LONG BRANCH, NJ – It seems like just a few days ago, the City of Long Branch was eagerly awaiting the replenishment of its beaches in the area around Lake Takanasee and the city’s “West End”. At the end of June, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers pumped sand all weekend from Plaza Court south to Sycamore Avenue. Then they started going north. This weekend, a six-foot high cliff separated the washed-out oceanfront after Tropical Storm Fay ripped past the Jersey Shore. An image of the fresh erosion on the newly replenished beach was posted to a citizens beachfront watchdog group, COBRA: NJ Beach Access. For now, Mother Nature has defeated the Army Corps of Engineers and the $26,000,000 spent on the project.
This project includes returning 1.6 million cubic yards of sand to sections of Long Branch, Monmouth Beach and Sea Bright. Options for an additional 1.1 million cubic yards were added to the contract in fiscal year 2020 and the project is scheduled for completion in March 2021.