Thursday, May 9, 2013
Island Beach will not be included in Army Corps of Engineers' dune and beach replenishment program
South Seaside Park resident Donald Whiteman's family has lived on the barrier island section of Berkeley Township for seven decades. And they know a washout from a storm when they see one, going all the way back to the Hurricane of 1938, he has said at more than one Berkeley Township Council meeting. Whiteman again urged township officials at the May 5 meeting to pressure the state Department of Environmental Protection to include Island Beach in the Army Corps of Engineers dune and beach replenishment program. "Residents in South Seaside Park who stayed during the storm recognized there was more than one breach," he said. "Island Beach had about five washouts." Whiteman was one of those who rode out the storm. He noticed problems at the …
Friday, February 1, 2013
State, Army Corps Of Engineers outline plans For Barnegat Bay cleanup; debris removal will be done all along New Jersey coastline, Ocean County Administrator says
Residents up and down the Jersey Shore have noticed a disturbing trend during the three months since Superstorm Sandy pummeled the coastline - more flooding after relatively minor storms. Hopefully, things will improve in the next few months as a massive debris cleanup of Barnegat Bay and waterways from Raritan Bay all the way down to the bottom of the state gets underway, Ocean County Administrator Carl W. Block said tonight. "The target is to have 75 percent of the debris out by June," he said. "While it's an ambitious target, they are trying to make sure there's a summer season." Block attended both of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's sessions on "wet debris" held at the Ocean County Administration Building Thursday for local…
Friday, December 14, 2012
Route 88 bridge will be closed three more nights
The Route 88 bridge in Point Borough will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Dec. 19 and 26 and Jan. 2. Like the closure this past Monday and Thursday nights, the upcoming closures are due to the Army Corps of Engineers repairing the corroded steel of the bulkhead along the canal, said Steve Rochette, an Army Corps spokesperson. The repairs are part of work that has been ongoing for months and has nothing to do with Superstorm Sandy, Rochette said.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
If the owners of private beachfront property in Ortley Beach want their dunes replaced by the township, they need to grant public beach access, township says.
Toms River has replaced the sand dunes on publicly owned oceanfront property in Ortley Beach that were washed away during Hurricane Sandy. The township is willing to extend the same courtesy to the owners of private beachfronts, too, but on one condition. And it’s not a small one. According to township solicitor Ken Fitzsimmons, the township is legally prohibited from spending taxpayer funds to replenish dunes on private property destroyed by Sandy. That’s no longer a problem should the property owners grant the township an easement. As a condition of the easement, however, Toms River is requiring property owners to grant the township public access to the beach between the dunes and the Atlantic Ocean in perpetuity. Suddenly, the private …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
State and county to pick up most of the tab in cost-sharing arrangement
Manasquan expects to spend no more than $4,600 on a contract to fund the repair of a jetty at Fisherman's Cove, with the bulk of the project's cost absorbed by the state and county. Manasquan Borough Council approved a resolution at its regular meeting Tuesday night that authorizes the borough's participation in a cost-sharing arrangement to restore and reconstruct the west terminus of the jetty, which was damaged in Hurricane Irene and has only deteriorated further within the past year. "It's showing signs of distress," borough Engineer Charles Rooney said. "With the settlement of the west section... there is concern about the stability of the jetty." The resolution authorizes a $92,498 contract for Bird Construction to repair the west …