According to the Army Corps of Engineers and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, the entire length of Long Beach Island will receive the benefits of a massive beach replenishment project that will start in the spring of 2014.
“When the Army Corps of Engineers is ready to bring in their equipment and mobilize their gear, we will be ready and have the easements. We hope to convince people to do something for the public benefit, but the Governor has made it clear that will take whatever steps are needed to obtain the easements. When the Army is ready, we will be ready,” said Larry Ragonese, Press Director of the NJ DEP. The Army Corp is not responsible for obtaining the easements, but designs and oversees replenishment projects using DEP guidelines. Towns and states are responsible to obtain the easements from oceanfront property owners that allow the federal government to have access to that portion of the dune where the work will be done. On LBI the dunes will be built up to a 22 foot height from the offshore dredging of sand and the Army Corp will make sure other requirements are met as outlined in the Long Beach Island Shore Protection Project that was authorized by Congress more than seven years ago. The project extends from the north boarder of Loveladies all the way to the southern tip of Long Beach Island. We’ve been very fortunate not to have another major storm this hurricane season and LBI as well as other NJ beaches should be prepared when the next hurricane season rolls around.