Wednesday, July 29, 2009

An explanation of the 'Strathmere Moat'

From the Strathmere Improvement Associations - "Finally, here is a response to several questions generated after our e-mail message on the beach replenishment. Several of you asked why there has been a "moat" left at the end of Seaview, instead of covering the rocks with sand."

"The on-site project manager for the State of New Jersey informed us that when the State granted an emergency permit to Upper Township to place the rocks to save Seaview last October, it told them they could do it without a permit from the Army Engineers but would have to follow up with a permit. Apparently, Upper never did. Consequently the contractor cannot build the new sand onto those rocks. Upper is belatedly applying to the Corps of Engineers for a permit for the rocks so the sand can go up there. Hopefully enough sand has been left for this purpose.

Note that the contractor has covered the rocks on the State Park portion of the project..."

Reminder - Greg Bennett Art Show starts this weekend!

Last Light
5” x 7” Oil on Linen

Greg Bennett
2009 Exhibition

Opening Reception August 1, 2009
From 7PM – 10PM

Peter Mcphee Fine Arts

9416 Second Ave. Stone Harbor, NJ 08247

Exhibition continues through September 2, 2009

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

8/2 - Fire Prevention Day, sponsored by Strathmere Volunteer Fire and Rescue

Fire Prevention Day -
Sunday August 2nd from 2-4PM

Sponsored by Strathmere Volunteer Fire and Rescue at the firehouse.

Hot dogs, drinks and ice cream will be providided.

There will be educational information tables on fire prevention and safety, traffic safety and boating safety.

Several new suprises for the kids including a "special mascot appearance."

All are welcome to come, Please stop by!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Point photos 7/27/09

Schiavo Library Announces Author Visit 7/29

Popular local authors, Susan and Fred Miller, will be visiting the Schiavo Library in Strathmere on Wednesday, July 29 from 11AM until 1PM to discuss their latest book, Ocean City Baby Parade. The pair has also written other books about the areaincluding, New Jersey's Southern Shore, which features a chapter on Strathmere, NJ. Community residents, Gwen and Bruce Riordan, contributed postcards for that title.

Schiavo Library members can pre-order a copy of this title or other books by the Millers at Sun Rose Words and Music (756 Asbury Ave., Ocean City) and the authors will autograph the books following their presentation. By showing their Schiavo Library card at the bookstore, Schiavo Library members will receive a discount on the purchase of the Miller's books.

The Schiavo Library is located at 801 South Commonwealth Avenue in Strathmere, NJ.

Contact the library by phone (609) 486-6265 or visit the website for further information.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Beach photos Sunday 7/26/09

From the corner of Neptune & Seaview -

From the entrance to the State park, looking towards the Ocean, as they work on rebuilding the Point -

Friday, July 24, 2009

Beach Replenishment 7/24/09

Click images for larger views.

Standing at the former entrance to the State park, looking towards the Ocean -

Looking north straight towards OC - this is what's left of the Point, for now.
I can't wait to see it filled in.

A little towards the Ocean, with the worker's markers in place.

Looking towards the Bay -

A closer view of the trucks at work -

I'm very happy to tell you that you can no longer see the Ocean when you stand on the street at the corner of Seaview & Neptune!

I still see knuckleheads climbing on those rocks.

I didn't climb on any rocks, but I admit that I did climb that pile of dirt where the steps used to be on Seacliff, to get this shot

Looking south from Winthrop Dunes. The beach at Winthrop was still closed today, but all beach points south were packed with people.

Looking straight out to the Ocean from Winthrop Dunes

Looking slightly north from Winthrop Dunes

On the beach at Williams, looking North

Walking over the pipe at Williams Beach, looking North . . .
And looking South

Tons of people enjoying lots of fresh beach

The seagulls aren't upset about the pipes.

Beach replenishment photos from the Strathmere Improvement Association

Pix compliments of the Strathmere Improvement Association - click images for larger views -

If you have not been in Strathmere since they started pumping last Friday, you will be amazed at how much has happened. Here are a few pictures to give you a feel for it...

The first six pictures were taken Saturday, 7/18. This one shows pumping at the end of Sumner.

Here is the dredge in the background

The big "tripod" rolls back and forth from the beach into the surf and measures the depth of the sand...

The sand is caught in a big "cage" as it comes out of the pipe - to catch anything we don't want on the beach...

Here they are Saturday afternoon.

Here's the way we'll be getting to the beach for awhile - up and over the pipe!

By Sunday they were pumping between Williams and Winthrop, with the sandy water flowing toward Seacliff...

Here comes more sand!

Here's how it looked as the sand heads for the rocks...

And here it comes down toward the rocks... (Sunday, 7/19)

By Monday the sand was approaching the rocks!

On Tuesday, the beach had become huge opposite the rocks...

And by Wednesday, 7/22, the sand towered over the rocks!

Starting to look like the dune we used to climb over at the end of Seacliff! 4:20 pm (7/22)

We understand that the NJ DEP has received approval to extend the replenishment of the "Point" area out some 400 feet from the toe of the dune (actually the rocks along the steel bulkhead put in by the residents on Seacliff) This is great news!

Pix compliments of the Strathmere Improvement Association

Butch Vandegrift Ken Weaver Donna Diefenderfer Debbie Vandegrift
President Vice-President Treasurer Secretary