A long-awaited beach replenishment project is getting underway on one of New Jersey's top vacation spots.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is starting work Thursday in Ship Bottom on a $128 million project that will restore nearly 13 miles of beaches and dunes on Long Beach Island.
The island was severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
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The work is part of a $1.2 billion appropriation by Congress to return the beaches to a better condition than they were in before the storm hit.
The state Environmental Protection Department says about 50 out of 850 homeowners who need to sign easements permitting the work still have not done so.
But they are all in Long Beach Township, where the work doesn't begin until June.