The much-discussed beach replenishment project is about to hit Seaside Park…just in time for August which is clearly going to impact locals and visitors alike. At a meeting this week a representative for the contractor, Weeks Marine updated local officials and said work would begin in Seaside Park on August 6th. I have noticed barges, tugboats and other equipment fairly close to shore in recent weeks as part of the Army Corps of Engineers project to rebuild shore area beaches following the devastation of Superstorm Sandy. Most recently the work has been centered on Ortley Beach and also impacted the Hiering Avenue beach in Seaside Heights.

According to a source who regularly attends the weekly update meetings officials from the Department of Environmental Protection have announced plans to begin work in Seaside Park on 3rd Avenue and work their way north to Porter Avenue which is the border with Seaside Heights. The plan is for them to work on about 1,000 feet of beachfront at a time beginning August 6th which would likely affect about 2 or 3 blocks which would be closed while work is being done in that specific location. Once the project reaches Porter Avenue (sometime around Labor Day) it would then move to 3rd Avenue in Seaside Park and head south into Berkeley Township. The schedule is subject to change and how fast it moves could be impacted by the weather and other factors. The plan is for the beach replenishment to begin in Seaside Heights in late September or early October and clearly after the summer tourism season is over.