A Thank You For Dune Replenishment

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Approximately five years have passed since Superstorm Sandy and the south end boardwalk fire, and Seaside Heights is continuing to rebuild and recover. As mayor, I can’t help but look at our new amusement rides and see an image of the Star Jet roller coaster in the ocean. We have come a long way, but have a long way to go.

I have been working around the clock to plan for future storms and encourage everyone in our community to do the same. Part of this preparation has been working with agencies across every level of government on our dune and beach re-nourishment project, which is essential to our region. I have been adamant that I will do whatever I can to help this project to completion, but the Borough Council and I remain firm that the project must not impact our beach and boardwalk operations this summer. Our local economy simply cannot afford it.

I am grateful that Congressman Tom MacArthur is standing with Seaside Heights in urging the Army Corp of Engineers to finish the project before Memorial Day weekend, or to postpone the Seaside Heights piece of the project until after the core summer season. We received good news that indicates the Army Corp of Engineers is listening and working to address our concerns.

We are fortunate that Congressman MacArthur is a friend that recognizes the importance of the summer economy and is responsive to the needs of our small coastal town.

Anthony Vaz
Seaside Heights Mayor


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