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Sea Bright Sea Wall Project Hits Delay

SEA BRIGHT: The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's sea wall construction project has been delayed, but a temporary fix is still in the works for the borough.

Mayor Dina Long said during the April 16 Sea Bright Council workshop meeting that that project has been delayed 9-12 months due to federally-regulated "additional environmental reviews" that must be completed before construction can begin. The project was originally scheduled to begin as early as this fall.

There's still a commitment to do the project and to keep moving forward on designing the project, however it's going to come to fruition a lot later than we thought," Long said.

In the interim, the DEP will construct a steel sheet pile wall in the downtown area where there is a gap in the current sea wall. That was the first area that the DEP was going to build a new sea wall as it poses the greatest risk for flood damage in the borough.

"They are going to do a temporary fix until the sea wall is constructed," Long said.

The steel wall was one of two options given to the borough with the other being a geotube, which is a large structure that can also be used to protect the shore. Long said the state's preference was to build the steel wall as the rocks for the sea wall can be built around it.

A walkover will be at the steel wall to allow people to access the beach.

The borough will incur no cost on the construction of the sea wall.

The sea wall will also not interfere with the construction of the forthcoming beachfront community center which will be built in the same area by 2017. That project recently received CAFRA approval.

Long said the sea wall is expected to be built "before the next storm season."



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