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Daniel Nee

NJ - Ortley Beach Battered by Storm, Officials Pledge to Rebuild Beach Again

Ortley Beach, just one week after undergoing a maintenance project to return sand to the oceanfront and repair beach entrances, had its beachfront battered by a storm over the course of Memorial Day Weekend.

Ortley Beach, just one week after undergoing a maintenance project to return sand to the oceanfront and repair beach entrances, had its beachfront battered by a storm over the course of Memorial Day Weekend. Officials are now pledging to rebuild the beach, again, as the height of the summer season approaches.

The storm brought heavy northeast winds to the Shore area the same weekend as the year’s most significant “king tide” was occurring, leading to ocean water lapping up against the dune line, creating a cliff that is generally between three and four feet in height (though some sections reach as high as eight feet) and destroying at least two beach entrances that had just been rebuilt the week before.

Mayor Maurice “Mo” Hill said he and Township Engineer Robert Chankalian were scheduled to take a tour of the area Monday and formulate a plan for repairs as soon as the work week begins Tuesday morning.

“Whatever we have to do to make it right again, we’ll do,” Hill told Shorebeat.

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