ONE DREDGE DOWN, SEA ISLE CITY’S BEACH FILL ON HOLD

A beach fill project in Sea Isle City has been put on hold after a dredge became broken in Avalon. Avalon’s website says that the dredge “Alaska” has been taken away for repair work, and the dredge “Illinois” has moved to Avalon from Sea Isle City, to continue sand pumping. The “Alaska” had pumped new sand onto the Avalon beach from 9th Street south to 11th Street before the mechanical problems began. The “Illinois” will pick up the emergency beach fill operations where the “Alaska” had stopped. Approximately 600,000 cubic yards of sand will be pumped onto the Avalon beachfront from 9th Street south to 26th Street to re-nourish the beaches that were eroded during repeated coastal storms in the Fall/Winter of 2009-’10. Once the work is complete in Avalon, the dredge will return to Sea Isle City to finish a beach fill there.

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