Final easement secured for Mantoloking beach fill

The beach at Mantoloking. FILE PHOTO / THE OCEAN STAR

MANTOLOKING — The Department of Environmental Protection has secured the easement to the final property necessary to proceed with the US Army Corps of Engineers [ACE] beach replenishment project in the borough, though the matter of scheduling is still to be determined.

Superior Court Judge Marlene Lynch Ford awarded the property easement for the final property, known as Option Nine, to the DEP on Nov. 8, according to Borough Engineer Robert Mainberger.

Option Nine and a previously awarded easement known as Option 11 were both necessary to complete the northern section of the borough.

With the final easement secured, the contractor, Weeks Marine, may now complete the dune along the entire stretch of Mantoloking beachfront.

However, the contractor is only obligated to complete the base bid, which includes all but two of the properties, at this time. “

There has been no final determination by the contractor as to what point in the overall construction activities schedule that the Option 11 and Option Nine work would be conducted,” Mr. Mainberger said.

“Obviously Mantoloking Borough would prefer it be done along with the base bid work but there is no contractual requirement to do it at that point in time, just that eventually it must be done within the overall contract limits for the base bid plus the appropriate time extensions that were added for each option as they were exercised.”

However, officials assured, the entirety of Mantoloking’s beachfront will be replenished before the project, spanning from the Manasquan Inlet to Berkley Township, is completed.

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