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MANTOLOKING — Officials now anticipate the federal beach replenishment project will begin in late September in the borough, according to the latest status update. During the borough’s Aug. 8 pre-council meeting, Councilman Chris Nelson told residents the sand pumping is set to begin on Sept. 20. “I’m saying that with fingers crossed,” said Councilman Nelson. Originally, the project was set to begin in the borough in June and was later delayed to August. However, due to delays in the Atlantic City beach replenishment — which utilized the cutter head dredge, the type of dredge machine required for the Mantoloking project — the date was pushed back. According to Councilman Nelson, the Atlantic City project is set to be completed within two to three weeks, at which time the cutter head dredge will be made available to the borough. Once the borough dredge begins, Councilman Nelson said the project — which will pump sand from an offshore pump site onto the borough’s beaches — should take between 70 and 75 days and will extend from the Bay Head border to Stephens Place.