BAY HEAD — Plans to replace five jetties along the oceanfront have come to a halt due to concerns the project could interfere with the upcoming coastal dune storm protection system.
A permit application filed by the Bay Head Preservation Alliance for the Bay Head Groin Repair Project was denied by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection [DEP] citing its potential to “adversely interfere with the anticipated U.S. Army Corps of Engineers [USACE] beachfill project.”
“Obviously it is very disappointing,” George Schweickert, vice president of fundraising for the Bay Head Preservation Alliance, said Wednesday.
“We’re considering an ap- peal and we’re looking for lawyers to help us out.” The letter of denial, obtained by The Ocean Star from the DEP July 12 states, “The Division of Land Use Regulation, acting under the provisions of New Jersey’s Coastal Zone Management Rules … has decided not to approve the Coastal Area Facilities Review Act [CAFRA] and Waterfront Development Individual Permit application … at this time.”
According to the document, the permit application proposed the maintenance and in-kind replacement of five timber groins, located on the oceanfront between Osborne Avenue and Chadwick Street, that were originally constructed in the 1950s.
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