Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Beach Report: 'Home' is where the debris and sharp wooden instruments are, aka, your beach

The Nor'easter in its own understated way took a toll on the beaches that Sandy did not, in part because debris left by Sandy turned into munitions for a relentless multi-day high tide and flooding event.

Beach Report: 'Home' is where the debris and sharp wooden instruments are, aka, your beach

Damaged Ventnor Pier in March 2013, with the word "Home" scrawled into it.
Damaged Ventnor Pier in March 2013, with the word "Home" scrawled into it. Amy Rosenberg / Inquirer staff

 

I took this photo of the Ventnor Pier this weekend and only just noticed that it has the word "Home" scrawled into it. 

 

I was surprised to see all the damage to the Pier, which was not damaged by Sandy, despite persistent rumors that it had collapsed. But the Nor'easter that stalled off the coast the last few days (honestly, the ocean is still roaring), in its own understated way took a toll on the beaches that Sandy did not, in part because debris left by Sandy turned into munitions for a relentless multi-day high tide and flooding event. 

You can see how something rubbed up against the piling of the pier, probably banging against it repeatedly as the higher than normal tides persisted for days. A surfer dude I ran into who also works as a contractor for the Army Corps said it wasn't hard to figure out what had caused this - he had been dodging planks, and sharp boards and pieces of deck that still litter the beaches from Sandy. 

This kind of debris is all over the beaches, wood, metal, sharp remnants of the oddly-selected fencing posts more suitable to a suburban development or a farm than beach fencing which the Army Corps lined beach paths after completing their dunes. The beach itself is carved up, dunes that definitely protected property have taken a hit in some areas. I was suprised Saturday evening to see about half of the beach blocks in Margate flooded at high tide, nothing to stop the water from filing up the streets again. Defenses are down, barriers are compromised. It was a troubling storm and remains a troubling aftermath. 

 

Here's a piece of that bayonet-like fence post that is literally all over the beach now. Very sharp.

 

And some metal stuff for color I guess.

 

 

Here's one more photo of the damaged Ventnor Pier: 

And upbeach at States Avenue in Atlantic City, the collapsed Lifeguard Tent, a casualty of the Nor'easter, not Sandy.

 

- Amy S. Rosenberg

About this blog

Inquirer staff writer Amy S. Rosenberg has covered Philly police, city neighborhoods, Ed Rendell as mayor, the Jersey shore, Atlantic City, Miss America and the psychology of Eagles fans. She moved to Ventnor on July 3, 1995, which makes her a local, but not really.

Inquirer Staff Writer Jacqueline L. Urgo has spent every summer of her life at the Jersey Shore, and has lived there year-round for nearly 30 years, even fulfilling one of her bucket list dreams by once living in a house by the sea.

Since 1990, she has covered the waterfront for The Inquirer — from the Atlantic to the Delaware Bay shore — and some of the mainland in between. Along the way, she amassed an encyclopedic knowledge of this tear-it-down-and-build-it-back-up region, delving into the history and the hype of a place with a lot of unexpected stories to tell.

Amy S. Rosenberg
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