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  1. I also heard it was undercut and starting to fall apart in places. Plus the sea wall prevented new beach from forming naturally.
  2. Once you get a couple houses back from the beach almost all storm damage is done by flooding from backbays and rivers or even wind damage. Ocean beach sand does nothing to prevent that. But everyone in a coastal town gains from the property taxes paid by beachfront houses. So keeping them from falling into the ocean helps them financially at public expense, One of the reasons coastal towns have the lowest relative tax rates statewide. For other taxpayers its a scam.
  3. I'm not exactly sure what you are asking. The local town only pays 9% of the project cost, so that would be $2.7 million of $30 million. Divide that by 5 years reduces it to $540 k per year, You would have to look at just the taxes paid by beachfront proprty since that's all the sand really protects. But typically the towns make a lot of money on these deals.And the mansion landowners are hugely benefited at almost no cost. If a wider beach increases the property value of a $7 million summer home just 10% that's not a small amount.
  4. Honestly, the definitions are close enough that either one fits. Most people in NJ know them as jetties so I stick with that. A jetty is built perpendicular to the shore, usually at inlets, and extends out into the water. It blocks the current moving down the beach, called the longshore drift, and holds sand in place and prevents the end of the island from washing away and the channel through the inlet from filling with sand. Typically, jetties are concrete or rock structures built at inlets and channels in order to maintain channels for shipping and navigation. A groin is built perpendicular to the coast and works similar to the way a jetty works. But groins are usually smaller than jetties and built on straight stretches of beach, not near inlets or channels.
  5. And the beachfront homes are at least double that.
  6. From the Philadelphia Inquirer: Nearly $30M beach project to start soon for Avalon and Stone Harbor In all, a contractor will pump 695,000 cubic yards of sand from the ocean to the beaches. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District announced this week that it will begin a $28.8 million beach replenishment project over the winter for Avalon and Stone Harbor.U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by Frank Kummer The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District announced this week that it will begin a $28.8 million beach replenishment project over the winter for Avalon and Stone Harbor to protect the Shore towns from future storms. In all, a contractor plans to pump 695,000 cubic yards of sand from the ocean to the beaches. The work will be carried out by the Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. of Oak Brook, Ill., for “periodic nourishment.” The company plans to dredge sand from Townsends Inlet, then pump it through pipes to the beaches. The sand will be graded into dunes and berms to reduce damage from storms. In Avalon, crews would place 231,000 cubic yards of sand from Ninth to 18th Street. However, the amount of sand could increase if needed. In Stone Harbor, crews would place 464,000 cubic yards of sand from 90th to 123rd Streets, and that amount could also increase. “This work helps maintain the dune and berm system in Avalon and Stone Harbor, which reduces the risk of storm damages to infrastructure,” said Stephen Rochette, a spokesman for the Army Corps. The Army Corps, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Avalon, and Stone Harbor are partners in the project. The federal government is covering 65% if the cost, the state about 26% and municipalities about 9%. Both of the Shore communities are among the wealthiest along the southern portion of New Jersey’s coast. For example, Avalon was ranked as the most expensive zip code in South Jersey in 2021 and one of the top 100 most expensive zip codes in the U.S., according to a recent Inquirer story. It’s average home values surpasses $3.4 million. And the average sales price of single-family homes in 2022 year-to-date is over $4 million. Not everyone is happy about the project, saying it amounts to federal dollars being used for the benefit of the wealthy and part of spiraling costs as a bulwark against climate change. “It’s time we faced facts,” said Ross Kushner of the New Jersey Coastal Alliance. “The sea level is rising. Public funds are limited. Most damage from coastal storms is caused by flooding and storm surges in back bays and rivers. Piling more and more sand on the beaches of the uber-rich can never correct that. How we address these problems needs to make sense.” Work is expected to begin in February or early March. In some areas, existing dunes will be repaired. But most of the work will include widening beaches between the dune and the water line. The project is part of the larger Townsends Inlet to Cape May Inlet Coastal Storm Risk Management Project. That project includes work on the Townsends Inlet seawall in Avalon and the Hereford Inlet seawall in North Wildwood. Beach projects are a sore point in neighboring North Wildwood, where the town is in a legal battle with the DEP. North Wildwood is suing the DEP for $21 million to recoup what it says is money it has spent fighting beach erosion the last decade because the state hasn’t yet started a large replenishment project as part of the federal work. That complex project includes Wildwood, West Wildwood, Wildwood Crest, and Diamond Beach (part of Lower Township). Meanwhile, the DEP sued North Wildwood in December, seeking to stop it from buttressing its dune system with what the state calls an illegal 400-foot steel bulkhead the Shore community plans to install after fall storms caused beach erosion. A hearing is set for Feb. 1.
  7. As I understand it, the problem with seawalls is that when waves start pounding on them they eventually undermine the wall and it collapses. Especially in storms. So, you need to build a big sand beach to protect the wall. Once you do that, you have to wonder what the purpose of the wall was. Also, they keep talking about protecting a tourism economy. Waves smashing on a wall is not exactly the tourist opportunity most people want.
