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Beach Widening Project to Begin on or About Feb. 16

The current scope of the beach replenishment project is from Seaspray Road to 14th Street.

The scheduled Army Corps of Engineers sand replenishment project for north-end and downtown beaches will begin on or about Feb. 16 (depending on the weather), the city announced Tuesday.

A 309-foot dredge operated by the Great Lake Dredge and Dock Company of Oak Brook, Ill., will operate 24 hours a day. The dredge will be located in the ocean off the north end of the island with no noise impacts to residents.

It will be replacing a total of 1.8 million cubic yards of sand and be pumping 19,050 cubic yards a day. It should take less than five days to replenish an average Ocean City block. 

Dredging will begin at Beach Road in the north end of the city and proceed north to Seaspray Beach, then proceed south to 14th Street. The current limit of the project is 14th Street, although the city is negotiating to extend the project south. The beach fill operation as it now stands is expected to take 95 days to complete. 

The cost for the original project prior to Superstorm Sandy was $10,320,000, of which the federal government was responsible for 65 percent, the state Department of Environmental Protection 26.25 percent and the City 8.75 percent. It is estimated that supplemental Sandy funds will add about $5.5 million to the contract to buy sand lost to the storm at 100 percent federal cost.

About $370,000 of stormwater outfall pipe repairs are also part of the contract. The cost will be shared 75 percent by the state and 25 percent by the city.

The city has also requested the Corps to obtain a proposal to rebuild dunes lost to Sandy from the Seaspray Beach to 11th Street and to repair storm outfall pipes damaged by Sandy. Estimated cost for addition outfall repairs is $200,000 and the sand for the dunes at $480,000. The cost for the dune rebuilding and additional outfall repairs will be 75 percent reimbursed by FEMA and 25 percent funded by the city.

The City will write an additional contract for sand fence installation and dune grass planting. Volunteers will be recruited to assist with the planting.

The Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District, is responsible for the contract and construction management of the project.

People may watch the operation from a safe distance behind established safety fence/tape boundaries during daylight. The project site is dangerous at night and spectators are strongly advised to stay away.

As has been the custom in the past, the city will present honorary Sea Shore Sand Supervisors Certificates to those who watch the operation. The Certificates will feature a photo of the dredge and verify that “the holder has spent at least five minutes watching Ocean City’s massive beach replenishment project from the Boardwalk or suitable safe location.”                                                                  

The certificates will be available at the Public Relations Office, 2nd Floor of City Hall or by calling (609) 525-9300.

