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Ocean County comes to the rescue as Shore towns face hefty beach replenishment bills

Posted on September 20, 2022

Ocean County has agreed to pay half the local cost of the latest federal beach replenishment project, bringing welcome relief to barrier island towns that are struggling to pay their portion of the bill.

“They were very gracious and very helpful,” Bay Head Mayor William Curtis said following a Sept. 13 meeting that included barrier island mayors, Jack Kelly, director of the Ocean County Board of Commissioners, fellow Commissioner Gary Quinn and county Administrator Michael J. Fiure. “I couldn’t thank them more.”

Bay Head’s local share of the beach work is expected to be $1.4 million, a hefty amount for a small town with a $6 million budget. Neighboring Mantoloking’s bill is almost $1.3 million. Toms River has the highest estimated bill, at $2 million.

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