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Nor’Easter Damaged Brick Sea Wall Cap; Beach Entrances to be Restored for Summer

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A bulkhead cap on Brick's sea wall is dislodged, March 2017. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
A bulkhead cap on Brick’s sea wall is dislodged, March 2017. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Mayor John Ducey said Brick will ask the state to provide sand that will be used to restore beach entrances rendered inaccessible by scouring along the township’s sea wall.

“We’re going to be doing exactly what we did last year,” Ducey said. “We’ve requested the state to pay for the sand and truck the sand in, and then our guys will be doing the work to create the berms, walkovers and the zig-zag paths down.”

Because a federal beach replenishment project has yet to cover the sea wall with a dune, waves from storms frequently scour the base of the wall, creating drops up to 15-feet in some areas. For the last several years, Brick has had sand trucked in to cover the wall and create makeshift beach entrances that were safe enough for swimmers.

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The most recent nor’easter produced some damage to the cap that tops the steel wall. The cap, which provides a covering for what would otherwise be a thin sheath of metal, was dislodged at Kupper Drive, just south of Brick Beach III.

A bulkhead cap on Brick's sea wall is dislodged, March 2017. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
A bulkhead cap on Brick’s sea wall is dislodged, March 2017. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
A bulkhead cap on Brick's sea wall is dislodged, March 2017. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
A bulkhead cap on Brick’s sea wall is dislodged, March 2017. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

“The cap was installed to provide a clean top surface and to protect the public from top of the sheet pile,” said Bob Considine, spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection. “This is a typical maintenance for this type of cap on a wall subject wave up lift.”

Because the cap is not a “structural element of the wall,” Considine said, it is the township’s responsibility to repair it.


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  • Mark Story Jenks

    The state should fix it! It looks to me like it was never fastened properly in the first place.
    If you look carefully you’ll see what I mean.

  • Tim Sharkey

    Video footage of just how strong Mother Nature can be:

    http://www.timsharkey.com/blog/2016/1/2016-nor-easter-jonas

  • Surfrider

    One has to question where this wall was built. This spot in Normandy beach at Kupper Drive seems to have the wall go out in this spot closer to the ocean. It appears to be a mistake, it should have been back about another 15′ or so, but I am certainly no engineer. The “ocean drop” is in the same spot it has always been at, if this wall was not there, I still believe the beach here would be the usual normal decline down to the water from the high spot at top of street, like it always has been for the last 50 years or so…and probably more beyond my experience…But the ocean water has got to be kept out of overflowing the peninsula into the bay, that is what screwed us during Sandy, unfortunately the “perfect storm” Sandy was an anomaly which threw the “wrench” into the problem.

  • KaayC

    Was this not completed because of the holdouts? Or am I mistaken?