The borough has removed the temporary dunes which were in place at the edge of the ocean just past the high tide point. These had been constructed to provide some measure of protection from storms during the winter months. The removal process was completed over the past weekend.
Bradley Beach has made great progress restoring the dunes which were destroyed during Hurricane Sandy. They’ve completed building fenced in areas filled with Christmas Trees on about (in my rough estimation) 30 – 40% of the length of the beach. From what I’ve heard these will gradually be covered with sand and then planted with dune grass. The roots from the dune grass will anchor themselves in the buried trees and create a fairly solid protective dune. The original dunes were created this way after the ’92 storm and held through most of Sandy resulting in relatively minimal damage along Ocean Avenue.
The town is fixing several of the buildings along the boardwalk which were damaged by the storm.
It looks like things will be in great shape for the opening of the 2013 summer season! Come on down and visit us!
Last week, the town demolished the small structure at Newark Avenue which housed the Honeysuckle Cafe. It hadn’t seemed like the building was too badly damaged by Sandy, but it was presumably beyond repair.
Bradley Beach has made a tremendous amount of progress putting the beach back together. From what I’ve observed, the borough has been working non-stop to re-grade the beach and construct new dunes.
It is for good reason that Governor Christie singled us out as an example of what towns along the coast should be doing to recover from the damage caused by Sandy.
In the next couple of weeks, I’ll start a new photo series to show the progress being made in Bradley Beach, Asbury Park, Ocean Grove and Avon by the Sea.
Here’s a link to the official Monmouth County election results which include a link to Bradley Beach. Congratulations to Gary Engelstad who was elected the new mayor of Bradley Beach!
All Bradley Beach voting districts will be voting at the firehouse from 8am to 8pm.
Mayor Julie Schreck posted an update on Sunday to the situation in Bradley Beach which is available here.
JCP&L has restored power to most blocks in Bradley Beach as of today. There may be some isolated homes still out due to damage to the feeder lines in the immediate vicinity of those properties, though.