Parts of Jersey Shore beaches will be closed after Memorial Day after storm causes erosion

Next beach erosion Fierce coastal storm last weekend It has caused more headaches in many towns as Memorial Day weekend approaches just two weeks away.

Ortley Beach section of Toms River, Among the places where high tides and high winds have swept away massive amounts of sand and created “cliffs” near the dwindling sand dunes, officials in those towns said, said North Wildwood and Stone Harbor.

According to sources, there was also beach erosion in Brigantine Real BrigantineA local news site. NJ Advance Media was unable to reach city officials.

Mayor Maurice “Moe” Hill said in a phone interview Thursday that Ortley Beach has seen essentially erosion between Fourth and Eighth Streets and will need to spend nearly $200,000 to replenish the lost sand.

The mayor said that when Memorial Day weekend approaches, about 75% of the beach will be accessible, with the rest closed because there will be no walking due to the cliffs that are currently about 5 to 6 feet high.

The town council expects to award a contract at its May 25th meeting with construction to begin shortly thereafter. It will take about 2 to 3 weeks to work on replacing the sand.

“We’ll be done by mid-June when school breaks and the season really starts to heat up,” Hill said.

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A footpath damaged by beach erosion in Ortley Beach, NJ Thursday, May 12, 2022.Noah K. Murray | For New Jersey Advance

The mayor said the US Army Corps of Engineers is set to return to Ortley Beach “late this year or early next year” in the next phase of its renovation project. This is part of a long-term periodic feed after the completion of the major beach renovation between Manasquan Inlet to Barnegat Inlet completed by the US Army Corps of Engineers in July 2019.

Near the southern end of the saturation, North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosinello said about a third of the nearly $4 million in sand has been accumulated to replenish its beaches. While some of the sand that settled in the ocean near the shore will eventually rush ashore, much of it may be gone forever.

The beaches between Third Avenue and Seventh Avenue have lost a significant amount of sand. Beaches from Seventh Avenue to Fifteenth Avenue were also damaged. The mayor said one of the cliffs is about 20 feet high.

Rosinello said parts of the beach will not be ready to open this weekend and those areas will be clearly marked.

“The storm has caused a significant delay in our project,” Rosinello said, explaining that every spring North Wildwood trucks in the sand from Wildwood. Work was suspended in the days leading up to the storm and was unable to resume this week due to wind and rising ocean.

North Wildwood is also in the midst of a long-term project being handled by the US Army Corps of Engineers.

“North Wildwood is experiencing significant erosion of the berm and sand dunes,” the Corps said in July 2021. He added, “What used to be the largest beach in the state is now experiencing tidal flooding and wave run-off over a previously sheltered beach. North Wildwood has lost nearly 1,000 feet of shoreline in the past five to 10 years.”

at Stone HarborMeanwhile, “significant” erosion has occurred between 90th and 111th Streets, according to Mayor Judith Davis Dunhur.

“It is still too early to report the exact amount of sand lost, but we do know that a few feet of sand dunes on the seaward side have been cut and beach height has been reduced,” Davis Dunhur said in an email. statment. “Once tidal levels return to normal, some natural beach regeneration is expected, as sand that was temporarily deposited in deeper waters returns to shore.”

The town said it will replace sand on a small scale before the weekend with a beach backfill project planned later in the year.

In addition, Stockton University’s Coastal Research Center will conduct emergency beach surveys to determine the total beach loss at Stone Harbor, starting next week.

Other places were better. A North Wildwood spokeswoman said that while North Wildwood has a major renovation mission ahead, Wildwood has been saved. So it was one of the most famous locations in Ocean County – Seaside Heights.

“We got lucky,” Seaside Heights Mayor Tony Vaz said. “We are fine, thank God.”

A spokeswoman for the state’s Department of Environmental Protection said Island Beach State Park has experienced slight erosion, but the beaches are not expected to be closed this Memorial Day weekend.

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Jeff Goldman can be reached at jeff_goldman@njadvancemedia.com.