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Federal Help Sought as Blocks-Long Tidal Pool Plagues Lavallette

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A tidal pool in Lavallette, July 25, 2017. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
A tidal pool in Lavallette, July 25, 2017. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

A tidal pool that stretches for five blocks and grows to six feet in depth at high tide has become too large for Lavallette borough officials to manage, spurring Mayor Walter LaCicero to seek assistance from the federal government.

The tidal pools appeared after sand began spreading to the southern end of Lavallette following the emergency beach replenishment project that was completed earlier this summer in neighboring Ortley Beach. The borough received a single-day permit from the state Department of Environmental Protection to use a front loader to fill in the tidal pool earlier this month, but the pool reappeared longer and deeper than before afterward.

A tidal pool in Lavallette, July 25, 2017. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
A tidal pool in Lavallette, July 25, 2017. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
A tidal pool in Lavallette, July 25, 2017. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
A tidal pool in Lavallette, July 25, 2017. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

“I’ve requested help from our representative in Congress, Tom MacArthur,” said LaCicero on Tuesday afternoon, as beachgoers in the southern portion of the town were seen traversing the tidal pool to get to and from the guarded beach. “We need bulldozers to move the sand and fill it in. There are three in Mantoloking and there are some at the Joint Base.”

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LaCicero was turning to the federal government for help since the beach replenishment project is federally-funded and contracted. Mantoloking received three surplus bulldozers from the U.S. Army after Superstorm Sandy that can be seen parked at the Herbert Street beachfront.

A tidal pool in Lavallette, July 25, 2017. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
A tidal pool in Lavallette, July 25, 2017. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
A tidal pool in Lavallette, July 25, 2017. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
A tidal pool in Lavallette, July 25, 2017. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

LaCicero said the state has now granted Lavallette a permanent emergency permit to move sand to fill in the pool, but resources remain an issue.

“My guys can do it, but we just need the equipment,” said LaCicero.

In the mean time, portions of the tidal pool are blocked off by ropes and red flags.

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  • Coreen DiLea

    Where will they get the sand to fill in the pool? It’s amazing how large it has grown in the past few weeks- interesting to see but dangerous for anyone walking by.Could this be caused by the way the replishment was ended in Ortley—cut back on an angle letting water run in?

    • Joey Bagadonuts

      If you see that big hump that stops the water from receding, then you see where the sand will come from.

  • Mac

    The Jersey Shore, Mother Nature’s never-ending comedy hour.

    Calling on Tom MacArthur for help will get you nothing but a standardized email telling you how personal your problem is to him and his family, but don’t expect more unless you are in the market for an overpriced health insurance plan that will reimburse you for every third bandage you use, providing it’s properly witnessed and documented.