Saturday, January 31, 2015

Now? U.S. Army Corps arrives in Ventnor

They're here. U.S. Army Corps, with its impeccable timing, has washed ashore in Ventnor just in time to mess up Tuesday night volleyball (and replenish the beach).

Now? U.S. Army Corps arrives in Ventnor

 

Ah, the unwanted shore guest. This summer, in Ventnor, it's not your distant cousin or the long lost
childhood pal who just found out _ longlost childhood pal likes this!_ you have a house at the shore.
It's the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. And they're bringing big pipes and taking your spot on the sand.
On the upside, they promise to leave the place better than they found it. Seems the Corps was already replenishing the beaches in Atlantic City near the inlet (and the new multigazillion dollar Revel hotel casino project) and let the downbeach cousin know that if they ever wanted that beach replenishment, it was now or never. So in they marched, with their supersized beach vehicles, blocks of pipes, and hard hats walking the boardwalk. Should be all over in two weeks or so, but in the meantime, Tuesday night Suffolk Avenue beach volleyball < script src="tinymce/tiny_mce-3.2.7/themes/advanced/langs/en.js" type="text/javascript"> has been replaced by a staging ground for beach fill pipes (Above, that's my pal and Boardwalk maven Bobby Perloff riding by). And a nice kaboom accompanied bikers on their morning ride. But who can blame city officials for giving the go ahead? At low tide, the beaches from around Newport on South to the Margate border are non-existent, with steep cliffs that this winter eroded before your very eyes as the waves lapped up against them. Let's just hope it doesn't last long, as, frankly, July is the time you want to be using your beach, not fixing your beach. 

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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