Storm Battered Ortley Beach Expected to Be Fully Open for Fourth of July Weekend

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TOMS RIVER, NJ – There’s good news for visitors to Toms River’s Ortley Beach. The storm eroded beach will be open for Fourth of July weekend, according to Art Gallagher, former campaign worker turned press secretary for Toms River Mayor Maurice Hill.

“Ortley Beach is expected to be fully open for the July 4 weekend after a $250,000 beach repair project that is winding down, Mayor Maurice Hill said Tuesday through Gallahger.

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“The work to bring in sand to repair damage and extend the beach in Ortley, after a late-spring nor’easter caused significant erosion that shut down about 25 percent of the beach, was nearly complete,” Hill said in a prepared release by Gallagher. “The equipment is off the beach,” he said of the frontloaders and other construction equipment used to distribute and grade the sand. Walking mats for the beach access paths are anticipated to be in place shortly, he said.

A lightning warning system is being installed and the final touches are being put in place in Ortley Beach after beach repairs were done.