Authorities say John Crimmins was with friends in the ocean off of Mantoloking when he suddenly disappeared from their sight around 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
The missing swimming was found dead in the surf about a half-hour later near Strickland Street, authorities said.
A four-mile steel wall is going up along the Jersey Shore beachfront, in one of the biggest projects that New Jersey will undertake to keep residents safe from storms like Superstorm Sandy.
Two police officers from Herndon, Virginia drove to Connecticut Wednesday, to return signs stolen from playgrounds built to honor two victims of the massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown.
A Virginia man who believes the Sandy Hook school shootings were a hoax has been charged in the theft of two memorial signs in New Jersey and Connecticut – both dedicated to child victims of those shootings.
The steel sea wall is meant as a short-term protective measure, to be complemented by an extensive beach widening and dune construction project being planned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Mayor George Nebel said the recalculation is necessary due to the severe damage the Ocean County borough sustained in the storm.
With the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaching, New Jersey took two big steps Wednesday toward protecting its still-vulnerable coastline from future storms.
Verizon spokesman Lee Gierczynski said Sandy damaged the old copper telephone wire network in the community beyond repair. He said the company does not intend to rebuild the lines or bring in a fiber-optic cable system.
Instead of costly replacement to copper wiring lost in Sandy, Verizon is using Fire Island as test case, offering all 300 permanent residents and dozens of businesses a wireless alternative it calls Voice Link.
Britain’s Prince Harry began a tour Tuesday of New Jersey’s storm-damaged coastline, inspecting dune construction, walking past destroyed homes and shaking hands with police and other emergency workers with Gov. Chris Christie as his guide.
Harry will be arriving in New York City on Monday before heading to the Jersey shore on Tuesday, where he’ll tour communities that were damaged by Superstorm Sandy, including Mantoloking and Seaside Heights.
Some debris removal has already started in Mantoloking and the first of 50 storm-wrecked houses should be demolished on Wednesday.
Crews have been working for months trying to clear New Jersey’s waterways after the storm dumped everything from houses to boats into bays, channels, rivers, inlets and other coastal waters.
Mantoloking is planning to use eminent domain to take control of small strips of land from oceanfront homeowners holding up a beach replenishment project.