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Long Branch May Be Part of Large-Scale Beach Replenishment Project

Sandy relief package passed by Congress in January would fund project

Long Branch and other Monmouth County beach towns could be part of an upcoming large-scale beach replenishment project, according to Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06).

The Sandy relief package passed by Congress in January would fund the beach replenishment project and others Pallone said he expects to be completed to restore damage to the Jersey Shore caused by Superstorm Sandy.

"Based on his interpretation of the Sandy aid bill, Pallone pointed to these projects in Monmouth County that he expects the Army Corps of Engineers to move forward with as part of the relief plan," a release from Pallone's office stated. "Pallone stressed that these projects only represent a preliminary list and that other projects may be forthcoming."

The beach replenishment project would cover 21 miles of beaches from Sandy Hook to the Barnegat Inlet, and would be the largest beach nourishment project ever undertaken by the Army Corps of Engineers and the world’s biggest beach-fill project, in terms of sand volume.

"The work will include the restoration of most of the beaches from Sea Bright to the Manasquan Inlet in Monmouth County," the release states.

However, specific beaches that will be included in the project have not been finalized at this time, but the areas chosen will include those that suffered the most damage from Sandy.

"I want to try to get Long Branch and the other towns I represent as much beach replenishment as possible," Pallone told Long Branch-Eatontown Patch last month.

Long Branch's beaches from Cedar Avenue to Pier Village were last replenished several years ago, Pallone has said.

"The planned work would not only restore the region to pre-storm conditions, but would make massive improvements totaling well in excess of $100 million to replenish beaches and prevent future erosion damage," the release states.

“The Jersey Shore is a treasure of our state,” Pallone said in the release.  “The shore sustained such severe damage from Sandy, which if unaddressed, would continue to wash away our beaches and make much of the region uninhabitable.  That’s why I have been insistent that restoring our coast, beaches and waterways must be a top priority for the funding from the Sandy relief package.”

Other large scale projects noted by Pallone include flood prevention for Port Monmouth and Keansburg.

“I have fought for these projects for years because I know how important they are to protect some of our most fragile waterway infrastructure,” Pallone said in the release.  “Sadly, Sandy made some of the areas already in need of work go from bad to worse.  Now, the work that must be done will not only help us rebuild from the storm, but will make improvements that we have needed for years.”

Michael Megill February 26, 2013 at 08:13 PM
You have to be kidding me! Congressman Pallone, please resign from office. You and all your fiscally irresponsible partners in congress have completely mismanaged the finances of this country. $100mm to replenish beaches? Why not reallocate those dollars to assisting folks in elevating structures? Mr. Sheldon, could you present the Cost Benefit Analysis needed to justify such a project? Is there a post Sandy study that reports the effectiveness of past beach replenishment projects? What percentage of damage was caused by flood surge in the rivers and bays? You could have placed a quarter mile of sand on the beaches of Sea Bright and the majority of damage would have still occured. Wake up folks and start questioning how your tax dollars are spent and who benefits. Mr. Sheldon, maybe as a reporter you should ask some questions rather than just reporting rhetoric.
Dominick Palermo February 26, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Well MIke ------ We seem to habve billions to give to foriegn nations --(ie) Egypt for F-16's -- Billion here or a billion there to terroeist nations that have sworn to kill us --------- few hundred million to stop aids in African nations -----------Blame the politicians for not spending our tax dollar properly ----------Rather the see the seashore area of NJ bringing in touist dollars than having people who hate us get it
joe February 26, 2013 at 09:40 PM
So Dominick, with all that federal money going to beach replenishment in L.B. , now do you believe that beach access should be free. Plenty of my tax money pays for the replenishment. I don't need to pay twice.
McGinty February 27, 2013 at 03:39 AM
Enough of this government waste. Beach renourishment is like pumping 100 dollar bills into the ocean. The replenished beaches don't last, they kill all of the great rolling waves we grew up body-surfing, and such projects are literally responsible for the loss of human lives by drowning due to the rip currents and deep water within 10 feet of the shoreline. Save the money for other uses, like buying properties along the oceanfront so nature can take its course. Beach renourishment should only be used along bayfronts where swimming isn't a major activity.
Just Champagne March 04, 2013 at 01:38 PM
Why not consider building a false reef just off shore that might start trapping sand inside the reef and help prevent the erosion? Any studies on this one? This just might last longer. Would eventually reduce the inevitable tax dollar funding and replenishment in the future.

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