— News release from the City of Ocean City

Southend Citizen February 13, 2013 at 11:39 AM
Of course, the news release makes no mention of the South End. The city has absolutely no expectation that it will get done. Stalls and evasive hypotheticals is all we've heard.
George February 13, 2013 at 12:02 PM
I saw the southend for the first time last weekend, and it is aweful. Surfers will like it as you can surf right up to your car when your done for the day. for boaters using the inlet, I hope they make a nice deep and wide channel during this off season as the inlet became very dangerous to navigate the last two years with several sinkings and groundings to prove the point..
Steve Glaspey February 13, 2013 at 01:25 PM
I wonder if it sheer coincidence that the Mayor lives on the North end of the island. I think that we should draft Monahan for our next Mayor. He seems to be the only that speaks for the South end residents.
Pat McCaffrey February 13, 2013 at 01:26 PM
We should be more concerned about replenishing the south end beaches than distributing certificates?
schmidtr February 13, 2013 at 01:29 PM
Mother Nature, as a result of Sandy and years of neglect, now has a clear path to devastate the South End, but she'll never take this path - right???? Is continued neglect the appropriate choice?
Woodie February 13, 2013 at 01:40 PM
it will be a long time before any action takes place in the south end. while the city has a large sand pile in what use to be the corsons/59th street parking area that pile is getting smaller by the day it appears to be used, filtered, (a good thing) and trucked to areas that need additional height to the missing dune line. daily there are dozers pushing sand from the low tide area to "make very small dunes" in the area that was washed thru from 50th south....the 59th street groin is completely visable right to central ave and the state park appears very damaged with alot of dunes gone. with the storm forecast of last weekend we were saved with the winds shifting to the west sooner, although many streets remained flooded on Saturday in the usual areas from bay flooding the beachfront did not sustain further ocean breaching the fragile "dune line" something need to be done for the deep south end 50th to 59th yes the tourists will be here this season & possibly in greater numbers because of the damage to northern shore towns. the tourists will be expecting a beach(after paying for a beach tag) to have to stake out thier claim to the very narrow or non existant at the time of high tide and this may be the last time that the "new" vacationer will come to OC....we need action & we need it now....there is only one first impression!
Woodie February 13, 2013 at 01:40 PM
it will be a long time before any action takes place in the south end. while the city has a large sand pile in what use to be the corsons/59th street parking area that pile is getting smaller by the day it appears to be used, filtered, (a good thing) and trucked to areas that need additional height to the missing dune line. daily there are dozers pushing sand from the low tide area to "make very small dunes" in the area that was washed thru from 50th south....the 59th street groin is completely visable right to central ave and the state park appears very damaged with alot of dunes gone. with the storm forecast of last weekend we were saved with the winds shifting to the west sooner, although many streets remained flooded on Saturday in the usual areas from bay flooding the beachfront did not sustain further ocean breaching the fragile "dune line" something need to be done for the deep south end 50th to 59th yes the tourists will be here this season & possibly in greater numbers because of the damage to northern shore towns. the tourists will be expecting a beach(after paying for a beach tag) to have to stake out thier claim to the very narrow or non existant at the time of high tide and this may be the last time that the "new" vacationer will come to OC....we need action & we need it now....there is only one first impression!
Not what it use to be February 13, 2013 at 01:52 PM
this sand should be from 34th south move the project its criminal neglect of property owners in the south end
Not what it use to be February 13, 2013 at 01:55 PM
The only major capital project in the south end of the island in the last 40 years was to turn the dump into a sewer plant. The sewer plant was moved from the north end to the south. They pumped sand once. I think a class action suit by all of the beachfront property owners in the southend is needed. There has to be a few Lawyers in that group.
Jake the snake February 13, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Ocean city caste system in full effect, south end residents are third class citizens yet again
Gsieri Builders February 13, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Good Morning neighbors from G. Sieri Builders we are going to spend time at the FEMA center today at the public library and catch up on recent activity. We encourage homeowners to petition for Grants on raising there homes and for demolition to rebuild. The more people that petition better the chances for Grant money to be spread around to those of us that needed. Stay strong lets get our community back up and running on all cylinders.
Not what it use to be February 13, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Ok who do we petition
Gsieri Builders February 13, 2013 at 03:26 PM
City Hall in OC they will direct you
EXiT REALTY OCEAN CITY February 13, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Glad to see the Beach is on its way!!
Southend Citizen February 13, 2013 at 03:47 PM
glwood 57: I agree about first impressions. I can also tell you first hand that long time renters in the South End are already backing away because they know there was nearly no beach last year and it will be worse this year. This is bad for the whole island's cash registers. Last year an OCBP ATV had trouble gettting to a seizure victim and it'll be even worse this year. I manage 3 Noth End properties and after an initial burst from people who normally go to LBI it's definitely slowed. The S.E. renters are taking a wait and see approach, but we'll lose them fast. Everyone can read Patch and Shorenews Today. It hurts the whole city!
Robert Uyehara February 13, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Pumping sand is only a short term fix, not a solution. The real problem is that the jetties need to be removed and relaid parallel to the coast creating a more substantial reef. The current placement of the jetties increases beach erosion. Until we have a reef that can protect the beach, we will need to pump send, north and south, every few years.
wjs February 13, 2013 at 06:32 PM
I can't wait until I can proudly display my Sea Shore Sand Supervisors Certificate, as I sit on my beach chair in the middle of the street. Yes, I live in the Southend, and yes, sarcasm has crept in. I guess the only way a Southender can get near a dredge is to go to the Northend and have your picture taken with it. I have learned a great deal about politics and government the past few months- what I most learned is that it is not always what we, the tax payer want or need that matters, but more so, the need to continue bureaucracy . I could bring a group of elementary school children to tour our beaches and they would be able to tell us which ones are in jeopardy.
Lynn February 13, 2013 at 06:59 PM
The southend has been neglected because there are many 2nd homeowners (who are held in disdain in this town - not to mention - no vote.) There are no locals with any clout and this has gone on for years now. They wanted to take the protective wetlands for a bike path - where? The south end, of course. The only time the south end has gotten any attention is when people from the north end wanted the wetlands in the south end. There have been no applications for permits for south end sand. Take our taxes and give us nothing - don't fix the streets, or the drainage problems. Just use our taxes to replenish the north end beaches and gussy it up for the tourist dollar.
Wyatt February 13, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Well said. Wonder what the "real" residents will do in a few years when the southend shoobie tax $ dry up because there will be no worthwhile property there.
JM February 14, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Robert Uyehara, the problem is that we built too close to the beach. Parallel jetties will create a lagoon. Stagnant bodies of water with no wave action for the kiddo's to belly board in.
JM February 14, 2013 at 10:06 PM
you've got alot more sand than the northend beaches. You live in an area that almost never erodes, be thankful for that.
JM February 14, 2013 at 10:07 PM
He lives on Spruce Rd, by the bay... hardly the north end
JM February 14, 2013 at 10:09 PM
The south end will get sand, just not in this project. Relax. This is an deal with the state for every 4 years in the same places.
wjs February 14, 2013 at 11:11 PM
JM, with all due respect, the deep southend does not have beaches or dunes. beaches were significantly eroded prior to the storm. i suggest you stop telling those who live beachfront from 50-57th street to relax. during sandy, the ocean went through, around and under the homes there. read the stockton college post sandy report. by the way, 56th street in ocean city lost more sand from sandy than any other beach that is studied by stockton in cape may county. i especially like the term you used, "deal". quite a deal. we all live in OC. we need to all be united and take care of this entire island. one portion of it should not be left out to fend for itself.
JM February 14, 2013 at 11:38 PM
all I'm saying is that this project is an ongoing one.... scheduled replenishments from street X to street Y.... THIS project will likely not included you. You will get to have your own! I'm sure the state will subsidize yours as well. So "relax" a little. And to those of you wanting to sue Ocean City, you may want to instead take it up with the State. After all, NJ are the ones funding the bulk of it.
Glenn Klotz February 16, 2013 at 02:16 PM
I get a laugh when I read people using the term the beaches got damaged. Ocean City has the most replenished ( artificial beach) in America. The sad truth is Ocean City isn't even a true barrier Island, it's a barrier beach ( Peck's beach) and is mostly at sea level. Good luck staying a float in the warming rising sea levels of the 21st. century. Ocean City and LBI are going under the waves up ahead, no matter how much sand you pump on your rapidly eroding artificial beaches.
Mike February 17, 2013 at 06:09 PM
How is the sand on the 30-35th st beach's? just booked Aug 6th week

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