Brigantine could get more permanent beach protection in the coming years. That protection could come in the form of a longer seawall and/or beach front ‘groins’, also known as smaller jetties. This good news was shared on Wednesday night, May 3rd.
City Manager Stinson announced that The Army Corp of Engineers are seriously considering the installation of additional jetties, AKA: groins, along some of Brigantine’s beaches.
This could be a sign that State & Federal agencies are growing weary of seeing money & beach work get washed away each year due to erosion. Everybody wants a more permanent solution to this chronic coastal challenge.
Members of Brigantine City Council also announced that the north end beaches of Brigantine will get a much needed replenishment right after Labor Day. Better late than never. But we’ll take it.
Mayor Guenther: This is a significant development that the Army Corp of Engineers is showing interest in more Jetties, in Brigantine.
LISTEN to City Council talk about Brigantine Jetties.
Rockpile jetties, when built in strategic areas, help contain the sand and allows the beach to slowly grow, or maintain its size.
Placement of giant black rocks, that extend into the ocean, are easy to spot at the southern tip of Brigantine. This placement helps keep Absecon Inlet clear for boat passage. It also helped Brigantine dramatically grow it’s incredible beaches, dunes and thick brush along the southern shores. Wildlife thrives here too.
Groins are built to trap sand and stabilize a sandy beach. Jetties are typically a larger structures used to stabilize inlet channels. A groin is constructed across the beach, perpendicular to the shoreline, and is designed to trap sand.
There is a federal interest to review options and, Stinson told council on Wed. night. The city is looking for a funding partner, and it might just be the Department of Environmental Protection.