BELMAR - The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) joined state tourism officials and the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium to provide an update on the condition of the Jersey Shore.

The report says that Sandy left beaches more vulnerable to the next big storm. They are lower and narrower, which means shoreline properties are at a higher risk of damage and a greater impact from future storms.

The findings also included information that underwater sand was shifted so much by Sandy that there is a strong risk for dangerous rip currents this summer.

The report examined beaches, tested water quality and measured the progress of debris removal.