The US Army Corps of Engineers has just (February 21st) published the following beach replenishment work schedule.  It affects Bay Head and Mantoloking, and the surrounding areas.  All of this is subject to change due to weather, mechanical problems, and equipment availability.  Answers to commonly asked questions (How long will my beach be affected?) can be found here. If you have any other questions, please let us know.

Construction Schedule

USACE’s contractor Weeks Marine Inc. will be using multiple dredges to complete the beachfill contract. Three hopper dredges (R.N. WeeksB.E. Lindholm and Magdalen) are expected to be used during construction. Hopper dredges function like a ship as they transit back and forth between a sand borrow site and pump out buoy near the shoreline. Weeks Marine will also be using a pipeline cutter head dredge (R.S. Weeks), which functions more like a stationary barge and continuously pumps sand from a sand borrow site through pipeline and onto the beach. The type of dredge used for each community depends on the distance from the sand borrow site to the shoreline.

BELOW UPDATED: February 21, 2018

Dredging Equipment Community
Hopper Dredge
Magdalen
Toms River North Normandy Beach – estimated construction early April to mid June
Bay Head – construction follows Normandy Beach. Current construction estimate is mid-June to early August
Point Pleasant Beach – construction follows Bay Head. Current construction estimate is early August to late August
Seaside Park – construction follows Point Pleasant Beach. Current estimate is late August to early October.
Hopper Dredges
RN Weeks and
BE Lindholm
(typically work in tandem on same line)
Mantoloking – construction ongoing in base area. Estimated completion in mid-March
Brick Township – construction follows Mantoloking base area. Current construction estimate is mid-March to late June.
Mantoloking Northern Areas – construction follows Brick. Current construction estimate is late June to late August.
Lavallette – construction follows Mantoloking option areas. Current construction estimate is late August to late November.
Pipeline Dredge
R.S. Weeks
Toms River South Ortley Beach – estimated construction late May to late August
Seaside Heights – construction follows Ortley Beach. Current construction estimate is late August to early October

*Mantoloking Northern Area – stretches from Sta. 207 (Approx. 2000 ft. north of Herbert St.) to Sta. 162 (Municipal boundary with Bay Head).

We are pleased to announce our newest listing – 224 Buccaneer Way, Mantoloking Shores (Brick). This lagoonfront home is updated, and has a lot to offer – large rooms, an open floor plan, and easy access to the open bay…  You can find all of the details here, and see more for yourself in the video below!  If you have any questions about this property, or your own home or property, please let us know.  Thank you! Suzie & Ed

We hope that you, your family and friends were not harmed by Hurricane Irma (or Harvey), but that if you were, that you are now safe.  It is often said that while things can be replaced, lives cannot.  If you were affected, we hope that you are able to repair, rebuild, or move home as soon as possible.  If there is anything that we can do to help you, please ask. Thank you, Suzie & Ed

The borough of Mantoloking recently published a notice from JCP&L regarding how they can be reached in an emergency, or if there is an outage.  Options include phone, text, and web.  The information below is from the attached flyer, included here, in case attachments give you trouble:

“A Beacon in the Storm At JCP&L, our top priority is to provide our customers with safe, reliable electricity. When an outage occurs, it’s important to report it to us as soon as possible to help us pinpoint the damage and restore power safely and quickly. Here’s how to reach us:

Call – Our outage hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877). If we have your phone number on record, our automated system will instantly identify your account for more efficient outage reporting. Please also consider adding an alternate number, such as a mobile phone, which you might be more likely to use during an outage.

Text us – Register your mobile number with us and report an outage via text messaging. Interactive text messaging makes it easy to report a power outage and request status updates. You can start using this service by texting REG to 544487 (LIGHTS). You will need your account number to register. Message and data rates may apply.

Visit us online – Our website is another great way to report an outage and access outage information through your mobile device. By registering online, you can receive a status update on your reported outage by simply logging into your account at www.jcp-l.com. You also can view timely, accurate, and easy-to-use outage information through our 24/7 Power Center outage maps, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter. www.facebook.com/JCPandL www.twitter.com/JCP_L We’re committed to providing you with reliable service, and communicating with you during an outage is an important part of that process. If you need to update your contact information, please call 1-800-662-3115. Or, if you’re registered on our website, click on “Manage My Account” and then “Update Contact Information.”

As you surely know, rip currents, also known as rip tides (currents flowing directly away from the beach, catching swimmers unaware) are a hazard any time of year.  The risk is increased by offshore storm activity (like we’ve recently experience), and the lack of lifeguards at this time of year.  Just recently, there have been a number of deaths, and many rescues, due to rip currents. If you swim, surf, or otherwise use the ocean at any time of year (or friends and family do), here are some things to keep in mind.

  1. Never swim at an unguarded beach.
  2. If you do go in the ocean, it is best not to swim alone.
  3. Let someone know where you are going, and when you plan to return.
  4. Check weather and beach reports before leaving for the beach – they are available online in season.

If you do get caught in a rip current, RELAX, do not panic, and try to swim straight back to shore – that is what often gets people in trouble.  Instead, swim across the current, parallel to the beach (if the current is pulling you east away from the beach, swim north or south, along the beach).  Once you are safely out of the current, rest if need be, and then swim back to shore.  Additional details can be found here.  BE SAFE!  Suzie & Ed

As you may have heard, work is currently halted on the beach replenishment project in Mantoloking.  Last week, the dredge suffered a break down, and had to be towed to Jersey City for repairs.  We are told that it should be back on site soon, perhaps as soon as this weekend.  The video below was taken on December 8th, and shows the work completed from Princeton Avenue, north to Herbert Street.  The work has made it as far south as 1417 Ocean Avenue.  If you have any questions about the project, or how it relates to your home or property, please let us know.  Thank you! Suzie & Ed

We hope that you’ve had a good year, and that all is well!  Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy and Healthy New Year!  Please enjoy this year’s Christmas card, below.  Suzie & Ed

The Jersey Shore Partnership reports that the Army Corp’s emergency beach fill at Ortley Beach has been completed.

“The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE or Army Corps) completed an emergency beach replenishment at Ortley Beach (Toms River) over the past three weeks.  They will return in the fall to complete the job with the building of a dune which will be part of the 13 mile long dune that will stretch from Point Pleasant to Berkeley Township (Midway Beach/South Seaside Park) ending at the entrance to Island Beach State Park.  Attached are pictures of the “before” and “after” beach replenishment at 7th Avenue in Ortley Beach.

The Army Corps schedule for this project, being implemented by Weeks Marine, Inc., can be followed on the USACE website.” – Margot Walsh, Jersey Shore Partnership
Ortley Beach Emergency Beach Fill – Before – Photo Courtesy of Jersey Shore Partnership
Ortley Beach Emergency Beach Fill – After – Photo Courtesy of Jersey Shore Partnership

We hope that you had a safe, happy, and fun 4th of July! Suzie & Ed

We have a new waterfront listing on Oyster Creek in Waretown – not far to the open bay.  This is an oversized lot, with panoramic views, and a home that could renovated or replaced.  Please contact us for details, or view the listing.