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Plans in Place to Fix ‘Drop’ On Beach Where Steel Wall Was Installed

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The exposed steel wall revetment at Brick Beach III has created a drop in the beachfront. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
The exposed steel wall revetment at Brick Beach III has created a drop in the beachfront. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

A steel sea wall installed along the entirety of Brick Township’s oceanfront, and much of Mantoloking’s, has been doing its job this winter. The problem: it was supposed to be covered with a dune and only do its job in emergencies, leading state officials to formulate plans to repair large drop-offs in the sand across local beaches.

The construction of the dune that is planned to be built across the length of Ocean County’s northern barrier island is on hold, as oceanfront property owners are refusing to sign easements to allow it to be built and Jenkinson’s – which owns much of Point Pleasant Beach’s oceanfront – has filed a lawsuit challenging the eminent domain process municipalities are using to take the slivers of sand needed.

The lack of a dune has left local beaches in bad shape, with the steel wall revetment protecting the sand behind it – as it is supposed to – but potentially exacerbating the erosion of sand in front of it. This has led to steep drops, up to six feet in some places, in the middle of the beach in some portions of Brick, including a large part of Brick Beach III.

The exposed steel wall revetment at Brick Beach III has created a drop in the beachfront. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
The exposed steel wall revetment at Brick Beach III has created a drop in the beachfront. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
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With the replenishment project – which would see the construction of a dune on top of the wall and the beach extended eastward – on hold, officials are putting plans in place to repair the beaches in the interim.

The exposed steel wall revetment at Brick Beach III has created a drop in the beachfront. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
The exposed steel wall revetment at Brick Beach III has created a drop in the beachfront. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Bob Considine, spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection, told Shorebeat that the state agency is working with Brick and Mantoloking to make sure the exposed revetment is “well-covered with trucked-in sand” before the start of the summer season.

“Ideally, we’d like to time the delivery and placement of the sand to be closer to the start of the beach season and that’s part of the discussion we’ll be having,” Considine said. “But it is safe to say the areas there will [have] sand replenishment where needed as a stopgap to the dune construction project.”


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  • Chuck Cumella

    As I’ve clearly stated in the previous posts. These damn holdouts are selfish. Take the damn land via emirate domain. Period. End of the discussion

    • John Ghent

      Hey Chuck- you can add Larry Bathgate to the list who oppose the dunes and owns two homes on the ocean in Bay Head. He heads the politically connected law firm in Lakewood, Bathgate Wegener & Wolf, and he recently announced that he would be supporting Bush for President, not Christie!

      • Chuck Cumella

        Another A HOLE!!! I know who Larry is……

  • #@#.com

    lets take Chucks land instead and make it a park.

    • Chuck Cumella

      They are not taking anyone’s land. It’s a damn beach…… And they are just going to be adding more sand. EVERYONE benefits. There are about 40 homes on the beach that refuse (DUE TO SELFISH NATURE OF THEIR VIEW) to sign; there are over 10,000 homes on the mainland side that NEED the dunes. It’s called a barrier island for a reason; IT’S A DAMN BARRIER!!!

      • Frank Rizzo

        Lets not make the dunes,,,and lets not then ask the tax payer to pay to fix your erosion problems or restore the shore like after Sandy…If it is YOUR land..then make it YOUR problems.

      • Trevor

        okay well when you pay 2.5 million dollars for a view maybe you will understand why they are a little upset. Why should the beach be altered? The dunes should be brought back to their natural status before the storm. Other than that people should raise their houses if they are concerned about another storm the beach was there first.

  • Don Smith

    So we are literally shoveling sand against the tide with our tax $$$$$$ When will the state realize the stupidity of all this. Nature managed this beach for free for generations. In fact doesn’t the state have a department to protect the natural environment? Where were they when this knee jerk reaction wall was built?

    • sunray444

      right on – the only wrong is people – not what the weather, wind and water do. it’s been doing it for eons. man just has to f**k it up.

  • Chuck Cumella

    Daniel…….. anything to say? do you feel that this project should be funded and that the damn holdouts are wrong and should sign? you live out there? I live on the mainland side, in Brick…. I see the island; just North of Chadwick Island…… What is your opinion? These bastards are selfish in my mind…… The people of the mainland side NEED the dunes…… The barrier island must be a BARRIER.

    What do you think??

  • Chuck Cumella

    I’m ready to go out there and give these assHOLES a good piece of my mind…… I’ll give the Brick PD a warning and have them escort me……….. I’m really pissed off…….

  • Don Smith

    So will the property tax people revisit the question of values here now that we have destroyed the world class natural barrier island beach to protect the back bay residents from the ocean? If one can not get to the ocean without a ladder, I mean really. In today’s age of handy cap access?

  • Don Smith

    Why after all these years did we need to waste all this money. Where was the NJ DEP? Thought they were to protect the natural environment?