Deeper Lagoons and Wider Beaches: Where and When

Update on status of bayside dredging and beach replenishment projects.

At Thursday's City Council meeting, Ocean City Business Administrator Mike Dattilo updated council members on two long-awaited projects: dredging bayside lagoons to make them deeper for boat traffic and pumping sand onto oceanside beaches to make them wider.



When: Dredging started at 2 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 27). The city has a permit to dredge through Nov. 30. The city has applied to the state Department of Environmental Protection for an extension in case work is not complete by then — even though the city, at this point, anticipates work being complete before the end of November. Dredges will work seven days a week starting at 7 a.m., except on Sundays, when work will start at 8 a.m.

Where: The dredging started at the mouth of South Harbor Lagoon (between Spruce and Tennessee avenues. It will continue to include all lagoons and channels between 16th and 34th streets.

More Info: City Council Approves $1.8 Million Dredging Project



When: A contract was awarded by the Army Corps of Engineers on Sept. 13. The project is expected to start in Brigantine in November and move to Ocean City starting in late February or early March.

Where: The project will extend from the jetty at Seaspray Road to about 12th Street.

More Info: Council Approves Spending for Beach-Widening Project


Citizen against tax payer abuse September 28, 2012 at 05:51 PM
The people who live on the lagoons and benefit from them should being collectivley paying for them. Why should taxpayers pay for the dredging of lagoons so the rich folks can park their boats. They can afford the homes why not chip in and dredge them.
regina September 28, 2012 at 06:52 PM
No the rest of us should not be paying for the lagoons - only the bay front owners and boat owners and of course the south end will not get the beach replenishment. In Ocean City, only the IN crowd gets their needs met. The south enders pay taxes and get ignored by the Mayor. None of us are his buddies
Bill Potter September 29, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Bill Potter I'd like to confirm Steve Glaspey's comment - municipal front end loader working around the 57th Street beach, unsupervised, moving sand at 4 - 4:30 AM (yes AM) from the surf at low tide to the dune line. The 57th to 58th Street beach is getting narrower because of this work and this portion of beach was MIA several times this summer during high tides. I guess we don't pay enough taxes to get the Town's attention at the South End - not to mention the possible illegal movement of beach sand by municipal workers. Hey, contractors can't work at those times of the day without getting cited by the Municipal Code Officials. Lots of double standards!!!!!
phyllis September 29, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Bill, maybe you should report this work in the early morning hours to the NJDEP. Possibly this work is illegal. Many in the south end are afraid to speak up and demand their rights - don't be afraid. Call the 4th ward councilman and make your feelings known.
Duffer September 29, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Some of the dredging responses above are cute. The thing is though that government created the dredging problem which now makes it prohibitively expensive to dredge. There was a time when you could dredge marinas and lagoons without mountains of red tape and without miles and miles of pipe because there are so few spoils sites where you can now deposit the mud. At one time people were more important than sacrosanct mud. Dredging is a very inexpensive thing to do if you eliminate the red tape.


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