A Jersey Shore borough is worried that a federal beach replenishment project could impact the busy summer season.
Seaside Heights Mayor Anthony Vaz says he has expressed his concerns to officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, APP.com reported.
Vaz told the newspaper that officials couldn’t offer a promise that the project, which is expected to begin in the spring, will be occurring during the summer in the Ocean County borough known for its boardwalk and amusement pier.
But the mayor is hopeful that the work will begin in Mantoloking and move south, avoiding Seaside Heights during the summer, the report said
The long-awaited $150 million beach replenishment project for northern Ocean County went out to bid last fall.
The 14-mile project, stretching from Point Pleasant Beach to the South Seaside Park section of Berkeley Township, is expected to finish in under two years.
According to project details, offshore pumping will supply some 11 million cubic yards of sand to build dunes 22 feet above sea level and 100 to 300 foot wide beaches 8.5 feet above sea level for most of the project area. Periodic replenishment projects over 50 years will replace sand lost to normal erosion.