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Stormy Winter Shrinks Some NJ Beaches, But Shore Towns Are Ready

A stormy winter chewed up New Jersey's beaches more than usual, requiring greater efforts to restore them before the summer crowds hit the sand.

In some places, erosion and beach loss was greater this past winter than it was after Superstorm Sandy in 2012, while other places appeared to come through the winter relatively unscathed.

With Memorial Day crowds a week away from storming the coast, beachgoers will find the Jersey shore ready for visitors, even if some spots are narrower than they were last year.

Some shore towns trucked in sand while others bulldozed it to repair the winter damage.

Jon Miller, a coastal expert with Stevens Institute of Technology, says much of the sand that was lost to the storms is now sitting in sand bars offshore.

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