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 has been replaced by a staging ground for beach fill pipes (Above, that's my pal and Boardwalk maven Bobby Perloff riding by).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.