Pallone Says Beach Replenishment Could be Coming For Long Branch

Hurricane Sandy aid bill contains funding for beach replenishment

Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-6) said Long Branch and other coastal towns could have their beaches replenished in the near future, thanks to funding from the Hurricane Sandy aid bill.

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure Friday afternoon allowing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to borrow $9.7 billion to pay insurance claims made by victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Congress is expected to vote on two additional bills authorizing more than $50 billion in Sandy aid on Jan. 15.

That money includes funding for the Army Corps of Engineers to perform beach replenishment projects for towns affected by the hurricane.

Long Branch Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Stanley Dzuiba recently said Long Branch's beaches lost a lot of sand after Hurricane Sandy and are in need of replenishment.

Pallone said Long Branch could be one of the towns selected by the Army Corps of Engineers for beach replenishment.

"They are doing surveys along the shore now to see how they would prioritize the work," Pallone said. "I want to try to get Long Branch and the other towns I represent as much beach replenishment as possible."

He said if the bill is approved next week as it is scheduled to be, beach replenishment projects could begin this spring.

"All towns lost sand, but (the Army Corps of Engineers) will do the worst-hit areas first," he said.

Pallone has always been an advocate for beach replenishment and recently worked to have Monmouth Beach and a portion of Sea Bright's beaches replenished.

The corps started the work north of the Monmouth Beach and Tennis Club and will then move north toward Sea Bright. Congressman Pallone requested the funding before Hurricane Sandy and it was approved last year as part of fiscal year 2012’s appropriations legislation.

Pallone said Long Branch's beaches from Cedar Avenue to Pier Village were last replenished "a few years ago," but said it should be done every six years to provide adequate protection from storms.

Long Branch's beachfront took a big hit with the loss of the boardwalk from Brighton Avenue to Pier Village, but the area was not hit has hard as other coastal towns.

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Dominick Palermo January 08, 2013 at 08:24 PM
DJGigs--------read my commment
Dominick Palermo January 08, 2013 at 08:25 PM
Michael---------Read my commment ---------
Christopher Sheldon January 09, 2013 at 12:39 AM
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Michael Megill January 09, 2013 at 01:11 AM
Dominick . . . Read your comment. We, USA, spend $45b on foreign economic aid out of a $3.8 trillion budget. There is much more waste in other areas of our spending. Reallocating monetary waste toward other monetary wasteful projects is not fiscally sound. So, not sure what your point is? But very happy for you that a few million is no big deal in your world.
Dominick Palermo January 09, 2013 at 02:54 PM
Michael-----I would rather see that money be it milions or billions spent on beach projects that last a pretty long time --last replenishment at 7 Presidents beach in long branch was over 10 yrs ago ----THAN given to foriegn nations that either hate us or is a waste of money -Trying to stop aids in Africa which we send millions of aid there for -----is the biggest wastre of money ever --SPEND OUR DOLLARS HERE IN THE USA


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