Hurricane Sandy really did a number on our Jersey shoreline. Six years later, we still suffer from its aftermath. The fallout from Sandy includes the Margate Dunes Project. Unfortunately, the newly formed dunes make it difficult for many elderly and physically limited individuals to enjoy our Jersey shores. One solution could be to rebuild the Margate Boardwalk. Some residents are for it. Others are against it. Which camp do you subscribe to?
Margate Dunes Project
While excavating sand for the Margate Dunes Project last year, the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) created another problem when significant “ponding” went into effect. This caused problems for beachgoers trying to access the beach, in turn, harming the local tourism industry. To combat this issue, the ACOE began installing a drainage system that seems to be helping the situation. However, this project is far from over. Officials say they plan to halt construction sometime this month and take it up again after the summer season.
Rebuilding the Margate Boardwalk
In 1944, the Great Atlantic hurricane ripped through the Jersey Shore, tearing up the beloved boardwalks that beachgoers enjoyed. Nearby Ventnor rebuilt theirs. Margate did not. Ventnor’s boardwalk ends right at the Margate/Ventnor border. Many residents want it extended along the Margate shoreline. This especially rings true after the dunes became a reality. Before the dunes, Margate residents could walk to several street ends and watch the waves at any time. Now, they only see a wall of sand.
Glenn Klotz and the Friends of the Margate Boardwalk want to convince the City to rebuild the boardwalk. Klotz believes the time for mourning the loss of what our beaches once were is over. Accept that they will never be exactly like they were before. Now we need to concentrate on making the beach accessible for everyone again. And they ask for your help to do so. Currently, the group requests only registered Margate voters join the group to discuss the various aspects of actually constructing the boardwalk, such as how much it would cost, how long it would take to build it, what it would look like, and how to present a convincing argument to City officials. Why just registered Margate voters? Because this issue could very well come up in the local 2019 election. If you’re interested in being a part of the group, visit the Friends of the Margate Boardwalk Facebook page or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
So, what do you think about rebuilding the Margate Boardwalk? Are you for it or against it? Why? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.