Nor’easter impacting Bay Head beachfront

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BAY HEAD — The local beachfront, which has experienced significant  erosion in recent months, appears to be taking another beating from the current nor’easter event.

“Our roads are clear and there are no problems at all that way but our beach is a mess. The beach really got hammered,” Mayor William Curtis told The Ocean Star Monday morning.

“We’re repairing the groins and we were working at Osborne [Avenue beach] and our chief of police requested that they get all the equipment off the beach because of the expected storm. They would have lost some good equipment had they not moved it off so most of it did get off the beach and piled up at the head of the access ramp for vehicles at North Street and on Karge [Street].”

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The Bay Head Groin Repair Project involves the rebuilding of five beach groins that extend vertically toward the ocean along the beachfront, from Osborne Avenue to Chadwick Street. It is designed to establish a fully functioning groin field, which officials said will help reduce sand erosion and potential wave damage.

Due to the inclement weather forecast, Bay Head Elementary School announced Sunday it would be closed Feb. 1, with students enjoying a snow day and no virtual learning. Aside from concerns surrounding the local beachfront, officials told The Ocean Star the borough came out relatively unscaved from the recent nor’easter.

“We are in good shape. Our guys plowed until 2:30 this morning and they put brine on the road yesterday afternoon and they are clear, they were clear last night, so they are just watching what is happening up at the beach but right now honestly it just looks like it is raining here at the moment in Bay Head,” Mayor Curtis said.

“The county did a good job. They got the roads plowed, at least on Bay Avenue and Osborne and Bridge [Avenue] so all our roads are open.”

Mayor Curtis confirmed this evening’s borough council meeting will be held as scheduled at 7 p.m., which community members are able to attend from the comfort of their own homes using the access link posted to the municipal website.

“I did not close the [borough] office today and as far as flooding there isn’t anything drastic that I have heard about. I am going to go out and check for myself but right now we are ok,” he said.

Chief of Police William Hoffman also addressed the situation at the local beachfront.

“We’re in pretty good shape but our beach erosion is terrible already. This morning at the high tide it was already up into the dune systems,” he told The Ocean Star.

“Right now we don’t have any back bay flooding because when we have a nor’easter the winds push the bay out but when this storm turns around probably later tonight or tomorrow and comes back out to south or southwest we are probably going to have back bay flooding.

“We had a couple extra guys in but nothing really crazy going on. The streets are clean, DPW did them good and the county and the state so we are just monitoring the beach erosion really. We are not going to have much beach left after this because it is such a long two-day event and we still have to get through another high tide tonight and another high tide tomorrow morning so the water is just pounding against the dunes right now. We already lost quite a bit of the beach if not all of it in some areas. It wasn’t good even before the storm but now this storm has really taken its toll.”

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