Contact Us

Fence Installation To Preserve Beachfronts Begins Next Month

To keep Ocean County’s beaches healthy, the annual planting of dune grass and installation of special fencing meant to preserve the beachfront will take place next month.

Beach replenishment project in Monmouth Beach
Beach replenishment project in Monmouth Beach (US Army Corp of Engineers)

About $100,000 will be spent on the project, which will span throughout the beaches of Ocean County and dedicate $30,000 towards the planting of dune grass and seventy thousand towards twenty miles of fencing.

Ocean County Planning Director Dave McKeon says it’s an important investment since it provides tangible improvements to the beach, especially during a time when the Army Corps of Engineers is having trouble keeping up with the numerous larger replenishment projects.

“There’s various issues with funding, regulation, easement purchases, and so on; so those projects are just way behind.” Says McKeon.

McKeon notes one of the advantages of the dune grass and fence distribution program is the dunes build upon what has grown from the year before. Meaning towns can build up stability in their beaches at a fraction of the cost of what the Army Corps of Engineers requires.

He adds they have been lucky in the past few years by avoiding major coastal storms that can contribute to beach erosion.

Priority of how much grass and fencing is distributed will be based on how much beachfront territory a municipality has.

The fences and grasses will be installed and planted respectively into dunes, and McKeon says the goal is for the fences to be completely below the sand and the dune grass to continue growing.

“The tops of the grass keep growing and the roots go down and really if you’re looking at a dune with grass on it that’s ten feet high, you’ve basically got a root system that’s ten feet deep that’s holding that grass into place.”
Fencing will be installed in a zig zag pattern intentionally according to McKeon. “That is to take advantage of the winds. If it was a straight line of a fence, and the wind is running down the fence, it’s not going to capture the grass.”

The grass comes from Church’s Nursery in Cape May, who won the contract through a bidding process for the past several years.

Municipalities on Long Beach Island will get the first deliveries starting on October 5th, the northern coastal towns will receive the second deliveries on November 2nd.

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wobm.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on 92.7 WOBM quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on 92.7 WOBM quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!