Access to the Margate beaches. Americans with Disabilities Act. ADA. How a boardwalk could alleviate the problems created by the ACOE beach project.
Glenn Klotz: Margate will warm up to a new boardwalk as a way to mitigate and improve our situation on the beach.
A DEP [Dept of Environmental Protection] official approached Margate’s Mayor Becker recently. ‘I hear you want a boardwalk. I’m telling you right now. Don’t ask us for any money.’
‘They [ACOE, Army Corp of Engineers] don’t care’ says Mayor Becker. Do you think it was personal?’
Alice Kalish of South Exeter Ave says ADA considerations were not given proper attention. Her daughter has MS. Her grand-daughter is a heart & kidney transplant recipient that has an above-the-knee amputation. Both are wheel-chair bound. Can’t push wheel chairs up those dune inclines. Angles are too steep.
Only 4 entrances are ADA accessible. ACOE dictated that only 4 are required for all of Margate’s beaches. The bare minimum.
ADA and access issues have taken center stage on Margate’s beaches.
The ACOE is a ‘shonda’ to all of us. We have been abused.
Shonda is a yiddish word meaning ‘a fool’ or ‘a shame’. A ‘shonda’ means to do something shameful and publicly witnessed. As the theory goes, we’re all held accountable for the worst deeds of the worst of us.
Chuck Cavanaugh says ACOE is pushing a false narrative. Why did the commissioners enter into that agreement? Commissioners look to be in violation of Margate City Ordinance 2001-14. This ordinance should have prevented the commissioners from entering into that kind of agreement.#2001-14 Dune protection Ordinance (1)
Rebuilding a Margate Boardwalk would help.
A boardwalk would alleviate accessibility issues. A boardwalk would hide any water pooling, similar to Ventnor.
At high tide, the beaches at Adams & Pembroke (to name a few) become quite thin. Only 30-40 ft of usable beach left.
Lou Stern: The only water problem we’ve had on Madison for the past 30 yrs, has been from the bay.
Glenn Klotz questioned placement of the outfall drainage pipes. They’re overly large. May act like groins. Could have drastic, negative effect on the beach southward. These 48 inch pipes are what the ACOE says were needed to protect against a rare, 100 year storm.
Those is charge of this project have been accused of poor communication with local towns. Often no communication. Towns, like Margate, were rarely given a seat at the table to provide input. ACOE, NJ DEP and State of NJ showed little to no understanding of how this non-critical beach & dune project has adversely affected property values, economic & retail considerations, senior citizen access and ADA issues.
After weeks of delay, ACOE finally released statement to Margate:
In response to your letter dated April 10, 2018 requesting a description of what condition the beach will be in for summer 2018: the DCE and USACE have compiled the following:
- USACE and their contractor are currently working on Nassau outfall system (System 4). Manholes, main trunk-line and laterals are complete and connected to the stormwater inlets. The outfall pipe construction is 50% complete and discharging stormwater. Basin grading and dune, crossover and sand fence reconstruction is expected to begin late-May.
- Temporary 48” outfalls have been removed from Rumson, Pembroke and Nassau.
- Temporary 48” outfalls remain at Lancaster and Jerome and have been cut back and buried into the berm to prevent damage from erosion.
- Temporary critically silenced pumps with their discharge pipe and pile were removed at Rumson, Pembroke and Nassau.
- Temporary critically silenced pumps with their discharge pipe and pile shall remain at Fredericksburg, Argyle, Clarendon, Douglas, Exeter, Fontenac, Huntington, Jerome and Lancaster. USACE and their contractor shall continue to maintain, fuel and monitor these pumps through the summer by pickup truck.
- The 9 remaining pumps, listed above, are run twice a week on a maintenance cycle on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM. If there is water in the sump, there will be discharge at the output end at this time.
- The dune at Washington will be reconstructed and a temporary crossover built for the summer. The bulkhead shall remain open for the summer.
- In the dune stockpile area with a stockpile only on the seaward side (Cedar Grove, Benson, Decatur, Madison, Monroe, and Coolidge), USACE and their contractor will construct crossovers up the permanent dune’s landward side and on its crest The contractor will construct temporary graded sand crossovers over the dune stockpile portion.
- In the dune stockpile area with a stockpile only on the seaward side (Vendome to Washington and Madison to Coolidge), USACE and their contractor will install sand fence along the permanent dune’s landward toe.
- In the dune stockpile area with stockpiles on both the landward and seaward sides (Washington, Adams and Jefferson), USACE and their contractor will construct temporary graded sand crossovers over the entire dune stockpile.
- In the dune stockpile area with stockpiles on both the landward and seaward sides (Washington to Madison), USACE and their contractor will install sand fence along the temporary dune’s landward crest to minimize the effect of windblown sand.
- By June 28, 2018, USACE and their contractor will complete Nassau outfall system (System 4) and all construction features previously stated. USACE and their contractor’s equipment and outfall material shall be completely demobilized from Margate.
- Margate is able to rake the beachfront per the Beach Management Plan and is responsible for maintenance of the completed crossovers.
- Any scarps caused by winter coastal storms can be knocked down prior to beach raking season.
- Margate may begin preparations for the summer season anytime outside the delineated active construction zone of the Nassau outfall system.
- As stated in our letter dated April 25, 2018, the DCE has turned over maintenance of Vendome outfall system (System 5) per the Local Cooperation Agreement.