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Berkeley Wants State, Army Corps To Include Island Beach State Park In Dune Restoration Project

Township officials say sections of South Seaside Park and Bayville flooded needlessly during Superstorm Sandy because of breaches at park

 

The catastrophic damage in Bayville, Pelican Island and South Seaside Park during Superstorm Sandy could have been avoided if Island Beach State Park had an intact dune system, township officials say.

The Township Council passed a resolution at a special meeting last night calling on the state and the Army Corps of Engineers to include Island Beach in its dune restoration project.

"This is big," Township Council President James J. Byrnes said. "There are sections that are missing dunes that would impact the Bayville section."

Portions of South Seaside Park, Glen Cove, Good Luck Point and Toms River Shores were swamped by Sandy's storm surge on Oct. 29.

Some of the damage could have been avoided if dunes had been in place in certain areas of Island Beach, especially along Two-Bit Road in the northern section of the park, officials have said.

"...various Township officials and residents have witnessed the destruction caused to the Township due to the lack of dunes at Island Beach State Park," the resolution states.

The state has partnered with the Army Corps of Engineers in a storm damage reduction project from the Manasquan Inlet to the Barnegat Inlet. But Island Beach has been excluded from the plan, Mayor Carmen F. Amato Jr. said.

Council members also unanimously approved the introduction of an ordinance that grants easements to the state for all township-owned beaches in South Seaside Park for the dune project.

"The state is really pushing to get these easements approved and that's why we are pushing this tonight," Amato said.

Berkeley Township has been advised that the project will be 100 percent funded by state and federal resources.

Residents who own oceanfront property will be asked to sign dedication deeds and "perpetual storm damage reduction easements," so the dune project can begin without delay, Amato has said.

"The USACE project, once completed, will provide long-term stability and peace of mind to all of the residents on the barrier island," he said on the township website. "The time has long since past when property owners can ignore the ongoing threat from storms. The entire barrier island and bay front properties are at risk until this work is completed."

Pamela Brown ♥ April 03, 2013 at 12:39 AM
I will call Forked River's Administrator and see if they can also have our Township Council pass a similar resolution calling on the state and the Army Corps of Engineers to include Island Beach in its dune restoration project.
UseYour Brains April 03, 2013 at 02:19 PM
Amazing. A look at the aerial photo's from just after the storm clearly show the natural dunes in IBSP saved mainland towns from even more destruction. Just plain sand will do little once another nor'easter hits, it will just be washed away. Folks should consider helping to restore those dunes that were damaged by volunteering for the dune grass plantings that sustain the dunes and give the protection everyone is looking for. Just plain sand just won't cut it.
foggyworld April 03, 2013 at 04:38 PM
How nice of the Governor to take care of his summer mansion before the Storm hit. It's just the continued arrogance of power that is floating above this land but is especially heavy in New Jersey. Now his view will be blocked so this will be interesting to watch. There is just no point in going ahead with this project if that six mile narrow strip of a barrier island isn't included. And if it isn't, it will be fair to ask the Governor if he is once again taking care of himself at the expense of others. And who are the people running this expensive project and why in heaven's name did they omit that particular piece of State-owned land?
Favorite Teacher June 03, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Island Beach is NOT included in dunces project http://www.nap.usace.army.mil/Portals/39/docs/Civil/LBI/nj_de_coastal.png
Favorite Teacher June 04, 2013 at 12:20 AM
Island Beach is NOT included in dunes project http://www.nap.usace.army.mil/Portals/39/docs/Civil/LBI/nj_de_coastal.png

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