Beach Preservation Efforts Will Cost South Jersey Millions
South Jersey's been on alert for several hurricanes already in the 2020 season.
Most recently, Hurricane Teddy was barreling up the Atlantic Coast a few hundred miles away from our coastline. If you've been out and about in attempt to get the most out of local summer, then you've no doubt noticed how choppy and uneven several of the beaches in Atlantic and Cape May counties have become.
So much beach erosion has occurred this summer as a result of the rough storms. The beaches are constantly replenished, but at this erosion rate, it's unlikely enough money has been set aside to finance a restoration project of THIS magnitude. NJ.com has reported that it could cost North Wildwood alone up to five million dollars to replace all the sand that's been washed back into the sea.
In certain parts of Ventnor and Margate, so much erosion has occurred that you can't even walk on the sand during periods of high tide. So, where will the preservation money come from? Taxpayer dollars, of course. Some would retort with "that's the price you pay to live on the islands." While that's true, nobody predicted erosion to impact the beaches in this magnitude so quickly. Who knows how much of a tax increase it will take to cover these repairs at this point, however it's pretty irrelevant considering residents don't have much of a choice.
If left alone, the waters could start impacting homes and businesses. The shore points have been hit with enough economic problems as a result of the pandemic. The last thing they need is for water and beach erosion to, quite literally, wipe them out. The only thing left for shore towns to do at this point is brace themselves for whatever may be deemed necessary to fix the problem.