After two disappointing court rulings this week, Ventnor and Margate will now endure at least 3-4 more weeks of dune building, dredging and beach widening. Work will extend thru Labor Day in both towns.
MARGATE: A Federal court order mandated that work may continue, but fixes must be made to the contaminated ponding problem in Margate.
Plastic fencing, pumping waste water into the ocean, and building walkways over the swampy lakes were recommended fixes by Judge Bumb.
VENTNOR: The dredge pipes that now snake along the beach, carry a mix of salt water and sand (slurry). The iron pipes now extend from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, all the way to just north of the Ventnor Pier.
Current Ventnor beach closures as of AUG 11 : Dudley, Dorset, Derby and Surrey. This info can change at any time.
Due to dune & beach work, the Ventnor Hobie Cat Regatta, scheduled for Saturday AUG 12, has been postponed til further notice.
The current Ventnor work will involve adding more sand to the beaches and dunes. Residents fear that the already tall dunes, will be made even taller and wider, as the Army Corp looks for places to deposit the dredged sand.
In addition to replenishment of the old, new dune construction will soon take place between Richards and Fredericksburg Ave in Ventnor. Water views from the boardwalk will be likely be obstructed. How much? We shall see.
Over in Margate, an Aug. 10 decision by Judge Bumb said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Weeks Marine can resume beachfill and dune operations.
The Dredge BE LIndholm is expected to resume beachfill operations in Margate on or about Aug 14/15.