NJ Shore Towns Opt for Steel Sea Walls

The walls will be placed between the boardwalk and the shoreline as towns rebuild from Hurricane Sandy.

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013  |  Updated 6:44 AM EDT
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NJ Shore Towns Opt for Steel Sea Walls

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Foundations and pilings are all that remain of brick buildings and a boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, after they were destroyed when a powerful storm that started out as Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the East Coast on Monday night. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Some New Jersey shore towns are opting for an additional layer of protection in the form of steel sea walls placed between the boards and the shoreline as they spend millions to rebuild boardwalks wrecked by Superstorm Sandy,

  But not everyone is convinced the costly add-ons will work in the next storm.
 
Belmar and Seaside Heights have decided to add sea walls in front of their boardwalks. Spring Lake is considering doing so.
 
The projects involve burying steel sheets in the sand, with 4 or 5 feet sticking out. They would be covered with sand and dune plantings.
 
The idea is to protect boardwalks and nearby homes from storm surges.  But some say the barriers actually worsen erosion as waves scour the sand at the base of the walls

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