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Destroyed Third Avenue Beach Now Staging Area for Sand Pile

Sifter at work as bulldozers push sand that spread throughout Ortley Beach

The dunes washed away, and the boardwalk planks beyond them disappeared, spreading a thick layer of ocean water and beach sand throughout the barrier island due to Hurricane Sandy.

Recreating the dunes, and clearing Toms River streets of more than a foot of displaced sand, became related problems that has turned the destroyed Third Avenue beach in Ortley Beach into a sand dumping ground.

There, where a giant parking lot, gazebo, lifeguard station and boardwalk once stood, Third and Ocean is now flattened by the storm or part of a giant mountain of sand.

The sand was pushed there by heavy construction equipment, said Toms River Office of Emergency Management Director Paul Daley. The sand had traveled throughout the island, and was pushed back on the former parking lot as a means to both clear the island of the muck but to also salvage some of the sand for beach rebuilding projects.

A mechanical sifter turns and turns, filtering out any debris from the sand. The barrel of the heavy piece of equipment turning like a hampster cage, a chute fills it with sand. Any garbage collected out of the sand falls out of the machine.

"It's amazing what this equipment filters out, the tiniest pieces," Daley said. Regulations require the sand be a certain quality in order to be reused.

The machine not only aids in properly disposing of garbage, but it's a form of recycling.

"The idea is this sand will be reused," Daley said. "That's sand the township doesn't have to go and buy."

Toms River previously awarded a $1.3 million contract to Earle Asphalt to rebuild the dunes.

In addition, officials estimated more than 300 trucks full of sand are driving over the Route 37 bridge and onto the barrier island to rebuild the dunes as they once were.

skizma December 04, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Can you edit the article to say "sifter" not shifter? lolol....
Jrzgirlzz December 04, 2012 at 12:31 PM
@kathleen - we have set up a lost and found for every beach on the barrier island on facebook - Just search your beach and lost and found on Facebook and you will see there are quite a few residents posting items they have lost and items they have found. - I hope you find what you're looking for. Ortley Beach Lost and Found Normandy Beach Lost and Found Mantoloking Lost and Found Seaside Heights Lost and Found Lavallette Lost and Found Monterey, Chadwick and Silver Beach Lost and Found Ocean Beach Lost and Found
Martin December 04, 2012 at 01:32 PM
...and correct "heavey"
Random Poster December 04, 2012 at 09:00 PM
i hope the county officials and the NJDEP can both agree to keep this piece of equipment in ocean county for a while or add more of them, and the NJDEP grants "quick" approval to dredge the bay from inlet to inlet on advantage of 2 to 5 feet, cleaning all dredged sand of foreign debris, stack on land and use for beach/dune replenishment. as i see it, it will serve two purposes.. #1,being providing material(natural sand) to replenish beaches/dunes in the area. #2,getting all the debris out of the bay, both "things" already there and "things" added by sandy. making the bay a cleaner habit for marine life that use to flourish, and lensing the navigational hazards for boaters. if the people over in dubi can use dredging/relocation of sand to create a palm shaped/world shaped islands, i am sure we could get it to work here in jersey and both provide cleaner bays for marine life and make the "barrier island" more of a livable barrier just my $0.02
shorefriend December 05, 2012 at 07:26 PM
good idea!!

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