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Beach Replenishment to Begin in Ortley Beach in April, Schedule for All Towns Released


A temporary dune in Ortley Beach decimated by the Jan. 23 nor'easter. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
A temporary dune in Ortley Beach decimated by the Jan. 23 nor’easter. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

A long-awaited, island-wide beach and dune replenishment project will begin in Ortley Beach and kick off next month, officials announced Friday.

The project contractor, Weeks Marine, will start pumping sand in Ortley Beach in mid-April, marking the start of work on northern Ocean County’s beaches, hammered by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting a $128 million project to build beaches and dunes in northern Ocean County.

“We are particularly pleased that work is beginning in Ortley Beach, which sustained such extensive property damage because it did not have a properly engineered beach and dune system when Superstorm Sandy struck,” said state Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin.


Ortley Beach will receive approximately 267,000 cubic yards of sand, creating an approximately 225-foot-wide beach over the course of two weeks next month. Weeks will work in 1,000-foot-wide sections of beaches at a time to minimize impacts to residents and visitors.

Crews work on a beach and dune replenishment project in Long Beach Township, Oct. 15, 2015. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Crews work on a beach and dune replenishment project in Long Beach Township, Oct. 15, 2015. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

After the initial work in Ortley Beach is completed, crews will move to other areas, then return to finish the project as a whole in October.

“Today’s announcement by the DEP is welcome news to the residents and businesses in Toms River that they will be protected from future storms,” said Toms River Mayor Thomas F. Kelaher. “On numerous occasions the township has had to bring in extra sand following major nor’easters. I am very gratified that the DEP recognizes the dire condition of the dunes in Ortley Beach and will accelerate the restoration of sand on a temporary basis until the full project can be completed. We thank the DEP and Commissioner Martin for their support to our town.”

Weeks Marine was recently awarded contracts for both the Absecon Island and northern Ocean County storm damage reduction projects, with scheduling based on the availability of dredges.

The Cranford-based company will utilize multiple-suction hopper dredges, which are ships that pull up large volumes of sand from offshore before maneuvering closer to the beach for pumping onto beaches. They will also use a cutter-head dredge, which is a large barge that sits offshore and pumps sand continuously onto the beach by way of a pipeline.

Weeks will work in 1,000-foot-wide sections of beaches at a time to minimize impacts to residents and visitors.

Another open question on replenishment is also solved. The project will not hamper the busy tourist season along the Seaside Heights boardwalk. Work there is set to take place in late September through October.

Lavallette will be the final town to receive the work – in spring 2018.

The full schedule for the project is as follows:

  • Mantoloking: Early July 2017 through September 2017
  • Seaside Heights: Late September 2017 through October 2017
  • Seaside Park: Late October 2017 through late December 2017
  • Ortley Beach (Completion): Mid-October 2017 to mid-December 2017
  • Brick: Winter 2018
  • Normandy Beach (Toms River): Winter 2018
  • Lavallette: Spring 2018
  • dadedude

    A total waste of time and money. The “sand” will wash away in a year or less. The”sand ” will not actually be sand – the ocean bottom is mud and that’s what will be pumped on shore. When it dries it will be gritty dust -nasty on windy days. Surfing and fishing will be destroyed. Enjoy your “free” gift from the Government.

    • Bruce Zabelski

      I guess you didn’t loose your house in Sandy! Or your Business did less then half the years after Sandy. One bad year of Surfing or Fishing we can live with.

      • dadedude

        My oceanfront Bay Head house was protected by a rock wall.Rocks work, sand pumping and steel walls do not. But no need for me to argue this, you will see for yourself.

        • Alan Browne

          Well there are no rocks so I’ll take what I can get for protection. This works down in the myrtle beach area where the beaches are much wider and dunes bigger. I can’t say losing good surfing is gonna hurt NJ and plenty of places to fish! And if you’ve been to lbi since they did this it’s not gritty dust at all, I didn’t even notice the difference. And I hope I don’t see this for myself , but hey thanks!

        • Mac

          Rocks and cement do seem to work best, but Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach have little to no beach as a result of such, and those areas still flood out completely. As for the steel wall, that idea was offered by a certified extortionist with a Governor Christie/Gilmore/AshBritt purchased license of greed needed to rape the public. Sand is what Ocean County is all about, and why its overpriced sand castles continue to regularly wash away under its steady barrage of pounding waves. I don’t have a problem with those using their money for arrogant purposes like building a sand castle on the beach, but I have a big problem with having to pay out of my pocket for their idiosyncrasies.

    • Goodgrief

      The ocean bottom is mud?????

      • Mac

        with a real fishy smell no less 🙂

        • Goodgrief

          Are you serious? I honestly thought offshore for a certain distance is sand.

          • Mac

            Frankly, I’ve never given it much thought. If someone had asked me before now what was at the bottom of the ocean, I would have answered sand, but I guess mud could work also. Personally, whether in NJ or elsewhere, I seldom, if ever, go into water where I’m unable to see my feet. It’s a habit my gut instincts soon developed after relocating to Ocean County a few decades ago. With all the fishy things I see in shore towns like the Seasides, I tend to shy away from all those fishy things and smells you feel and encounter in the flow of the NY harbor runoff that graces our shores 24/7/365.

          • Goodgrief

            As far out as I have ever been it has been sand.

  • Joe

    So what you’re opining is that the Army Corps of Engineers has no idea of what they are doing? Thowing good money after bad? Glad your BH house was protected, however, I’ll defer to the opinions of the experts at the AC of E to protect my house from future storms.

  • Mac

    Be it rocks or sand, Mother Nature will win. She has unlimited resources that money can’t buy, and her bewildered opponent is only human. No contest. One needs simply to look at maps showing the masses of land and underwater sand bars that were once in front of our barrier islands for the past couple of centuries to understand it’s just a matter of time and massive expense before Barnegat Bay is reclaimed by the ocean. To allow any rebuilding on land that should never have been built upon to begin with is both criminal and grossly lacking in the responsibility our elected leaders are charged with upholding.

  • Barry Dugac

    The island communities are slowly going under water. The ocean water is rising one inch
    per year on average. Take a look at pictures from 1960 to 2017. Beach replenishment will only lasted a short period of time. Sand dunes are destroyed by real severe storm s.
    The storm of 1812 closed up Cranberry inlet located at the northern part of Seaside Heights. The State Of New Jersey is going to needed Billions of dollars to keep these beaches replenished. Remember its you the tax payer who is paying for this to be done.