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Ortley Beach’s First Round of Beach Replenishment Delayed Again

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Work continues to rebuild protective berms in Ortley Beach following a nor'easter, Feb. 2, 2017. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Work continues to rebuild protective berms in Ortley Beach following a nor’easter, Feb. 2, 2017. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

An initial round of beachfill in Ortley Beach has been delayed for a second time, Shorebeat has learned.

The project was initially supposed to begin in late April, but then was delayed until May 14. Now, the project has been delayed even longer.

“The current estimate is work could start on or about May 25,” Stephen Rochette, spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District.

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That means the work, conceivably, could be taking place during the Memorial Day weekend holiday. The delay has reportedly been due to a similar, ongoing project in Florida that is taking longer than expected.

Orltey Beach is receiving an initialĀ 267,000 cubic yards of sand, creating an approximately 225-foot-wide beach over the course of two weeks. Technically, the work is being completed before the larger, island-wide replenishment project begins due to the dire state of Ortley Beach’s dune system.

Weeks Marine, the contractor on the job, will work in 1,000-foot-wide sections of beaches at a time to minimize impacts to residents and visitors, officials have said.

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  • Rich W

    The beach will be closed for the holiday weekend!
    Hurricane season starts June 1st.
    All summer, the temporary dunes may not be adequate for protection of thousands of homes all the way to the mainland side of the bay (until the dunes are finally finished in fall and winter).
    Nice work by the ACE’s contractor!

  • Mac

    How much will the value of the Gilmore compound, located on a prime section of the Barnegat Bay, increase if it were to soon become oceanfront property? Rumor has it he has a cash crunch, at least one that he can explain where the cash came from anyway.