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Brick Will Pay for Beachfront Sand Near Steel Wall; State Enters Eminent Domain Process

An up to six foot drop near the steel wall revetment at Brick Beach III. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
An up to six foot drop near the steel wall revetment at Brick Beach III. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Brick Township will be responsible for funding deliveries of sand that will be needed to shore up the ocean beach in time for summer, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin said Thursday, though the state will be waiting in the wings should the township require logistical or monetary assistance in the future.

The sand deliveries are needed because the shoreline is eroding seaward of an oceanfront steel wall that was installed to protect the integrity of the barrier island and prevent breaches like the one that occurred in Mantoloking during Superstorm Sandy. The wall, essentially, is doing its job – keeping the ocean from eating away at the heart of the beachfront. But by now it was supposed to have been covered by a 22 foot-high engineered dune, anchored with vegetation, and buttressed by 200 feet of beachfront that was to be pumped onshore as part of a federal beach replenishment project. As the waves have lapped at the wall all winter long, it has created a six-foot drop in some areas, separating the bulk of the beach from the area where beachgoers would enter the water to take a swim.

An up to six foot drop near the steel wall revetment at Brick Beach III. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
An up to six foot drop near the steel wall revetment at Brick Beach III. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

“We’ve been talking to both Brick and Mantoloking,” Martin said Thursday, at a press conference marking the start of a beach replenishment project on Long Beach Island. “They put money aside to put sand on it, and their responsibility is to keep that area covered with sand. We’ve told them that, if for some reason they had a problem, the state would assist them making sure it’s covered with sand for the summer.”


The replenishment project, which would end the need for sand in the area of the steel wall, has been delayed numerous times as the state has been unable to obtain voluntary easements to allow the dunes to be built on slivers of privately-owned sand in front of residential homes. Earlier this year, an Ocean County Superior Court judge ruled that the easements must be taken under the full eminent domain process rather than the state’s Disaster Control Act. A case involving Jenkinson’s in Point Pleasant Beach and non-cooperation on the part of Bay Head’s municipal government and homeowners have stalled the project that will construct larger beaches and protective dunes from Manasquan Inlet to Island Beach State Park.

Seaside Heights Mayor Bill Akers said Wednesday that he was told in a meeting held earlier this week that the start of beach replenishment on Ocean County’s northern barrier island is about six months away.

Meanwhile, in Brick, the cost of ensuring the steep drop is eliminated for the summer season will fall to local taxpayers.

“The towns are initially responsible for that cost,” Martin said. “Given the delays it’s taken to get the project started, the state will help out down the road if there just isn’t enough sand on top of it and they’re running out of money at the end of the day.”

At a township council meeting this week, officials voted in favor of paying an $82,194 bill for sand importation to the beachfront as the township readies the beaches for summer.

“It is being dispatched at different locations to provide safe access to the beach this summer for beachgoers and residents,” said Business Administrator Joanne Bergin.

Beach replenishment commences in Ship Bottom, N.J., May 7, 2015. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Beach replenishment commences in Ship Bottom, N.J., May 7, 2015. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Martin said the state is now pursuing easements under the state’s traditional eminent domain process, starting with 49 that are still required in Long Beach Island.

“We really want them to keep moving along, we don’t want this project to stop,” said Martin, of the LBI replenishment effort. “They’re at the top of the list.”

In all, about 300 easements remain outstanding out of 4,200 that were initially required to be obtained for numerous replenishment projects coast-wide.

  • Chuck Cumella

    We need the “holdouts” to sign the damn easements NOW! These bunch of selfish Bastard$ must realize that they are going to borrow the land and not build a boardwalk or hot-dog stand there. The mainland side of the bay homeowners NEED the barrier island to be a barrier island; the proposed dune system (that has federal approval and is waiting to start) will create the protective barrier that is needed.

    • Scott

      All wrong about holdouts cant say it enough. Would be great if it was a “Sliver” of land. They want the whole lot of every beachfront owner not a sliver of land. Just change the easement to the land they want and I think they will have every signature.
      I agree there should be a special Barrier Island tax to pay for this. I think people would gladly pay a small ‘vig” to have nice beaches.

      • Scott – That is incorrect. Each easement document specifically describes the portion of the property needed for the construction of the dune. It does not include the “whole lot.” The “grant of easement” clause in each of the agreements spells out the exact portions of a given property that would be used for dune construction. Here is an example, using Mantoloking’s borough-owned property: http://www.mantoloking.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/MantolokingEasement1_29_13.pdf

      • Scott

        Like to talk to you where can I email

      • Scott

        You can go online to the Ocean County Clerk site and look at the easements that have been already been recorded. As far as I can see they are the full lot.

      • Scott

        Can we talk I would be happy to fill you in on what I know.
        Give me a number and time

      • John Ghent

        Did you read the Jenkinson’s complaint? Wasn’t that one of the issues: the cookie cutter deeds…http://www.inversecondemnation.com/files/jenkinsons-pavillion-v-acoe-filed-usdc-complaint-12-16-14.pdf

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  • Don Smith

    So I am betting that every government official approving this money thinks it is a one time cost. I suggest they start a new tax on the back bay people that think they will be protected by this wall because you will now be covering the wall every year. It is called shoveling sand against the tide. Doesn’t matter how red faced they get, they have destroyed the natural coast that God created. Payments will go on forever. And the next storm surge will still enter the bay unless they put the steel sheeting in at the inlets too. Key is to build small houses near the sea not McMansions.


  • BB

    The hold-outs should look into using the
    “Supplementary Agreement Regarding Grant of Easement ”
    is currently posted on Brick Township’s web-site. This legal document,
    which was formulated by a few beach associations at their own cost, was
    used by several beach front land owners as a future protection as far as
    keeping ownership rights to their land. It basically says that the land
    can only be used to construct a dune and nothing more!!!

  • Frank Rizzo

    My yard needs grading too…will the tax payers please send over the work crews at their expense as soon as possible please. These are millionaires who need to care for their own homes. I do not want to hear ever again that these people pay full taxes here yet live full time up north and should be given a discount for not using the schools. You just got your money back and more.

  • jo jo ormaz

    leave the wall there! why should I have to pay more Taxes next year to cover up a wall each year ! no matter how much sand you cover that steel wall – the ocean will pull the sand away from it each year.” Which Only means each year going forward, your going to have to replace that sand in front of it. The Bottom line is My Taxes will go up to pay for it! the only way to fix the erosion problem to build a barrier reef along the Jersey cost line as someone talked about a couple years ago. Hey this is an Election year – what are you going to do about it! Brick working class to foot the bill, My taxes goes up! The more Taxes goes up, More people WILL sell their homes, Which is more Homes that are sold off to the investors from Lakewood. Nice Job Brick! keep it going!

  • Christy Chris

    This is a Trojan horse takeover of beaches and private property for political gain, pure and simple. “Easement in Perpetuity” and “avulsion” are all you need to know. Modus operandi: Bullying. From locals all the way to Kangaroo Supreme Court.

  • jo jo ormaz

    Next year when our propert taxes goes up – the council will come back and say “it was an agreement that was already put into place ” – Sorry folks, it’s too late – your taxes are going up – in 2016. Ask those who are running how to fix that?