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‘Bulkheading Only Causes Further Erosion’

By Jim Harkins, Anglesea

To the Editor:

I can’t help but wonder, with all the drama between North Wildwood and the DEP about bulkheading to avoid any further erosion, can anyone explain how (at the northern reaches) from 2nd Avenue, along the entire JFK Boulevard, various entities have been allowed to build structures right up to the brink of the beach, without regards to future ocean natural movement removing the barrier sand? 

When I was growing up in the Anglesea portion of North Wildwood in the 1940s, we had very large sand dunes in the 2nd Avenue portion of the beach. And nothing was built on any portion of the land from Surf Avenue east to the ocean. 

Bulkheading only causes further erosion. This is evident at the 2nd Avenue waters’ edge, where there has been a drainage pipe sticking out several feet into the ocean since the JFK road was installed. I can still remember walking to the beach at 2nd after leaving Surf Ave. It was a rough road (no paving) full of tad poles and the like. That was a fun walk for children.

JIM HARKINS

Anglesea

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