Sand pumping begins in Point Pleasant Beach amid controversy

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An ocean view is disappearing for some who fought against the Federal Beach Replenishment Project in Point Pleasant Beach.

Work began this week to pump sand to the southern sections of Point Pleasant Beach in front of some homes whose owners fought against the project.

Two of those owners sued and won more than $500,000 for the loss of land due to the dunes.

The project is moving forward, however.

Point Pleasant Beach is the second-to-last town to see the replenishment efforts add about 200 feet of beach dunes ranging from 18-22 feet high.

Mayor Stephen Reid was concerned about getting the work done in time for the summer tourism season.

"We're going to be open for business, this is going to take 20 days, working around the clock 24/7, so we're real excited about that," he said. "Last year they were supposed to start in the summer and we weren't very happy about that, fought it real hard. So it's good to see them here and we're ready to go."

The Army Corps is scheduled to finish work there in May.

Property owner Mike Sullivan was just relieved the work would be finished by the summer, saying, "We had no idea when it was going to be done or how long it was going to take and they just showed up on the beach last Sunday and said we are starting tonight. So, at this point we are of the mindset of just get it over with and roll through get it done.

Bay Head is the final community to receive the work. It’s scheduled to begin in late May and finish in June.

 

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