September 15, 2014 |
As his wife, Pat, watched anxiously, Jack Monaghan climbed the slatted dune fence that once separated their Strathmere home from a state park, and pointed down at the crashing sea. "There used to be a beach out there," he said last week. Now, exposed black boulders and a slender, 10-foot cliff are about all that remain of Corson's Inlet State Park's southern shoreline. In just a month, the Monaghans and state officials say, ocean waves have carried away most of the 98 acres of sand dunes where park visitors strolled or fished or beached their boats, and where endangered piping plovers, black skimmers, and least terns scampered and nested.
June 7, 2014 |
Since we last visited John and Gretchen Coyle's idyllic bayfront home in Beach Haven, a lot has happened. In a word: Sandy. The killer storm of October 2012 swamped the first floor with sand, salt water, muck, and mold. It roughed up the bicycles, fridge, and freezer in the garage; destroyed the charming little beach, dunes, and deck; and whipsawed a naturalistic garden lovingly tended for more than three decades. "Sandy just plucked it all up. Everything was gone," says Gretchen, 74, an author and freelance writer who has lived in this villagelike pocket of Long Beach Island with John, 73, since 1980.
December 10, 2013 |
MANTOLOKING, N.J. - Work on a $40 million, four-mile-long steel seawall that will extend through this Ocean County town and into the beachfront areas of neighboring Brick Township trounced by Hurricane Sandy could begin early next year, officials said. Unlike seawalls in some beach towns that stand as tall stone or brick edifices, this massive structure will be driven 32 feet below sea level and will rise 16 feet above ground. It will be virtually unseen, buried beneath sand dunes that will complete the project.
July 10, 2013 |
The sand dunes created to protect the Jersey Shore may be worth more than an unobstructed view of ocean. However, it is up to a jury to decide how much, if any, a Harvey Cedars couple should receive after a large piece of their property was taken by the state to construct 22-foot dunes that also blocked part of their view of Long Beach Island's surf. The New Jersey Supreme Court on Monday tossed out a $375,000 jury award to Harvey and Phyllis Karan in the case filed five years ago, sending it back to Ocean County for a new trial.
June 16, 2013 |
CAYO COCO, Cuba - After Cuban scientists studied the effects of climate change on this island's 3,500 miles of coastline, their discoveries were so alarming that officials didn't share the results with the public to avoid causing panic. The scientists projected that rising sea levels would seriously damage 122 Cuban towns or even wipe them off the map. Beaches would be submerged, they found, while freshwater sources would be tainted and croplands rendered infertile. In all, seawater would penetrate up to 1.2 miles inland in low-lying areas, as oceans rose nearly three feet by 2100.
April 12, 2013 |
LONGPORT, N.J. - This borough of exclusive beachfront homes will take those dunes now, thank you. It took the storm of the century to do it, but there has been a sea change in Longport, which had long said a big no, thank you, to dunes that might block pricey ocean views. "I think Sandy took the subjectiveness out of it," borough engineer Dick Carter said Wednesday. Now, those views are seen through a new prism: the memory of punishing waves crashing through floor-to-ceiling windows and lifting up swaths of asphalt roadway, ocean-to-bay flooding, and two feet of sand dumped all the way to Atlantic Avenue like some kind of Saharan blizzard.
January 26, 2013 |
ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK, N.J. - One of New Jersey's favorite swimming, fishing, and bird-watching spots is back in business. Island Beach State Park occupies the southernmost end of a barrier island pummeled by Sandy in October. Like many of the island's communities, including Seaside Heights, Ortley Beach, and Mantoloking, the park sustained major damage from the storm. But unlike those heavily populated communities, the park remains close to its original wild state, with rolling sand dunes and coastal forests on a half-mile-wide spit of sand between the Atlantic Ocean and Barnegat Bay. Because there are no homes or businesses and only a handful of park-related structures on the island, much of the damage to sand dunes and the beach itself will be left to nature to repair.
January 16, 2013 |
BRADLEY BEACH, N.J. - This Shore town came through Sandy better than many of its neighbors. A major reason: It had protective sand dunes in place. On Monday, Gov. Christie used a dune-reconstruction project as a backdrop for harsh criticism of oceanfront property owners who have blocked dune projects elsewhere on grounds that the work would interfere with their oceanfront views. "That's extremely selfish and shortsighted," Christie said. "We're looking at ways we can place requirements, legally, to make sure these dune systems are built.
January 12, 2013 |
For Dominick Solazzo, the last few weeks have been a nonstop Christmas morning. "Gifts" of discarded Christmas trees - sometimes in large quantities - have arrived almost daily at Midway Beach in Berkeley Township, between Seaside Park and Island Beach State Park, in Ocean County. Solazzo and other residents are grateful for the pungent balsams, pines, and firs, which will help rebuild Midway's sand dunes, decimated by the ferocious Hurricane Sandy in October. "The outpouring has been amazing," said Solazzo, 40, a union electrician and environmental advocate who has used social media to get the word out about the tree drive.