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Daniel Nee

NJ - Storm Carves 10-Foot Cliffs in Ortley Beach, Township to Repair Entrances

The Mothers’ Day nor’easter that whipped up waves and led to clouds, rain and high winds all weekend carved a significant chunk out of Ortley Beach’s oceanfront, creating sand “cliffs” and damaging some beach entrances. (A video of the “cliffs” appears above. A video of dune erosion appears below.)

The Mothers’ Day nor’easter that whipped up waves and led to clouds, rain and high winds all weekend carved a significant chunk out of Ortley Beach’s oceanfront, creating sand “cliffs” and damaging some beach entrances. (A video of the “cliffs” appears above. A video of dune erosion appears below.)

The damage was most pronounced between 4th Avenue and 9th Avenue, the area in front of the former Joey Harrison’s Surf Club property, where the cliffs peaked at about 10-feet in height. Beach entrances in this area were all either closed or largely inaccessible. Toms River Mayor Maurice “Mo” Hill said he was planning to survey the area along with the township engineer on Tuesday. The municipal government, he said, is waiting on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to return to scheduled beach maintenance later this year.

“We’ll redo the dunes to shore them up,” said Hill. “As far as lengthening the beach, we have to wait for the Army Corps. That requires a heavy amount of sand, which we won’t be able to scarp off the beach. We’ll get everything set for Memorial Day as much as we can.”

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