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.
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.
“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.