SEA BRIGHT: The borough's long-awaited sea wall repair project will begin at the conclusion of the summer season.
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin said the project will begin in September, likely after Labor Day and is scheduled to be completed in May, 2018.
Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach were heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 when raging storm tides destroyed beach clubs, homes and businesses and displaced and eroded portions of the seawall. In areas where there was a break in the seawall, the surging flood tides inundated the low-lying communities, causing extensive damage.
"Design specifications for the repair and mitigation project include the construction of 3,188 lineal feet of new sea wall in accordance with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers design protocols," according to a 2016 news release from FEMA. "The new segments of seawall will connect with the existing seawall, providing a strong barrier that will protect vulnerable areas of both towns should a similar storm strike in the future."
The existing seawall extends 4.7 miles, from Valentine Street in Monmouth Beach to the Highlands Bridge in North Sea Bright.
Last year, FEMA obligated $28,358,886 in additional grant funding for the repair of the Hurricane Sandy-damaged seawall, bringing the total FEMA funding obligated for the project to date to $31,344,834. That amount represents 90 percent of the total project cost of $34,827,594. The State of New Jersey will fund the remaining 10 percent.