Sandy’s level of devastation across the Jersey Shore became a wake-up call about beachfront protection to officials here – so much so that towns are about to spend several million in taxpayer dollars to bolster their fragile shores. Officials from the superstorm Sandy-shattered towns of Brick, Mantoloking, Seaside Heights and Bay Head are turning to costly, alternative protection plans such as walls of rocks, metal sheet piles and large pillow-like sand bags called geotubes while others along the island simply are rebuilding their dunes…Norbert Psuty, a professor emeritus at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University, doesn’t think a mixed line is the best approach. The projects would interact with water differently, Psuty said.
/ / / WATCHDOG: Beach protection but at what price? Shore towns weigh options