Mantoloking Plans Geotube Project Along Oceanfront

But residents will need to sign new easements


Mantoloking is likely to work with the state to bolster the beachfront with something like a calzone.

Well, sort of.

Mantoloking officials announced Monday that the borough will likely partner with the state to construct a geotextile revetment – commonly known as a geotube – along its beachfront in order to guard against future ocean breaches.

"To use Jersey terms, it'll be a calzone, a wrap," said Chris Nelson, the borough's special counsel for storm recovery. "And inside the calzone will be gravel and sand."

The gravel and sand will be wrapped in the ultra-strong geotextile fabric, forming a tube which will then be placed underneath a dune which will eventually be built. Geotextile tubes have been used across the country in shore protection projects on both coasts, experts say.

In Mantoloking, however, one barrier could prevent the project from getting off the ground.

"All cards on the table, we will not get this unless we have easements," said Nelson.

The same easements which are required for a planned dune restoration project are required in order for the borough to obtain the state's assistance in laying the fabric revetment.

However the easements, which have been signed by the vast majority of borough residents, do not cover the secondary project, meaning new legal documents must be signed by each oceanfront homeowner.

Nelson said the borough will begin sending out revised documentation by April 5, with a due date of April 12, following a conference call with oceanfront homeowners scheduled for next week. The only change from the previous easement documentation will be to allow the revetment project to go forward.

The revetment itself will be built as far west as possible in the easement zone, said Borough Engineer Robert Mainberger. The tube will work in tandem with the larger dunes in the federal beachfill project to protect homeowners and prevent future ocean breaches. But without the full dune restoration project, the revetment will not be as effective.

"You have to have a beach in front of any type of revetment for it to work," said Mainberger. "Eventually, if you don't, the water just erodes it away. There are a lot of people in Bay Head who had rocks living on their second floors because their first floors got flooded. The water just went over the rocks."

The revetment, which will run the length of the borough, would eventually be covered by the large dunes and have dune grass planted over top of it.

The cost of the project is not yet known, though Mainberger said it would likely be only about 25 percent of the price to construct a traditional rock seawall.

Nelson said five oceanfront homeowners have yet to sign the required easements, and "two or three" have definitely refused to sign them.

"We're all going to know who doesn't sign the easement, if it comes to that," said Nelson. "If they do not sign the easement after all of this, the borough will do what it needs to do to take the easement."

Last week, U.S. Rep Jon Runyan (R-3) gave mayors in his district a deadline of May 1 to have all oceanfront residents sign their easements allowing for the dune restoration project to commence. Funding has already been secured for the project, which will run from Manasquan to Barnegat inlets.

Quaghogdigger March 19, 2013 at 11:29 AM
For those not familiar with a geo-tube, there was one in Bay head, 10 maybe 15 years ago, that was placed at one of the stone & wood groins that failed, running out into the water. Looked like a big sock filled with sand. It took a beating, and is no longer there, but may a good Idea as a dune base.
Da Poppa March 19, 2013 at 12:19 PM
Another ridiculous waste of money. These "breaches" we're actually openings between the bay and ocean many years ago. Filled in by man to create beachfront property as part of the intercostal waterway project. Now mother nature has taken it back, and we keep filling the hole with money. Build a bridge over the breach and be done with it.
Bowie Thelonius March 19, 2013 at 12:26 PM
I agree Da Poppa. Nature always wins. It may take a while, but the ocean will go where it goes.
blindbert March 19, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Point Pleasant Beach needs protection from something like this or the stones on the Bay Head beach!!!!~
KingNeptune March 20, 2013 at 12:48 AM
That would deprive someone of their valuable property for their 2nd or 3rd vacation cottage. No, the shore must be rebuilt!
Catsfin March 20, 2013 at 01:13 AM
How much beach access will taxpayers have after this???? And will parking regulations change so that us middleclass folks paying taxes adding up to a huge chunk of our salaries be able to stay on "their" beaches for more than 2 hrs??? Enuf is enuf. Let the mantaloking dunes revert back to what nature intended. Stop wasting all of our hard earned money on the privleged few.
Eric March 20, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Publish the names of the hold outs!
A Resident March 20, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Access? Same as before. Parking? No. The dunes are not being requested by Mantoloking residents (who seem to be judged as privileged few)...the dunes are being requested by inland people.
BayHeadBob March 22, 2013 at 08:16 PM
Everyone pays, even us who have vacation homes at the Shore. We pay taxes just like everyone else, some higher because we don't get homestead exemptions. Second, we receive no FEMA assistance beyond our insurance. The barrier islands and the dunes protect all of us from flooding. When the dunes were breached, the ocean overwhelmed Barnegat Bay which resulted in extensive flooding inland. So reinforcing the dune system is essential to protecting all our properties.
Beach Fronter March 29, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Does mother nature intend for tornadoes to destroy the plains? Does mother nature intend for California to fall into the sea? How naive is it to consider not protecting the Jersey Shore? PS: Those people that pay the taxes in the top bracket (most of the owners you are bashing) are responsible for better than 90% of the revenues you consider being wasted.
Beach Fronter March 29, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Here here!


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