DEP unveils Jenkinson’s beach wall project

POINT PLEASANT BEACH — While the rest of northern Ocean County will have a dune system, the beach at Jenkinson’s will have a steel wall. For two years Jenkinson’s Pavilion has been battling the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection [DEP] in the courts over the inclusion of its beach in the federally funded dune replenishment program aimed at preventing Superstorm Sandy-level storms from wreaking havoc on shore towns. That battle appears to be drawing to a close as both sides look to be willing to compromise. “Jenkinson’s, as part of a settlement on this lawsuit, is proposing that they will provide at their expense to build a project on their own to provide the same level of protection as the federal project would have provided to the borough,” Bill Dixon, director of coastal engineering for the DEP, said during the July 18 borough council meeting. That is consisting of a steel, sheet pile bulkhead that they are designing at their expense.”

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