13th Street beach in Avalon

Avalon’s 13th Street beach on Saturday, October 12th. Photo by Avalon Business Administrator Scott Wahl

Avalon’s hydraulic beach fill could begin during the afternoon hours of Friday, October 18th.  Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company informed the Borough that the dredge “Illinois” is currently in Cape May and is expected to leave Cape May early Friday morning.  Sand may be pumped on the 9th Street beach as early as Friday afternoon.  All of the equipment has arrived for the beach fill project, except for an additional 1,000 feet of pipe which will arrive soon and access the beach at the 32nd Street beach path.

The Avalon Borough Council approved, on a 4-0 vote, an emergency appropriation for the Borough’s contribution to this beach fill project.  Partners at the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection are planning to add more sand to the project.  The base bid is 425,000 cubic yards of sand to be placed between 9th-20th streets.  It is anticipated that either Option 1 (250,000 cubic yards) or Options 2 and 3 (combined 175,000 cubic yards of sand) will be added to the project.  It is also possible that the project may extend slightly beyond 20th Street.  The Borough lost an additional 100 feet of beachfront during the Columbus Day nor’easter identified as Melissa.

Individuals with beach vehicle permits will be directed to avoid the project area as the north end beach will be under construction for several weeks.  Also, some beach access points in the north end of Avalon are closed to pedestrian access as they are both unsafe, and in the middle of the project area.