Over the weekend, Ventnor’s southern beaches got battered. Mother Nature taking back what is hers.
Oceanfront surge and howling wind vaporized a good chunk of the Ventnor beach and dune system.
Beach elevation is noticeably lower. Top layer of sand scoured.
Time to build a master jetty at the bottom tip of Longport?
Dr. Stuart Farrell of Stockton University was a guest on the Don Williams radio show, on Oct. 15, 2019. Listen below.
WOND callers: Why give all that money to ACOE, Army Corp of Engineers? Just to keep them busy for next 50 years? Scam.
Listen to WOND Radio dune, beach & jetty discussion with Dr. Farrrell here:
By Spring, most of the beach should returns to it’s summery goodness. Altho, we bet the southern Ventnor dunes will look like hell.
Controversial dune building and beach replenishment in Ventnor, Margate and Longport. Worth it?
Long stretches of Ventnor beach are ‘cliffing’… or ‘scarping’. Paths and dunes now feature precipitous ‘drop offs’. Some more than 7 feet high.
Exercise extreme caution. Not only danger of falling, but sharp debris everywhere. Chicken wire and broken lumber. Remnants of dune fencing.
LISTEN: Ventnor Mayor Fights Back Against NJ DEP
Can Ventnor City Hall address the obvious safety issue? Or will NJ DEP withhold permission to fix?
Maybe both parties will just let Mother Nature handle it.
Former NJ Congressman Frank LoBiondo had the juice to get beach funding. Not sure if his replacement, Jeff Van Drew, can score Federal funding.
Offshore dredging & beached replenishment typically happens every 3 – 5 years. That’s IF there’s Federal money available.
Downbeach Replenishment Costs:
- Federal government pays 65%
- 25% comes from New Jersey DEP
- 10% handled by local taxpayers