City of Brigantine Bulkhead Ordinance

In any location in the City of Brigantine where bulkheads are to be constructed pursuant to any ordinance of the City or state or federal statute or regulation, such bulkhead shall be constructed, repaired or reconstructed to the following minimum specifications.

The elevation of the top of the bulkhead shall be a minimum of 11 feet above mean sea level on property fronting on the beach adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean north of the stone jetty on the northerly side of the Atlantic City Inlet and nine feet above mean sea level in all other areas.

Sheet piling shall have a penetration of solid ground of 1/2 of the length of the board. Sheet piling shall be a double row of two-by-ten-inch boards and shall be driven plumb with all joints tight.

Front piling shall have a minimum of twelve-inch diameter butts with the center to center spacing not to exceed five feet. Piling shall have a minimum penetration of five feet more than the sheet piling.

Wales shall be a minimum of six inches by six inches, spaced at three feet from center to center with a minimum of three wales per section. Every wale shall be bolted to each piling with three-fourths-inch diameter galvanized bolts. Splicing of wales shall be staggered so that no two joints will be at the same piling.

Back piling and drag planks shall be twenty-pound treated. Piling shall have twelve-inch diameter butts with the same penetration as front piling and shall be connected by the use of a three-by-ten-inch drag plank. Each front piling shall be connected to an individual back piling with a three-fourths-inch galvanized tie-rod.

[Amended 7-17-1991 by Ord. No. 7-1991]

All lumber and piling, except back piling and drag planks, shall be pressure-treated to a minimum retention of 25 pounds of creosote per cubic foot of wood.

[Amended 7-17-1991 by Ord. No. 7-1991]

All hardware shall be hot-dipped galvanized. All bolts and tie rods shall be a minimum of 3/4 inch in diameter, with the length of the tie rods being at least 16 feet.

A four-by-six-inch fascia board shall be constructed along the top of the bulkhead and shall be bolted to each pile and top wale with three-fourths-inch galvanized bolts. The top of the bulkhead shall be capped with three two-by-twelve-inch boards.

All cuts in treated timber shall be painted with at least two applications of hot creosote oil and covered with hot roofing pitch.

Notwithstanding the above, any other described bulkheading procedure, as approved and contained in the BOCA Code, shall be acceptable within the City of Brigantine.

[Added 7-17-1991 by Ord. No. 7-1991]

All private bulkheads within the City of Brigantine must be maintained in such a manner so the same are not injurious or dangerous to the health, safety or welfare of the citizens of Brigantine. Said bulkheads shall be kept in such a state of repair so as to maintain the filling in of land around and about said bulkhead to the grade above the mean high tide level as established for Brigantine and shall also be maintained to prevent erosion or damage to abutting, adjacent or adjoining properties.

[Added 5-19-1993 by Ord. No. 16-1993]

Any person or entity who violates this section of the Code of the City of Brigantine may be subject to a fine not to exceed $1,000 or jail time not to exceed 90 days, or both, in the discretion of the Municipal Court Judge of the City of Brigantine.

[Added 5-19-1993 by Ord. No. 16-1993]

No private contractor shall use a City street end or place any material, supplies or equipment on or over bulkheads at a City street end without first receiving specific written approval of the City of Brigantine. Any person or business entity who does not receive such permission and violates this subsection shall be subject to the penalties set forth in Subsection L as well as the cost to repair any and all damage which occurs on the City bulkhead, street or other City property. If any such damage occurs to the City street, bulkhead or other City property by an individual or business entity who has received written permission from the City of Brigantine pursuant to this subsection, said individual or business entity will specifically indemnify and hold harmless the City of Brigantine and be responsible for the cost of repair of any such damage or destruction to said City street, bulkhead or City property. Any individual or business entity who owes money to the City of Brigantine pursuant to this subsection and who has not paid the same can be denied the permission referred in this subsection and, after an appropriate hearing before the governing body of the City of Brigantine, can have the mercantile license of said individual and/or business entity revoked until such time as all costs for any such damage and destruction has been paid in full to the City of Brigantine.

[Added 11-13-2002 by Ord. No. 17-2002]

To the extent that a foreclosure complaint has been filed in any court within the State of New Jersey, § 127-1K as set forth above shall be enforceable against the bank, mortgage company, or other financial institution who is a holder of a mortgage on the property or who has instituted foreclosure proceedings.

[Added 10-17-2012 by Ord. No. 27-2012]

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