Senator Robert Menendez and Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-6) spoke about the importance of beach replenishment for what Menendez called "one of our greatest resources," the Jersey Shore on Friday afternoon. "We are here to protect New Jersey's coastline," Menendez said during a press conference The Shores Condominium in Monmouth Beach. Pallone and Menendez recently helped secure $7.5 million in beach replenishment funding for municipalities in Monmouth and Ocean County, though the project stops short of southern Ocean's beachfront towns. The replenishment will focus on a 21-mile stretch of beaches from Sandy Hook to the Barnegat Inlet. The $7.5 million coupled with $2.5 in federal funding and roughly $5 million in state funding will …
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces date Surf City's beach restoration will begin
Authorities searching Long Beach Island's ocean beaches Tuesday found no traces of medical waste, officials said. An unidentified person told a member of a municipal beach patrol Tuesday that medical waste was spotted on a beach two weeks ago, said Timothy J. Hilferty, director of the Long Beach Island Health Department. Crews scoured Surf City beaches Tuesday afternoon and did not find anything, he said. "Our inspectors were there yesterday to check it out, and nothing unusual was found," Hilferty said. "We anticipate a good Memorial Day weekend," he added. But some beaches in Surf City may be off limits to beachgoers starting as early as next week for a different reason, according to officials at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Beach …