Up to 10 Ventnor blocks of beaches could be negatively affected for Summer 2020. Too wide dunes and substantial erosion now taking up most…and sometimes ALL, of the usable beaches south of the Ventnor Pier.
This problem is most prevalent between the Ventnor Pier and the end of the boardwalk at Fredericksburg Ave.
Ventnor beach erosion has reduced amount of usable beach at high tides.
South of Ventnor Pier could be a problem during Summer 2020. Commissioner Landgraf warned that potentially 6 to10 blocks could be affected.
What to do ? Wait for a beach replenishment. Might happen Fall 2020 or maybe Spring 2021. Can never really trust the NJ DEP or the Army Corp of Engineers.
Note: Funds for the dredging and and pumping must be Federally authorized every 3-year cycle. Locally, Ventnor contributes almost $500,000 during each replenishment cycle.
Fed funding not there yet. Money could be held up as long as NJ considers itself a Sanctuary State?
Neighbors concerned about the lack of beach during high tides. Non-critical dunes and dead-zones (between dune and boardwalk) take up too much of potential, usable beach.
Reduce some Ventnor dunes in order to create usable beach?
Some are thinking out of the box. Maybe the dunes along the southern beaches of Ventnor should be reduced or removed? Are the high & wide dunes in that spot really needed. Many think they do more harm than good.
Residents will need to use other Ventnor beaches when high tides reach the dune.
Grin and bear it. Not much Ventnor City leaders can do. Ventnor can trim the dune grass, though.
Resident Rich Gober reminded everyone that we can’t see the ocean from many parts of the Ventnor and Atlantic City Boardwalk.
Ventnor must have a usable beach at high tide.