Avalon moving sand to shore up North end

Avalon workers move sand on the beach. (Scott Wahl)

Avalon workers move sand on the beach. (Scott Wahl)

One seaside community in South Jersey is doing its own beach replenishment. 

Avalon Borough business administrator Scott Wahl of Avalon said the borough’s own workers stepped up to move sand that washed onto the central portion of the beach to the northern end. The effort will help cut down on replenishment costs usually shared among the federal state and local governments.

“We’re scraping it from the beach, taking it back to the North End to provide two benefits to the town,” said Wahl. “One being protection in advance of hurricane season, which begins Wednesday,  June 1, and also for the recreational benefit for the entire summer.”

Avalon’s public works employees are doing the heavy lifting, he said.

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“We rented some heavy equipment to assist us in the effort,” Wahl said. “That price is well south of $100,000. And we will relocate some 50,000 cubic yards of sand back to the North End.”

After the holiday weekend, Wahl said, work will resume Tuesday for about two weeks.

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