Deeper Lagoons and Wider Beaches: Where and When
Update on status of bayside dredging and beach replenishment projects.
At Thursday's City Council meeting, Ocean City Business Administrator Mike Dattilo updated council members on two long-awaited projects: dredging bayside lagoons to make them deeper for boat traffic and pumping sand onto oceanside beaches to make them wider.
When: Dredging started at 2 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 27). The city has a permit to dredge through Nov. 30. The city has applied to the state Department of Environmental Protection for an extension in case work is not complete by then — even though the city, at this point, anticipates work being complete before the end of November. Dredges will work seven days a week starting at 7 a.m., except on Sundays, when work will start at 8 a.m.
Where: The dredging started at the mouth of South Harbor Lagoon (between Spruce and Tennessee avenues. It will continue to include all lagoons and channels between 16th and 34th streets.
When: A contract was awarded by the Army Corps of Engineers on Sept. 13. The project is expected to start in Brigantine in November and move to Ocean City starting in late February or early March.
Where: The project will extend from the jetty at Seaspray Road to about 12th Street.