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Belmar, N.J. To Construct Dune To Protect New Boardwalk

Sturdy Dunes Will Prevent Damage From Future Hurricanes
Reconstruction of the boardwalk in Belmar - Jan. 9, 2013 (credit: Tim Larsen / Governor's Office)

Reconstruction of the boardwalk in Belmar – Jan. 9, 2013 (credit: Tim Larsen / Governor’s Office)

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BELMAR, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The New Jersey town of Belmar has begun taking more steps to prevent damage from future hurricanes.

As WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported, now that the Federal Emergency Management Agency will foot 90 percent of the bill for damage from Superstorm Sandy, Belmar has been drawing up plans to engineer a dune system to protect the new boardwalk.

Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty said the dunes will be sturdy, with “30 foot long pieces of steel driven into the sand and down 26 feet so then the bulkhead stands out 4 feet — maybe higher in some places; but basically, 4 feet. Cover that with sand and then plant, install plants on top of it so aesthetically it looks like a natural dune.”

The $6 million dune will shield the $8 million boardwalk from future hurricanes.

The boardwalk reopened in May, after its predecessor was destroyed by Sandy on Oct. 29 of last year.

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