For Immediate Release

February 6, 2006

 

                                                                                                           

CONGRESSMAN LoBIONDO, STATE & LOCAL OFFICIALS KICK-OFF BRIGANTINE ISLAND BEACH REPLENISHMENT PROJECT

 

BRIGANTINE, N.J. - Congressman Frank LoBiondo (N.J.-02) was joined today at a press conference by Brigantine Mayor Philip Guenther and representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to formally kick-off the Brigantine Island beach replenishment project.   

"I am pleased the Brigantine Island beach replenishment project is set to begin. Today's announcement represents our continued commitment to ensuring the economic well-being of Brigantine," said Congressman LoBiondo, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. "Ensuring federal funds for beach replenishment projects are available is critical to protecting the environment and local tourism-driven economies of coastal communities across Southern New Jersey. I will continue to work for additional funding until this project is completed."

The Brigantine Island project runs approximately 1.8 miles from north of the seawall at the shore-side end of Brigantine Avenue to immediately south of 15th Street South. The project entails placing approximately 700,000 cubic yards of sand along the route, with re-nourishment every three (3) years over the next 50 years. Initial construction costs are estimated at $4.5 million with the federal government bearing just over $3 million of the cost and the state and local share at just over $1.5 million. 

 

            "This project is vital to securing the property and infrastructure within the city of Brigantine, as well as to provide for a recreational beach for our residents and visitors," said Mayor Philip Guenther.

           

LoBiondo secured authorization for the project within the Water Resources Development Act of 1999, and has subsequently secured the necessary federal funding for feasibility studies, planning, and construction costs. Since 1995, LoBiondo has secured more than $140 million for Southern New Jersey projects classified as: beach replenishment, dredging, flood control, and environmental restoration.

 

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Jason P. Galanes

Press Secretary

Congressman Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02)

225 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

202.225.6572

202.374.1914 (cell)

202.225.3318 (fax)

 
















February 6, 2006