If Longport sees the inherent value in not only repairing existing jetties, but also authorizing a rock revetment, which will drop even larger boulders along the ocean, then why is Longport not vociferously lobbying for a master jetty?
There is simply no better shorefront protection than a master jetty. It would add thousands of feet of new beach, unlike the dunes project, which will be washed away in less than 45 minutes and require very costly, regular “renourishment.”
The Absecon Inlet master jetty has been a one-time permanent fix that has enormously expanded and protected Brigantine’s beaches.
Since a master jetty would protect all of Absecon Island, the cost to Longport would be minimal since its cost would be shared with the other three towns, which would also greatly benefit from the huge amounts of sand that would backup behind the master jetty.
This is a genuine “betterment project,” which would provide real, permanent shorefront protection for generations to come without subjecting taxpayers to costly dune replacements, especially in years where there is no federal or state assistance available.
John Sewell, Margate.