  8. The trouble is, nobody has determined what is meant by "sufficient". Is two-hour parking OK? Parking from 10AM to 4PM? Metered parking? $1 per hour? $10 per hour? Until someone fights this battle in a courtroom the towns do whatever they want.
  9. The Army Corps hard at work saving the NJ shore.
  10. You missed it - $32,000,000 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for beach replenishment on Long Beach Island
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  12. Press release: Booker Secures Funding for Critical New Jersey Projects in Major Government Funding Bill $166.2 million includes funding for water and transit infrastructure, affordable housing, and health initiatives, among other vital projects DECEMBER 22, 2022 NEWARK, N.J. – Today, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) announced millions of dollars in federal funding for critical New Jersey programs, projects, and priorities he worked to secure were included in the $1.7 trillion Fiscal Year 2023 government funding bill. “From upgrading our vital infrastructure to increasing access to affordable housing, to creating and expanding health programs that promote mental health care and combat the opioid crisis, the projects funded in this bill will provide major benefits to communities across New Jersey,” said Senator Booker. “These vital projects will create jobs, stimulate economic activity, and keep New Jersey families healthy and safe. I am proud to have fought to ensure this funding was included and am grateful for the organizations, community leaders, and elected officials who are working tirelessly to advance these critical initiatives. As these projects all across our state move forward, I’m excited to see the positive impact they will have on the quality of life of New Jerseyans.” Senator Booker, alongside Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), were able to secure tens of millions of dollars for key community projects in cities and townships across New Jersey including Newark, Passaic, Bayonne, Paterson, Lakewood, Clayton, Cape May and Mount Holly; and for countywide projects in Burlington County, Union County and Hudson County, just to name a few. In total, Booker secured $166.2 million in funding for 130 essential New Jersey projects and programs, detailed in the table below. Funding highlights include: $3,452,973 for the Town of Parsippany-Troy Hills for the Pump Station No. 4 Sanitary Sewer Redirection Project $2,347,000 for Keyport Borough for Water Main Replacement and Upgrade Project $1,200,000 for Union City Police Department’s Digital Trunked Radio System Replacement $1,000,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson & Union Counties for mentoring and student support $32,000,000 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for beach replenishment on Long Beach Island $10,000,000 for the City of North Wildwood to extend the seawall in North Wildwood $3,550,000 for the City of Newark for the Lincoln Park restoration project $3,000,000 for the South Jersey Transportation Authority for its Atlantic City International Airport (ACY) Cargo Taxiway Project $1,333,000 for the Town of Newton for First Response Communications Equipment $1,000,000 for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark for Cooperman Family Arts Education and Community Center Construction $3,452,972 for the Willingboro Municipal Utilities Authority for the Well 5A PFOS Treatment System Upgrade $1,000,000 for the Inspira Health Network for the Cumberland County NJ Youth Violence Cessation Initiative $600,000 for the City of Cape May to expand its Drinking Water Treatment Plant $445,000 for the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault for its Accessibility Capacity Building Project $1,000,000 for the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence for services for domestic violence survivors and their families and its Legal Representation Project $1,404,800 for the Rutgers University-Camden Community Partnership Centers for community and partnership centers $2,170,000 for the City of Elizabeth for Replacement of Known Lead Service Lines The bill also included a number of legislative changes championed by Senator Booker: making permanent the option that states can provide 12 months of continuous Medicaid or CHIP coverage during postpartum, an effort Senator Booker has called for in his MOMMIES Act and temporarily secured in the American Rescue Plan; the reauthorization of the Alternative to Opioids in Emergency Departments Reauthorization Act, a Booker bill that establishes a grant program for developing and implementing alternatives to opioids for pain management in hospitals and emergency departments; Senator Booker’s Enslaved Voyages Memorial Act, which authorizes the establishment of a memorial in Washington, DC to honor enslaved persons who were forcibly transported across the Atlantic; Senator Booker’s bipartisan Emergency Savings Act, legislation to help Americans save for unexpected expenses through workplace emergency savings accounts; an additional $50 million for community violence intervention efforts; Booker’s bipartisan FDA Modernization Act that would end the outdated requirement that experimental drugs be tested on animals, instead allowing for non-animal testing when appropriate; a modified version of Senator Booker’s Right Whale Coexistence Act to establish a new federal grant program to protect the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale; and additional funding for Small Business Administration to support entrepreneurship.
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  14. I have to disagree with you on that, at least partially. It does protect the beachfront homes from oceanside damage, but only the first one or two. The widespread damage we see with big storms is flooding from other sources or even damage from wind. Better beaches for tourism are not a consideration. Pallone admits that in his speech. Of course a little later he starts talking about all the benefits to public beaches, because, well, he's a politician and that's what they do. Lie!
  15. That's because most of the flooding always comes from rivers, bays and estuaries, not the ocean. Piling sand on a beach does nothing to prevent it.