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Point Beach Suggests Meeting With Manasquan, Brielle About Beach Replenishment

Point Pleasant Beach officials suggested this past week they should have a discussion with Brielle, Manasquan and other towns about the progress of post-Sandy dune and beach replenishment in the area.

Mayor Vincent Barrella suggested taking the step after he urged borough officials to show restraint in complaining to the federal government about post-Sandy dune and beach replenishment.

Councilman Thomas Toohey and other officials considered sending a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers "expressing concerns" regarding the impact of the beach replenishment project on the Manasquan Inlet.

Toohey and others, however, showed a willingness to work with Barrella after the mayor said he doesn't "want anything to get in [the] way" of local dune replenishment.

Barrella said he believes "there are forces looking to kill" efforts to improve the beachfront.

During Tuesday's council meeting, Barella noted the borough wants Point Beach property owners to sign easements for a project that is designed to create dunes to protect private and public property from the impact of future storms.

The borough's largest businesses, however, "have no intention of signing an easement," suggesting they have "powerful friends" who could somehow influence the federal government and other potential supporters to stop the replenishment project from happening.

kf February 23, 2014 at 04:50 PM
I think the borough of Manasquan would do well to stay far away from the politics and conspiracy theories of the Point Beach government.
Mike Corbally February 24, 2014 at 09:23 AM
The only people who benefit from not creating dunes are two business owners. If we get hit with a hurricane, and i hope it never happens, the rest of PPB will suffer the consequences. The businesses didn't miss a beat with Sandy.
benny February 24, 2014 at 10:27 AM
I agree kf. Squan and Brielle should stay away from the conspiracy theorists. These towns run much better and don't need to be brainwashed.Mr. Corbally, are you serious about the two businesses "not missing a beat"? You can't be serious or else you are one of the governing body members that tried to make up a bunch of ideas trying to extort monies from these same businesses.
new2town February 24, 2014 at 02:40 PM
The big problem in Point Beach is the ACoE are only building dunes and not extending the beaches Eastward.

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