Beach replenishment crews are busy this week pumping sand onto beaches in the island’s South Seaside Park section, a portion of Berkeley Township, with work currently centered in the Midway Beach community.
On Tuesday, the project was placed on temporary standby as weather conditions deteriorated and some equipment needed repair, but officials expect the work to be completed next week. This portion of the project, the shortest in terms of time, is aimed at expanding existing dunes rather than completely replacing or rebuilding them, and enlarging the beach berm by about 200-feet. Midway Beach, a private homeowners association, has historically had among the most formidable dunes on the island thanks to the investment of its residents and years-long volunteer efforts.
State officials said Tuesday that some of the sand from the South Seaside Park portion of the project could drift toward Island Beach State Park, even though the park itself is not being replenished.
“The main fill project ends at the Island Beach State Park boundary, but the beach will taper into the park approximately 900 feet,” officials said in a statement.