Wind-driven waves crash the seawall and erode sections of beach at 5th Ave. in North Wildwood, Thursday evening, Oct. 10, 2019. The barrier islands in Cape May County, N.J., experienced abnormal high tides due to a developing coastal storm and near full moon conditions. Dale Gerhard /

NJ - Jersey Shore Mayor Says DEP is Playing Politics Over Dune Construction Violations

A Jersey Shore mayor is striking back against the state after it issued violation notices last month over what it terms illegal beach construction by the town.

In a statement issued Tuesday, North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello accused the state Department of Environmental Protection of playing politics and failing to address long-standing beach erosion concerns in his town.

The DEP issued two violations to North Wildwood on June 6, citing unauthorized construction it said violated multiple New Jersey environmental laws.

In the first matter, the DEP says the city destroyed acres of vegetated dunes and wetlands, which are protected by the state and serve to protect residents, property and ecosystems.

New bulkheads, sidewalks, walkways, a playground and other structures were built by the city without permits, the DEP stated, with illegal construction stretching from Hereford Inlet to 22nd Avenue, which is almost the entire city oceanfront.

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