If you are plesantly surprised this winter, that's great. NJ is breaking better than it has in 15 years. Most NJ pros will say the same thing- spots are back that haven't worked in a long time. That's from a little thing called Sandy. That will be over once this project happens.
We need to get off high horse. It took mother nature 6 hours to destroy what it took man decades to control. With the predicted hurricanes this season it will most likely be a spit in the ocean. Use the money for dunes and such. Just my two pennies.
I love pissing into the wind because I get piss like all over myself. The best is when the piss sprays on my lips and face because it makes me feel smart like an engineer.
Let the beach back in naturally and stop people from rebuilding homes on the ocean. Let them collect the insurance money and buy the lot from them and make it public preserved beach land My 2 cents.
Nags Head did a beach renourishment two summers ago, It destroyed all the sand bars but the spots they started early in the summer had a wave by the end of the summer early fall. It made for a summer full of shorepound but the bars came back
clearly the way they "engineer" the beaches up in monmouth is different than how they do it down here in cape may county.
BUT...the simple truth of my statement is proven by yours...& i think you're exaggerating about the 2-3 years. all storms relocate sand, calm summer waves push it back in (if you survey the same beach in the winter & in the summer, the slope won't be the same...beaches are steeper in the winter & flatter in the summer). that's the way it works. i can understand being upset about beach replenishment b/c of the recurring outlandish expense or the fact that it destroys complex intertidal ecosystems..those are valid concerns. but b/c it "destroys" a beach break? it'll be back; it always comes back.
Coastal developments are the cause of beach erosion AND the case for "replenishment".
I would encourage anyone who lives in MD to read about the current state of Assateague. It's shrinking, and the ultimate cause is the continued beach replenishment in Ocean City to the north. Sand dynamics is a VERY complex science. If we cannot get our politicians to agree on the simple things like evolution and a helio-centric solar system, how on Earth could we expect them to understand something far more sophisticated?
I wish I had an answer to that question...