Beach Replenishment Project To Begin Soon
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Monmouth Beach. May 3, 2013
The largest beach restoration project in the nation will begin soon along the Jersey Shore.
$102 million in federal funding has been allocated to replenish the beach from Sea Bright to Manasquan.
Speaking at a news conference in Monmouth Beach, Congressman Frank Pallone says much of the work will be done this summer, and beaches will be closed a thousand feet at a time.
“I know some people may suffer because their beach may be closed, but we want to get this done as soon as possible because we may have another storm, who knows when, so the sooner we get it done the better.”
Pallone says the project will restore the beach to its original design profile and make it wider than it was before Superstorm Sandy.
He says without the federal funds Congress approved because of the storm, much of the beach work would not be possible.
“We’ve been saying for years that these beaches needed to replenished, and more money should have been spent, but it was hard to make the case. After the storm there was the understanding that this is severe damage, and we should do this kind of massive project because now the money is available.”
Tim Dillingham is executive director of the American Littoral Society, a coastal advocacy group. He wants to make sure the public has access to the beach during the replenishment work.
“Well unfortunately New Jersey has a long history of not providing access to the general public, and particularly some of these projects in the past have not done it at the same time they put the sand on the beach. So we’re watching this to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”
The project is intended to help protect public infrastructure including roads and utilities from future storm damage.