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Seaside Heights to Create ‘Living Shoreline,’ Rebuild Bayfront Barrier

Seaside Heights will bulk up its south bayfront area with a “living shoreline” project which will serve to better protect the bayside from erosion, eliminate the deteriorating concrete bulkhead, and improve both the aesthetics and the environment.

The plan has been under consideration for several years, said Borough Administrator Christopher Vaz, with officials recently receiving approvals and permits from the state to move forward with the protection project. The borough council on Wednesday voted in favor of moving forward with the project, and it is expected to be completed before the end of year so as to comply with regulations barring construction during winter flounder spawning season.

The site is located near the Dock Outfitters property, which is owned by the borough and leased to a private business owner. It will consist of a 120 linear foot “planted revetment” living shoreline, which will be constructed with rip-rap fill and filter fabric to support the required revetment stones.

A living shoreline project in North Carolina. (Photo: NOAA Fisheries)

A living shoreline project in North Carolina. (Photo: NOAA Fisheries)

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Clean sand and topsoil material required for plantings will then be placed within the revetment stones and along the crest of the revetment.

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