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Portions of Brick’s Beachfront Fenced Off Over Safety Concerns

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A fence installed along the beachfront in Normandy Beach. (Photo: Dan Redmond)
A fence installed along the beachfront in Normandy Beach. (Photo: Dan Redmond)

Brick officials have fenced off large swaths of the township’s oceanfront – mostly in front of private homes and beach associations – due to safety concerns resulting from delays in a federal beach replenishment project.

Fencing installed along the oceanfront in Brick Township, N.J. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Fencing installed along the oceanfront in Brick Township, N.J. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Along the vast majority of Brick’s beachfront, a steep drop up to six feet or more exists between the bulk of the beach itself and the area where beachgoers would enter the water. The drop was caused by a steel wall revetment that was installed last summer and fall to prevent breaches in the barrier island like the one that occurred during Superstorm Sandy. The wall was supposed to be covered with 22 foot-high dunes and fronted by a 200 foot-long beach during the replenishment project, but because the replenishment never happened, waves began hitting the wall, causing the unsafe drop as sand eroded.

With the beach replenishment project at least six months out, according to local officials, the fences may remain up during the entire summer season, except in areas where the township deposits sand to level out the beachfront and create temporary access points. Last week, state Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin said Brick Township taxpayers would be responsible for the cost of the sand; Brick paid more than $80,000 for a sand delivery last week.

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“The fence is there for safety,” Mayor John Ducey explained this weekend, as word began to spread over social media about the fence installation. “There is a dangerous situation up at the beach. People are unaware of the steep drop from the top of the dune to the sand. The township does not want a child or anyone to be injured by falling.”

The fence, which runs from approximately the township’s northern border to Normandy Beach, with the exception of certain access points along the way such as Brick’s public beaches, will remain “until it’s safe,” Ducey said, “which, unless we get a lot of shoaling, will be the summer.”


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  • Don Smith

    The real hazard is the government in Brick. They don’t seem to know how to manage the natural beach they had. Now they need to adjust property values since they made the beach worthless. What are they thinking?

    Don

  • Chief Wahoo

    Incompetence.

    ANARCHO-CAPITALISM

  • Glenn

    Could they be blocking beach access for the home owners holding out on signing the easements? 🙂

    • Scott Right

      I would think yes to some

  • Scott Right

    There have been many who have said nothing but replenishment, nothing will change, people are overreacting, and many other things. Go online and find some of the recorded deeds, nothing in them that says the town can close beaches as they deem necessary. Maybe the public beaches but not people’s personal property. Could you imagine the state coming in and putting a fence on your property without your knowledge or being asked? I know we will here “SAFTEY REASONS!”. Do they think people who live on the beach don’t know how dangerous it can be?

  • Beach N8iv

    $afety

  • Chuck Cumella

    What is needed here is to finish the beach replenishment project. Take eminent domain to allow use of the land from the “hold outs”. We all need the barrier island to act like a barrier. Without the dunes it will cause flooding in the bay and cause millions of dollars of property damage on the mainland side of the bay. TAKE THE LAND NOW! This project has been federally funded; we don’t want to loose the funding because of a bunch of selfish A holes that will not sign. SIGN THE DAMN EASEMENT NOW!

    • DANIEL_NEE_LIES

      We will NEVER GET A GRAIN OF SAND FROM THE USACOE
      They are already making preparations to move PAST NORTHERN OC
      and GO RIGHT TO LBI
      THANK MARIE MARUCA, TOMS RIVER AND THE GANGSTERS AT JENKS
      ONCE THEY PASS BY, THEY NEVER COME BACK!

  • Kathleen Daniele-Otero

    I call BS! Sounds to me like a monopoly to get all the cash flow to Brick I and III…which will be overcrowded as a result!

  • Trevor

    Getting over that fence looks fairly easy…

  • Don Smith

    They are protecting the public from the hazards created by installing the steel wall. I suggest we file charges to get it removed since it is unsafe and may cause a hazard after any future storm. Therefore it should be removed. Cheaper then shoveling sand against the tide for the next hundred years.

    Don

    • mbaker

      Hi Don and others- I am a reporter for CBS New York– are you and others available to speak on camera about the fences? I may do the story on Thursday 5/14. To ALL– please email me –mbaker@cbs.com or 646 740 1872

      • DANIEL_NEE_LIES

        As a NJPE and CME I know the State KNOWS they Messed up with the Steel Wall. The Shorebeat even proved my statement by showing the scouring along the seaward section of wall during a recent storm event and called the wall s ‘success, even though all the sand east of the wall scoured out to sea……………
        Look how well the 50 Residents of Mantaloking and N. Brick and now Point are protected with their Rock Revetment that THEY PAID FOR OUT OF THEIR OWN POCKETS……..

  • DANIEL_NEE_LIES

    ROCK REVETMENTS WORK!
    PROVEN TO WORK SINCE THE NOR’EASTER OF 62′
    THE ORIGINAL REVETMENT SURVIVED AND WORKED
    ROCK BEATS STEEL 11 TIMES OUT OF 10
    AND DOES NOT SCOUR LIKE A STEEL WALL!

  • DANIEL_NEE_LIES

    I TOLD DAN KNEE BACK IN 2012 THAT THERE WOULD BE NO SAND IN NORTH OCEAN COUNTY UNTIL AT LEAST 2016…..
    I TOLD HIM AND PROVIDED HIM WITH THE PROOF FROM THE US ARMY CORE OF ENGINEERS
    HE THEN IN TURN, BLOCKED ME FROM THE PATCH
    I TOLD YOU THERE WOULD BE NO SAND IN ORTLEY IN 13’14’OR15′
    AND I WAS RIGHT!

  • DANIEL_NEE_LIES

    DAN IT IS 2015 AND NO SAND IN ORTLEY ON YOUR BEACH YET!
    TOLD YOU SO
    TOLD YOU TO GO TO VEGAS AND BET ON IT TOO
    SHOULD HAVE LISTENED TO AN ENGINEER WHO MEETS WITH THE USACOECCA EVERY WEEK!

  • Ortley guy

    Brick says 6 months until replenishment? NJ DEP won’t even give timelines for eminent domain proceedings. Time to completed dunes is st least 2 years, probably 4.