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New Jersey eyes doubling beach restoration budget to $50M a year

With a string of February storms having taken big chunks out of many Jersey Shore beaches, New Jersey is considering doubling the amount of money it allocates to shore protection projects.

News 12 Staff

Mar 5, 2021, 12:19 AM

Updated 1,229 days ago

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With a string of February storms having taken big chunks out of many Jersey Shore beaches, New Jersey is considering doubling the amount of money it allocates to shore protection projects.
A bill increasing the state's Shore Protection Fund each year to $50 million was advanced Thursday by a Senate committee. The money comes from the collection of real estate transfer fees.
Bay Head mayor Bill Curtis said his town's beaches were wiped out by a storm last month, causing 18-foot drop-offs to the sand. He says the town can't afford to fix the damage on its own, and called a federal decision that last month's damage was insufficient to justify emergency repairs “ludicrous.”
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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