BRADLEY BEACH — The borough council approved an ordinance Wednesday authorizing a state grant application for the proposed extension of the promenade from Third Avenue to Avon-By-The-Sea.
The project would also include extension of the bulkhead, which was damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, to Mayor Larry Fox.
The borough engineer, Ben Matlack, will be filing the grant application to the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
The resolution was initiated because the town took a major hit after Hurricane Sandy a decade ago. Since, there is very little protection to the Southern third of Bradley Beach. The extension of new territory “makes a lot of sense” to the council.
Councilman John Weber is not sure if this will work but feels that, “This is the right thing to do.”
There is 100 million dollars earmarked in the state budget, “If we can slice off a piece of that, this is a multi year project that I think makes a lot of sense.” said Mayor Larry Fox.
The plans to extend the bulkhead for coastal resilience were included in the 2014 Master Plan. The Grant Application is a lengthy process. After the application is approved the council will be able to further the design plans and decide on exactly where it will be and what it would look like. According to Mayor Fox, the extension could take 2024 to plan and begin construction in 2025.
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