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Proceeds from MTV Telethon to Fund Seaside's Seawall

The borough is hoping to award a bid for seawall construction at its next council meeting.

Perhaps they'll call it the Snooki Seawall. 

Seaside Heights is moving forward with its plan to construct a seawall the entire length of its boardwalk and is hoping to fund the entire project with money raised by MTV's Restore the Shore telethon, according to borough Mayor Bill Akers.

Though a bid has not yet been awarded for construction - Akers said the borough would like to award a bid as soon as its next council meeting - it's estimated the seawall would cost about $1 million, the same amount promised to the Hurricane Sandy-battered borough by MTV.

The money was raised during a November telethon featuring the "stars" of several MTV reality shows, most notably the crew from "Jersey Shore."

Beloved by orange-toned grenades and gorillas alike, but criticized as an unfair representation of New Jersey and its residents, the show was filmed in Seaside Heights and made household names of people like Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi.

And now it's helping rebuild the resort town. 

Reconstruction of Seaside's boardwalk recently began following a $3.6 million bid award to Millstone-based Sidd and Associates in January. Crews are currently installing more than 1,500 25-foot long wooden pilings into the beach, which will be used as support for the new boardwalk. Rebuilding the boardwalk area is a two-phase project consisting of boardwalk reconstruction, as well as building repairs and infrastructure improvement, like the construction of a seawall.

In all, the restoration project is expected to cost about $8 million. 

The concrete seawall would be installed along the beach and would rise to the level of the boardwalk, Akers said. Visitors walking along the boards would be unable to see it, though it would be visible to beach goers.

Though Gov. Chris Christie initially demanded that shore communities construct dunes to protect themselves from future storms like Sandy, Akers said in recent conversations he's softened a bit on his stance, allowing for alternative protective measures, like seawalls, where appropriate.

"He realizes every community is going to be different," Akers said. "The main thing he wants is protection. In some communities he thinks it makes a great deal of sense (to install dunes), in others he understands it might not.

"We have to protect what we're rebuilding while also preserving a resort feel. That's what we are; that's how we pay the bills."

Specifics about the type of seawall Seaside will look to construct are not currently known pending further engineering review. The borough still needs to determine how deep into the beach the seawall should be placed and what design and building material is appropriate to mitigate potential beach erosion that could occur during ocean surges.

Building sand dunes and potentially obstructing views of the ocean just wasn't a possibility for a town that relies heavily on tourism for its economic survival. 

Akers is hopeful that the complete boardwalk reconstruction, including building of the seawall, will be completed by May 10. That's the plan now, he said, and the borough is progressing accordingly. 

There's also a potential added benefit to having a seawall instead of dunes, according to Akers. Though those walking on the boardwalk won't be able to see the wall, the thousands of tourists who flock to Seaside's beaches during the summer will have a great view. 

Why not fill it with ads, Akers asked.

