Days of east wind, higher tides and rough surf creates more erosion in Ortley Beach

The weekend high tides took another chunk out of Ortley Beach.

News 12 Staff

Oct 13, 2021, 11:24 AM

Updated 914 days ago

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The weekend high tides took another chunk out of Ortley Beach.
Sand cliffs have returned, just before summer emergency repairs added sand to the beach following a storm in late May.
For the better part of four days, a storm offshore sent large waves and higher than normal tides to the Jersey Shore.
The pounding waves left cliffs again in what is an ongoing cycle of repair, wash away, repair again.
In February, Toms River spent around $150,000 to add sand because there was no beach left following a winter nor'easter. The Memorial Day weekend storm left the beach in a similar state at the worst possible time, and some of these blocks remained closed into June. 
Toms River budgeted $400,000 to make intermediate repairs until the feds return for a larger replenishment project next year. Critics of the multimillion-dollar efforts like the Surfrider Foundation say the money can be better spent on other mitigation efforts, while supporters say beach replenishment is needed and is actually cheaper in the long run than repairing damaged infrastructure and property.
The beach will have all winter to rebuild itself, as experts say they often do during the off season. 



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