SEA BRIGHT: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has allocated over $28 million to fix the seawall in Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach.
Earlier this week, U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, and Congressman Frank Pallone (NJ-06) announced the awarding of a $28.3 million Sandy relief grant through FEMA to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to make the repairs. The funding represents a reimbursement for 90 percent of the total cost of the project.
"The seawall in Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach is the first line of defense against Mother Nature for these communities, protecting them from potential devastation caused by severe flooding," Sen. Menendez said in a release. "This federal funding will help ensure the seawall is rebuilt to safeguard residents and property from more prevalent and powerful Nor'easters and Atlantic storms threatening the Jersey Shore."
Areas of the seawall what were damaged by Hurricane Sandy will be repaired in both boroughs and a new seawall will be constructed in the downtown area of Sea Bright to the east of the municipal parking lot. This area never had a seawall and subsequently was one of the parts of the borough hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy.
Borough Engineer Jacki Flor said a temporary sea wall, which will be a steel wall, will be placed in this area on an interim basis. Its cost will be fully paid by state funding and a bid is expected to be awarded in December.
Flor said at the Nov. 16 Sea Bright Council meeting that the hope is to have the entire Monmouth Beach/Sea Bright sea wall project out to bid by February.