A newly built dune is bothering some Chadwick Beach residents, and it’s not because of a view obstruction.
The dune is filled with dark, smelly sand, residents of the barrier island section of Toms River told CBS New York.
Township officials had the dune built using dredged sand from the Barnegat Bay, asking for permission from residents first, according to the CBS report.
Some residents have complained that the dark dune contrasts with the soft, white sand on the beach. Others have said that the dune smells like rotten eggs.
But despite the complaints, there’s nothing environmentally unsound about the dune.
The state Department of Environmental Protection issued a statement explaining that the sand is safe and the color will turn lighter over time, the report states. The smell is due to organic material from the bay.
One resident is simply relieved that there’s a dune in front of her community.
“We just are happy to have something that will keep the water from coming back,” Judy Fieseler told CBS’s Don Champion.