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Repairs of Temporary Dunes Continuing in Toms River

Breaching in Normandy Beach reported in recent storms

A temporary dune built along the oceanfront in Ortley Beach. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
A temporary dune built along the oceanfront in Ortley Beach. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
With winter storms having lashed temporary dunes meant to protect Toms River's barrier island communities, the township has stepped in and ordered additional loads of sand to rebuild the berms.

The temporary dunes are in place until the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gets a permanent dune improvement project underway later this year that will include the construction of 25 foot-high dunes anchored down by dune grass, plus up to 200 foot-long beaches. The project is likely to get underway sometime late this summer or early in the fall.

But until then, the township will continue to truck in sand, said Council President Maria Maruca.

"We have another 1,000 truckloads coming in," said Maruca. "We're going to continue to keep up the dune until the Army Corps project begins."

Maruca said the maintenance work on the temporary dune has started in Normandy Beach, where there were some small breaches during a recent storm. Ortley Beach's temporary dune were sharply cut, however there were no breaches there.

Truckloads of sand will be delivered to shore up nearly all of the township's dunes, though property owners who have not signed easements allowing the permanent project to go through will not receive the sand.
Daniel Nee (Editor) February 06, 2014 at 05:18 PM
Maurca - The denial of funding for a steel revetment in Toms River had absolutely nothing to do with the township. It is a combination of the state DOT and the Federal Highway Authority that made those authorizations for Mantoloking and Brick and did not extend them into TR. Nobody in township government "lied" about the replenishment project - the Army Corps changed their schedule after announcing an initial date to the media. Also, since my family is from LBI, I'm aware of the USACE project there. In Surf City, we received sand once and were part of an emergency maintenance project following Sandy (and one in 2011 following winter storms). Most of the island has not received ANY sand. Fortunately, once the initial USACE project is completed, all of our communities here will be eligible for emergency and seven-year scheduled maintenance as well. Finally, the money for the northern barrier island project has been allocated and IS there. I know you have constant (obsessive?) issues with one particular member of the township council, but you're throwing out some information that is patently incorrect.
Ortley February 06, 2014 at 06:46 PM
Gonna be a long hurricane season
Cardinal February 06, 2014 at 08:32 PM
After Christie gave Sandy funds to Belleville and New Brunswick for senior housing and a luxury hi-rise, respectively, are there any funds left for Ortley??? Or is that another pot of money? And the delays caused by the easement problem, has that now jeopardized funding for Ortley?

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