>It’s good to see Congressman Frank Pallone working to bring home the bacon for his constituents. The $7.5 million that he has secured for beach replenishment and other much needed projects along the Northern Monmouth bayshore area, as well as other parts of his district, will go a long way towards keeping Jersey shore and the communities that boarder it safe from flooding and economically vibrant for the small businesses that rely on it for their livelihoods.
From today’s Asbury Park Press
Monmouth County beaches got a boost when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers allocated $7.5 million in replenishment funds that was requested by U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., for Monmouth Beach and northern Long Branch.
Pallone made the announcement Wednesday of the allocation of $7.5 million in beach funding, plus the approval of Army Corps funding for Shark River dredging and for two engineering and feasibility studies in the Shore area.
The $7.5 million will go to fund beach replenishment in Monmouth Beach and possibly parts of northern Long Branch. That federal money will be added to about $2.5 million in federal funds on hand and added to state funds to provide a total of $12 million to $14 million that will allow the Army Corps to begin the projects later this year.
“This funding is vitally important for the Shore and I commend the Army Corps of Engineers for responding to my funding request for these projects,” Pallone said in a release.
The funds were approved as part of the fiscal year 2011 continuing resolution approved in April that funded the government through the end of the year.
The Army Corps also approved funding for three additional projects. The South River Flood Control Project received $250,000 to continue with the engineering and design phase. The Corps allocated $496,650 to the Shark River maintenance dredging project to dredge the river’s inlet this year. A $207,000 allocation will allow completion of a feasibility study for the Raritan and Sandy Hook Bay, Highlands project.