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Takanassee Beach May Not Open This Summer Due To Construction

LONG BRANCH: Between repair work and new construction at the site, Takanassee Beach may not be open to the public this year.

Long Branch Business Administrator Howard Woolley said the status of the beach is currently "in question" for the 2015 summer season.

The city bonded over $250,000 to make repairs to the spillway at Lake Takanassee to the east of Ocean Avenue. The repairs include excavating sediment deposit, repairing the coffer dam spillway, cleaning the spillway pipe and flume and fixing the the area where the the lake was breached allowing water to flow onto Takanassee Beach. The city expects a large portion of the cost for the repairs to be reimbursed by FEMA since the damage was caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

The repair work began on Feb. 9 and is expected to be completed by Aug. 10, according to a notice on the city's web site.

Woolley said the city is working with the owner of the property to coordinate the repairs while he also prepares to develop the site.

Last year, the Long Branch Planning Board unanimously approved a plan presented by Takanassee Developers LLC to build five single family homes and eight duplex-style condos located in a single building on the site, which is currently vacant.

The homes will be located parallel to the ocean and the 4-story condominium building will be located along the north bank of Lake Takanassee off Ocean Avenue.

CAFRA is also requiring the developer to create dunes between the homes and the beach and to maintain an access path from Ocean Avenue to the beach, which will remain open to the public. The concrete access path will be located along the northern portion of the property and there will also be five public parking spaces near the entrance of the site.

However, that path will not be ready for this summer and the ongoing construction will limit access to the site this summer, Woolley said.

The beach, if opened this summer, could also have lifeguards stationed there.

The city began staffing the beach with lifeguards after the Fourth of July weekend in 2014 due to safety concerns because of an impending offshore hurricane. The guards remained for the remainder of the season and actually had to save a few people according to Long Branch Emergency Management Coordinator Stanley Dziuba.

If lifeguards are stationed there, the city will likely require its patrons to buy beach badges to access the beach.

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