BREAKING: A Federal judge says the Margate dune project can resume, but with conditions, such as fences around the contaminated ponds and more pumping. That’s according to @NewsWorksWHYY.
This weekend, Ventnor Beaches will be filled with bulldozers & pipe starting as early as Saturday, August 12.
That’s according to an update from the US Army Corps of Engineers…as they prepare to make the dunes higher in Ventnor. Please be advised that dredging and beach work can cause elevated levels of bacteria to be found in the surf and wet areas of the beach.
The unpopular project will get underway at Jackson Avenue and move downbeach towards Margate. The controversial beach work is expected to last four weeks, straight thru Labor Day weekend.
Margate will be back in front of Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez 1:30 p.m. Friday.
Proponents of a Ventnor & Margate dune system have used fear tactics to win many debates. They say allowing Margate to be ‘duneless’ would leave neighboring Longport & Ventnor unprotected from the “ravages of storms during hurricane season”.
Margate has a very robust bulkhead system that has served the city well for decades.
The Margate ruling says contractors will install elevated walkways, fence off pond areas and pump out standing water as soon as possible after a rainfall.
If water ponds for more than 24-hours, it must be tested for contaminants, and beaches may need to be closed to protect the public, Judge Bumb said in her ruling.
The state court can still intervene. Mendez could tell the NJ DEP to stop the project.