Progress on Beach and New Dunes

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!


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Town Demolishes Honeysuckle Cafe

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.

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Bradley Beach Progress

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.

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Ocean Grove Hurricane Sandy Aftermath

The was a lot of damage to the newly rebuilt boardwalk, the fishing pier and some structures along the ocean. There appears to be only superficial damage to the buildings along Ocean Avenue, although part of the roof of the meeting hall was ripped off. As with Bradley Beach, there was tremendous beach erosion which appears to have moved  5 or 6 feet of sand off the beach back up against the boardwalk and over Ocean Avenue.

The white building on the ocean next to the Asbury Park Casino built in 1938, however, sustained substantial damage. The rear portion of the building was completely destroyed. The family who owns it expressed a desire to rebuild.

Pieces of the Ocean Grove Fishing Pier were seen scattered along the beach in Bradley Beach. Many of the large pilings seem to have been responsible for the damage to some of the railings and stairways along Bradley’s boardwalk. I found electrical fixtures and wiring still attached to pieces of the pier at the Newark Avenue beach entrance. Presumably these were from the house which sat on the pier’s end.

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Asbury Park Hurricane Sandy Aftermath

The entire boardwalk area in Asbury Park has been fenced in while the merchants in the ocean front stores are cleaning up their shops. As with all the other towns, a tremendous amount of sand has been piled up against the boardwalk.

I was unable to see the front of any of those stores, but from the back it looks like most of them sustained a fair amount of water damage. For what it’s worth, all the buildings in the area seem to be still standing. The boardwalk on the north side of Convention Hall is in reasonably good shape.

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Bradley Beach Election Results

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!

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All Bradley Beach voting districts will be voting at the firehouse from 8am to 8pm.

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Update from the Mayor

Mayor Julie Schreck posted an update on Sunday to the situation in Bradley Beach which is available here.

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Power in Bradley

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.

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Hurricane Sandy Avon by the Sea

Avon by the Sea didn’t fare as well as Bradley Beach.

Water from the surge washed back a couple of blocks and seems to have flooded most of the houses on Ocean Avenue and in the first ocean block. We saw a large number of people who had piled the much of the furniture from their first floor on the curb.

They suffered considerable damage to the boardwalk and buildings along the ocean. The pavilion on the North end of town was seriously damaged. One of the buildings was sitting upside down on the boardwalk.

I’ve included some of the pictures I took.

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