LBI Beachfill Start Date Pushed Past Summer Season

Dated: 01/15/2014

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The latest projection for the start of beach replenishment planned for various sections of Long Beach Island is early fall, according to Long Beach Township Mayor Joseph Mancini and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Although the Corps previously estimated that the sand and dune renourishment would begin in late spring or early summer, Mancini said he spoke with a Corps representative who informed him the potential start date was pushed back.
The real estate division of the Corps is supposed to determine a scope of work for appraisals related to obtaining remaining easements via eminent domain, the mayor noted at the township’s Monday caucus meeting, and then “it will take awhile for the appraisals to happen.
”If the project goes out to bid in June, Mancini noted, construction probably won’t start until Sept. 1, “very optimistically.”
Corps public affairs officer Steve Rochette confirmed, “It’s not likely the project would begin before the end of the summer.“
There are so many variables that it can be difficult to predict start dates in advance,” he added.
As Mancini noted, it would be preferable to see the beachfill conducted as soon as possible, but many beachgoers, Realtors and homeowners who rent out their houses may at least be pleased that the replenishment will not take place during the busy summer months. “The bottom line is,” he remarked, “we’re still in line; it’s just been pushed back a few months.”
A Superstorm Sandy-related supplemental bill funded work that was completed last year to restore the beaches in Surf City, Harvey Cedars and a mile of Brant Beach, all which had undergone replenishment before the storm, Corps spokesman Ed Voigt said earlier this winter. As for the rest of the Island – “that’s next.” That work will be 100 percent federally funded, although future periodic renourishment will be cost shared with the state and the municipality.
And, Voigt said at the time, Island municipalities must ensure that all oceanfront homeowners have signed easements to allow the project to proceed – a situation shore towns such as Long Beach Township and Ship Bottom are now navigating, aided by Gov. Chris Christie’s executive order issued last year to take action against easement holdouts.
Friday, Jan. 10.— Juliet Kaszas-Hochjulietkaszas-hoch@thesandpaper.net
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