wookfish February 21, 2013 at 01:31 PM
yep Minden Yo, 95% of Sea Brights homes beyond hope great job the wall did...maybe if they had flood gates....
A Resident February 21, 2013 at 01:50 PM
2 things are needed......wide beaches and sea walls. Either one alone will lead to failure.
Wallace C Smith Jr. February 21, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Drove 35 from IBSP to Point Beach. Ortley & Mantoloking are still disaster zones! Homes destroyed and all over the place. Check out my site www.aerialpictures.org for aerial Sandy picts and lots of "Before Sandy" shots!
SB Girl February 21, 2013 at 02:06 PM
If you don't have dunes and at least 100 feet of beach in FRONT of the seawall, it will do ABSOLUTELY no good!! Probably will do more damage than anything else. Ask Dr. Miller of Stevens University before you assume this will work...he did a great presentation recently explaining the various ways of building protection...
SuzieN February 21, 2013 at 02:35 PM
The dunes in Seaside Park were tall and wide, and saved this town for sure.
VoiceofReason February 21, 2013 at 03:21 PM
It's nice to see where part of all the money that was raised after Sandy is going. Where is the money from the Bruce Springsteen concert? Where is the money that other people have donated. It's a little disheartening to NOT hear of it or see it being applied anywhere. I'm glad the MTV money is going directly to SSH. And again, nice to hear that it's actually being used for what it was intended for. :)
Bert54 February 21, 2013 at 03:54 PM
people forget that a "barrier island" is nothing more than a well-established sandbar that exists, in broad terms, where eastbound freshwater meets westbound salt water. what are you expecting? the area around the Mantoloking Bridge is a perfect example of the fragile nature of this "land"s existence. you wouldn't build on a swamp, why then, on a sandbar?
Lou Cando February 21, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Its good to see MTV pitching in I hope the sea wall works I challange the Idea of not building dunes... yes the obstruct the view but most people on the board walk are checkin out the scene... the towns with the least damage all had good dune structure
JD February 21, 2013 at 04:58 PM
How do they get to the beach when the dune is 30ft high and 50ft deep?? A wall will work but they need jetty's to keep the sand inplace and the beach deep.
JMAR February 21, 2013 at 05:16 PM
snookie seawall? who writes this dumb s*it?
Linda February 21, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Why isn't the money going to homeowners
Thomas A. Mathis February 21, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Some of us laugh at the honky tonk atmosphere of Seaside Heights but they sure do have their recovery working faster than their neighbor to the North. Maybe it is the small size or lower building codes. In any event it looks like they will be open for the Summer of 2013.
Bert54 February 21, 2013 at 05:52 PM
"wop wall" wouldn't be PC
lacey voter February 21, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Unfortunatly the proven problem with jettys is one side accumulates sand and the other side loses it
cam February 21, 2013 at 06:45 PM
A seawall will turn into a graffiti display.
JD February 21, 2013 at 08:22 PM
lacey... 1 jetty isn't going to do a thing... you need a series of jetties that extend 50-100yds from low tide.
Pat S. February 21, 2013 at 08:42 PM
Only Seaside would think to use the wall for ads. As if there isn't enough tackiness already. No chance this town will ever return to being family-friendly; just hungry for $ however it can be gotten.
Debbie Bury February 21, 2013 at 10:30 PM
What happen to all the money from BRUCE'S money from the concert and DVD sales who did that go too
Judy February 21, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Wall? Perfect canvas for grafitti.... Advertisers on the wall will want their money back.
W.L. Ehrhardt February 22, 2013 at 03:03 AM
Stop the dumb chatter and let's get together on this. There are two meetings this weekend, one in Brick and another in Toms River. BE THERE ! ! Read some of thew comments on the Toms River Patch. GET TOGETHER ! !
mike sim February 22, 2013 at 04:02 AM
MTV has guilt trip that's why they giving money to Seaside Heights
VoiceofReason February 22, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Because they homeowners have insurance and this specific fund raiser was for the boardwalk. If you think you're owed something from funds raised, think again. You'll get FEMA and Insurance.
VoiceofReason February 22, 2013 at 04:01 PM
No. MTV wants to give back. And so far, they are the only one actually showing up with the money.
Charlie February 23, 2013 at 02:44 AM
Sure they are!!!
foggyworld February 26, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Snooki just may be the ideal write in candidate for this next election. At least she cares about the people who have been so damaged along with their homes at the NJ Shore.
foggyworld February 26, 2013 at 11:01 PM
And houses on pilings were way ahead of the game in most cases.
foggyworld February 26, 2013 at 11:07 PM
Voice of Reason: you have been seriously mislead if you think the homeowners have been receiving fema funds. Fema just sent money to government levels from State, county down to town to cover public access clean up. Not one penny was given to homeowners. Fema did, however, pass out SBA (?) LOAN forms which most people can't afford to take on in addition to their existing mortgages and soon to be very increased property taxes and flood insurance. And I don't know a soul who has received a check yet from an insurance company. Instead of having to pay up in 30 days, that was waived for an indefinite period because they say they can't cope with all of their customers in need.
foggyworld February 26, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Belmar has done that nicely since the storm hit.
foggyworld February 26, 2013 at 11:10 PM
And I hope they will return this Spring and Summer and do more fund raising for us whether it's for sea walls or homes in desperate need.
BillT September 09, 2013 at 02:50 PM
That money is making alot of interest nothing happening in Seaside yet..

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