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Officials: Restoring Beach Access in Long Branch to be a 'Work In Progress'

Most access points will likely be located north of Cottage Place

Long Branch officials are still discussing how many beach access points will be open this summer after Hurricane Sandy damaged the city's boardwalk and beachfront.

"It's going to be a work in progress,"  City Administrator Howard Woolley said during Tuesday night's council meeting. "As we move forward we are going to see we’re we’ve got beach we are going to get as many entrances onto as many beaches as we can."

Mayor Adam Schneider said the beaches south of Cottage Place are in the worst shape and said it is unknown how many access points would be open there.

"I think we can do at least one access point in West End, as long as the sand comes back and there are no more storms," Schneider said in a recent interview. "My hope is there will be enough sand to figure out where people can get on in West End."

Long Branch Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Stanley Dzuiba said the latest storm that hit the area left little to no beach from South Bath to Brighton Avenue.

Most beach access points will likely be at Cottage Place, North Bath Avenue, Pavilion Avenue and Morris Avenue, Woolley has said. Pier Village's beach access ramps and ones on the promenade are also ready to go for the summer.

However, the city is focusing on getting as many beaches open south of Pier Village as possible.

"The beaches south of Pier Village are where the locals go, so that's our priority," Schneider said.

Schneider said he still hopes to have lifeguards stationed in all the places they have been in the past. He said the city will also have to determine if there any exposes pilings underwater to see if swimming is allowed at certain beaches.

Visitors will likely be able walk down to the beach from the street via sand ramps, Schneider said. The sand ramps are a cheaper alternative to building wooden platforms and ramps.

He said it is also imporant to have enough access points so emergency personell can easily reach any beach.

Schneider said the city is looking to do what it can to get people on the beach this summer.

"I think we will be OK this summer, it just may not be as convenient for people as it was in the past," Schneider said. "People may have to park a little further and walk to the beach they want to go to."

Dominick Palermo March 27, 2013 at 12:02 PM
Rome wasnt built in a day
Christopher Sheldon (Editor) March 27, 2013 at 12:12 PM
That statement is definitely true in this case Dominick. The process of restoring access and rebuilding the boardwalk is much more complicated than people think. The bluff and seawall have to be repaired before boardwalk construction can begin and now it seems like the city will wait a bit to see if sand replenishment can come before the entrances are set up. I'll have more about that later this morning.
Kathy A March 28, 2013 at 11:46 AM
I used to love to go in the ocean BEFORE the beach replenishment. You could just walk into the water and it would gradually get deeper. After the replenishment, you would start walking until it got to your knees, then the next step it would drop off and you'd be up to your chin. I never felt that it was safe after that. Personally, I'm very conflicted about a new replenishment. I can see the need for a wider beach, but I would have loved to see the natural slope again.
Keven Canning March 28, 2013 at 06:38 PM
My beach access has been washed away just south of 7 Presidents. Can I just jump down? Why do I have to use a designated access? The littoral zone is common property.
Steven G. April 01, 2013 at 04:32 PM
There are "locals" that go to the beach between Seven Presidents and Pier Village too.

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