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Residents Won't Pay A Penny For South Seaside Park Dune Replenishment Project

Funding will come from state and federal sources; property owners will need to sign easements, mayor says

The Army Corps of Engineers will handle the dune replenishment project for South Seaside Park, at no cost to Berkeley taxpayers, Mayor Carmen F. Amato Jr. said.

"We will continue to install dune grass and install additional snow fencing to keep fortifying our dunes," Amato said. "It's critical, now more than ever, we keep our dune protection system maintained until the Army Corps of Engineers will begin their project."

Amato met recently with state Department of Environmental Protection representatives to discuss the South Seaside Park dune replenishment project.

"Since the damage from Superstorm Sandy and the two Nor’easter storms that have occurred since,  Berkeley Township has been advised that the project will be 100 percent funded by state and federal resources," the townships website states. "The beach replenishment program will fall under the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) program."

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 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. "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."

The township will continue to press state officials to build up dunes in certain sections of Island Beach State Park, especially in the northern end where a large breach occurred.

"If a dune system was in place in those areas, it could have prevented the flooding that occurred in the bay and lagoon sections of Bayville," Amato said.

Amato, Township Council President James J. Byrnes, employees from the township's parks and recreation department and the O.C.E.A.N. Club from Central Regional High School spent a day earlier in the week planting over 5,000 dune grass plants in South Seaside Park.

"This is part of our ongoing dune replenishment program," Amato said "To date, we have picked up the sand along the roadways in South Seaside Park, sifted it and reinstalled it on the dunes.  We have installed over a 1,000 feet of snow fencing."

To view the Army Corps of Engineers beach replenishment proposal, click here: .Army Corps of Engineers Project Proposal

Dave March 23, 2013 at 11:44 PM
If you pay taxes you are paying for to fix the beaches. Where do you people think the money from the ACE comes from?
Martin March 24, 2013 at 12:12 PM
Berkeley people should go to PROTEST RALLY TODAY 12 noon to 2 PM at Brick Municipal Complex. Answers to your questions about correcting Ocean County flood zone maps, moderating the extravagant home elevation requirements, alleviating the exorbitant annual insurance costs, and amending the 2012 Biggert-Waters Act that empowers FEMA to bail out its Katrina debt with NJ property owners' money. The Brick mayor, Stop FEMA Now founder George Kasimos and others will speak, but will also listen to your concerns about the obstacles and hardships in restoring the Shore. Bring a friend. Our voices will be heard from Trenton to Washington! Info at StopFemaNow.com and Facebook.com/StopFemaNow
foggyworld March 24, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Taxpayers, Mr. Mayor, put those funds at the federal, state, county and local levels of government and we in NJ who only get back $1 for every $1.68 we send the federal government, ARE in fact paying for every bit of those boardwalks and dunes. Now if only some of that money could trickle down to the residents who are as in need today as they were five months ago. We have paid and paid and paid. Nothing at all has been free on this ride.
foggyworld March 24, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Please Berkeley residents join with these folks. I realized many of our neighbors have been displaced but if you can get to Brick today it would help to visually express the things you are all saying.
C D March 25, 2013 at 04:37 AM
Thank you to the Central Regional OCEAN Club teenagers for being out in the cold on the beach planting over 5,000 Dune Grass Plants. Your hard work was very much appreciated and should be commended !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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