How to deal with severe beach erosion. A critical topic at the recent Ventnor City Commission meeting of January 9, 2020.
Beach erosion is a real problem now that large, wide dunes have been built. Especially along the south end of Ventnor.
Ventnor Commissioner Landgraf says we can fix those cliffs and make them safer. But we can’t recreate a beach or fill the beach. It may mean, not having beaches in that area at high tide. WATCH VIDEO:
Every day at low tide, you get gullies & tidal ponds. Commissioner Landgraf: Actually, that’s dangerous.
As predicted, overzealous dune building, dredging and sand pumping, now biting Ventnor in the ass.
Example: For those who use Buffalo Ave. area beaches: You may need to walk blocks away to find a a usable beach. Full moon, high tide. Surf reached toe of the dune.
City Engineer, Ed Stinson, plans to smooth out dune paths for safe access to beach.
A meeting is scheduled between Ventnor and the Army Corp of Engineers, and NJ DEP, for Jan 24.
Ventnor is prohibited from properly maintaining beach. ‘We don’t control beyond the dunes.’
Ventnor not expecting beach replenishment til Fall of 2021.
Landgraf: Ventnor may not have beaches in some areas this summer.
Ventnor is in a 3-year replenishment program. Funding still not yet in place.
Note: Ventnor Planning Board still not recording and posting their meetings, even though Ventnor recently installed a very good video system to record these important public meetings. NOTE: Ventnor School board also not recording meetings for public access.