FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 16, 2011
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. Friday announced that the House approved $2.94 million for beach replenishment efforts in Port Monmouth, NJ in the Fiscal Year 2012 spending bill. The Senate is also expected to approve this funding allocation Friday, and it will then go to the President’s desk.
“Today’s vote is one of the final hurdles before the Army Corps can move forward with this important project,” said Pallone. “It was a hard-fought effort to fully fund it, but I’m satisfied with this allocation. Beach replenishment is crucial to the recreational uses of the shore as well as to providing a protective barrier.”
The U.S. Army Corps is currently on schedule to get the project under way in September 2012.
Pallone has worked with the Obama administration since the president took office to stress the importance of Army Corps of Engineers civil works projects, particularly the benefit of beach replenishment in New Jersey. He has worked hard over the past last few years to get earmark appropriations for Port Monmouth.
Prior to this allocation, $3.4 million has been banked, which when added to the $2.94 million dollars in the funding bill will total $6.4 million.