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Council Approves Spending For Beach-Widening Project

The project is expected to start in late winter or early spring.

City Council unanimously passed on second reading an ordinance on Thursday that approves borrowing $617,500 for a beach replenishment project that should take place some time in late winter or early spring.

The city is paying only a portion of the cost of the project, 8.75 percent, with the Army Corps and the state Department of Environmental Protection paying for the rest.

After the Army Corps approves a contract by Sept. 14, a contractor will first work on a project in Brigantine, before moving on to begin work on the north end of Ocean City.

The beach replenishment, according to Ocean City's Director of Finance Frank Donato, will end around 12th Street, with an outfall slated to be repaired on 13th Street.

But he also said that the southern end of the island can expect to benefit from the project as well, because, as the north end erodes, that sand moves south.

The goal of the project is to restore the north end beaches to original profile, as determined by surveys made by the Army Corps and Department of Environmental Protection when they look for erosion.

Richard Jacoby August 24, 2012 at 11:44 AM
And it's desperately needed.
Nancy August 24, 2012 at 12:56 PM
The beach replenishment project is certainly necessary. What, if anything, can be done to prevent the erosion in the first place? Does this just happen every year?
C M Sagady August 24, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Best to start this in the spring after winter storms have passed. I agree that a permanent solution would make infinitely more sense.
Capt.John August 24, 2012 at 06:32 PM
The city needs to look at other beach replenishment projects thah have retained the sand. Adding jettys or under water seawalls to trap the sand like they did in Cape May
Eric Sauder August 25, 2012 at 02:50 PM
The environmental commission gave its report last night (in council) and produced a graph that shows the correlation between a healthy dune system and the amount of sand that needs to be pumped onto the beaches for beach replenishment. Since the dunes have been rebuilt the amount of sand needed for beach replenishment has been drastically reduced. Now if we can only protect those dunes. Building specifications for the beach and dune zone, where you're not supposed to build, will soon be introduced. If that graph shows us anything it is that you don't mess with mother nature.
Woodie August 25, 2012 at 11:07 PM
beyond 45th to 59th sand is needed, when did this area receive the last replenishment.....the jetty @ 59th is more exposed than ever
Jeff Monihan August 28, 2012 at 01:29 AM
The sand that moves south only gets to 18th to 30th. No sand makes it to 50th st south. 53rd to 59th is a disaster and getting worse! The wider the golld coast beaches grow the more the south end shrinks due to the littoral drift moving farther offshore. I have watched this for 30 years. Jeff Monihan
Fun afloat November 01, 2012 at 01:10 AM
After the devastating damage we justmsawfrom Sandy on the south end of Ocean City, I hope everyone takes notice of the south end from 45th to 59th Streets. Out beaches were smaller, as we're our dunes. As a result the property damage from hurricane Sandy was SEVERE. The sand does not drift down to these beaches from the north end! We need beach replenishment in a big way and NOW. By the time the eroded sand drifts to the south end the homes and businesses will be gone!
JR January 22, 2013 at 03:32 AM
Agree with Jeff and Lauren above. How can the city dream of widening beaches and IGNORE the area that is MOST in NEED, especially after losing so much more beach during Sandy.
wjs January 22, 2013 at 04:25 AM
How can Frank Donato say the Southend will benefit from this? Stockton College New Jersey Beach Reports and Studies clearly say this is not the case. It is now January, post Sandy, we in the Southend are far worse off now than when this article was written. Still no beach replenishment scheduled for this year. Read the StocktonCollege Report, Post Sandy. Cape May County. For at least two years we have been asking the city to help. Well, ten blocks in Ocean City where the ocean went through the beach front homes... The deep Southend.

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