Thursday, March 14, 2013
Officials hoping project will begin this summer from Manasquan to Barnegat inlets
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- 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…
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Saturday's St. Patrick's Day parade in Seaside Heights was more than just a celebration of the holiday.
A lonely kind of place. That's how Ginnie Kenney described Seaside Heights in the months following Hurricane Sandy. She said she and her neighbors were expecting visitors to hopefully return to the resort town in June, but she was more optimistic. With the borough working hard at restoration following the storm's devastation, Kenney said she believed St. Patrick's Day was a more likely possibility. On Saturday, tens of thousands of visitors lined the green-stripped Boulevard in Seaside Heights for the borough's annual St. Patrick's Day parade, the first time its welcomed the public back in full since the storm. Though the boardwalk is just pilings, the former boards being washed away, and though many homes and businesses are still …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
The borough held its first major public event since Hurricane Sandy.
Thousands of people crowded the borough's streets, angling through the mass for a position with a decent view. Revelers hung out on motel balconies or behind metal barricades, cheering with the arrival of every beverage. For blocks surrounding the boulevard, drivers circled around, struggling to find a place to park. Welcome back, Seaside. On Saturday, Seaside Heights hosted its annual St. Patrick's Day parade, welcoming tens of thousands of visitors to enjoy the family-friendly event and witness the shore's ongoing reconstruction efforts. With the boardwalk still being installed after being destroyed and many homes and businesses still gutted from Hurricane Sandy, crowds marched down the green-striped Boulevard, resuming an annual …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Annual county parade is set for Saturday, March 9 in Seaside Heights
Another sign of recovery at the Jersey Shore, the Ocean County St. Patrick's Day Parade will continue its annual march through Seaside Heights on Saturday. "We're very ready for it," said parade committee chairman Denis Kelly. "Wear your green to celebrate." Participants will march north on the Boulevard beginning at 12 p.m. The mid-week Nor'easter did not impact the parade and it will go on as planned, according to Kelly. Organizers expect 50,000 spectators to watch thousands of participants from over 150 organizations march in the 29th annual family-oriented parade, Kelly said. Among those represented will be Boy and Girl Scouts, veterans, local high school bands and Irish heritage groups. "We're going to have a big crowd," Kelly said…
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The borough is hoping to award a bid for seawall construction at its next council meeting.
Perhaps they'll call it the Snooki Seawall. Seaside Heights is moving forward with its plan to construct a seawall the entire length of its boardwalk and is hoping to fund the entire project with money raised by MTV's Restore the Shore telethon, according to borough Mayor Bill Akers. Though a bid has not yet been awarded for construction - Akers said the borough would like to award a bid as soon as its next council meeting - it's estimated the seawall would cost about $1 million, the same amount promised to the Hurricane Sandy-battered borough by MTV. The money was raised during a November telethon featuring the "stars" of several MTV reality shows, most notably the crew from "Jersey Shore." Beloved by orange-toned grenades and gorillas …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The $215 million project, which will include installing a new and improved drainage system, is expected to be completed by the summer of 2015
Governor Christie announced Tuesday that Route 35, from Point Pleasant Beach to South Seaside Park in Berkeley, will be completely rebuilt. The $215 million project, which will include installing a new and improved drainage system, is expected to be completed by the summer of 2015. Funding will come from federal sources, Christie said. The governor announced the project at a press conference held with Ocean County officials at the Lavallette Fire Company building, a block away from the state highway that is the focus of the reconstruction project. The new highway will be 24 inches thick, including asphalt pavement and the stabilizing sub-base materials. The Christie administration said it will do its best to minimize summer disruptions, …
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Proceeds go to two schools and Shore 2 Recover
A fundraiser for two schools and Shore 2 Recover will be held from 5 p.m. to midnight March 2 at Martell's on the Point Pleasant Beach boardwalk. The admission fee of $25, for non-stop live music and complimentary dinner buffet, will be donated as follows: $20 to Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School in Seaside Heights and Memorial School in Union Beach and $5 to Shore2Recover’s rebuild program. Shore 2 Recover was founded by Toni Pecunia, a resident of Point Pleasant whose home was partially-flooded by the storm, according to the organization's website. The organization has donated funds to various needs, including helping Sandy-impacted families and to St. Paul's kitchen in Bay Head that has been feeding free, hot meals to affected families …
Friday, February 15, 2013
Reconstruction work on Seaside Heights' new boardwalk begins with some pile driving.
Construction of Seaside Heights' new boardwalk is underway. Crews are currently installing 25-foot long wooden pilings to help support the new boards. In all, more than 1,500 pilings are expected to be installed. The actually process of installing pilings is relatively simple - following the planning, measuring and surveying, that is. A large drill bores deep into the beach while a second heavy machine lowers the pilings into place while its pile driver attachment hammers it into the ground. About 64 pilings are expected to be installed each day. Seaside's boardwalk is expected to be rebuilt on or before May 10.
Crews are drilling the sand and inserting pilings 25 feet into the ground to support the resort town's new boardwalk.
Construction crews were out in Seaside Heights Friday morning for the first day of work rebuilding the shore town's popular boardwalk. The first step of the process is drilling deep into the beach and inserting 25-foot long wooden pilings that will support the boardwalk. Officials hope the pilings, which are drilled 10 feet below sea level, will help keep the boardwalk intact during future storms. Much of the boardwalk was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy. What was left was removed and hauled away, a necessary process prior to reconstruction of nearly the entire length of the boardwalk. The entire boardwalk will require an estimated 1,500 pilings, according to Seaside Heights Administrator John Camera. A foreman on hand for the first day …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The Seaside Heights amusements pier has been stripped, partially demolished, but restoration is in progress.
It's hard to see the improvement at Casino Pier following its destruction at the hands of Hurricane Sandy. But, it's what you don't see that let's you know work is being done. The Seaside Heights attraction is nearly empty. All of the amusements and rides that remained on the pier following Sandy have been taken down, piece-by-piece, and carted away, some to storage, some to the scrap yard. The log flume, half of it having fallen into the ocean, is gone. The Wild Mouse rollercoaster has been taken down and hauled away. The buildings that housed concessions and games have been torn down. A few remnants remain, including the Jet Star coaster, still sitting in the water. Soon, that will be gone too. It's stark right now; the pier is almost …