NJ - NJ Bid for Emergency Beach Repair Money Not Likely to Happen
BAY HEAD, N.J. (AP) — With two winter storms having taken big chunks out of some popular Jersey Shore beaches — and several more on the way — New Jersey wants emergency funding from the federal government to fix the damage.
But that money is not likely to materialize.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the nor’easter lasting from Jan. 31 through Feb. 2 doesn’t appear likely to qualify as the sort of “extraordinary storm event” necessary to free up emergency reconstruction aid.
What’s more, the sections of beach that were hardest hit by the storm, as well as by a second one of lesser severity over the weekend, are in an area that the federal government considers to have been completed in terms of beach replenishment.
Any work that needs to be done between periodic cycles of restoration by the Army Corps is the responsibility of the state and local governments, which would be the case now, the agency said Tuesday.
Shawn LaTourette, acting commissioner of New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection, wrote to the Army Corps on Monday asking for money and technical support to repair the worst-hit areas of the shore.
These include beaches in nine towns that a DEP inspection deemed to have suffered severe erosion.