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Sea Bright Sea Wall Construction Should Begin in November

SEA BRIGHT: Work on one of the borough's most important recovery projects, the construction and repair of the sea wall, should begin by the fall.

Borough Administrator Joseph Verunni said the DEP, which is funding a portion of the project with its own money, wants to get the project moving.

"It appears that the DEP wants to get started on the sea wall... and they have a block of money they are dedicating to this project and they also have project work sheets like we do to FEMA for the entire project for some $38 million," Verunni said.

The first work will be the construction of a new sea wall in the downtown area of the borough to the east of the municipal parking lot. The area previously did not have a sea wall and was one of the hardest hit areas of Sea Bright.

Mayor Dina Long said the the new sea wall will connect with current municipal bulk head area and boardwalk.

The DEP will fund the engineering for this portion of the sea wall project and then it will be a 90/10 breakout for the balance of the project. Engineering for the project is close to $1 million and the new construction portion will be about $500,000, which will be funded 100 percent by the state. The borough will only have to pay $50,000 of the remaining $500,000 in engineering costs.

"A fair price for a brand new sea wall," Verunni said.

The DEP will perform the remainder of Sea Wall repairs following the new construction in the downtown area, which is expected to begin in November.

"The DEP is committed to finishing this project and eventually once the public project work sheets are completed they are going to rehabilitate the balance of the sea wall in all sections of Sea Bright as well as Monmouth Beach," Verunni said.

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