Number of the Day: $30.6 million

May 15, 2013 | Number of The Day

Official delegations to the Jersey shore were heralded in the news Tuesday, as U.S. Senator Robert Menendez cited his December tour of three shore towns with his Senate colleagues as a factor in winning a $30.6 million federal grant for beach replenishment.

That announcement was overshadowed, however,by the visit of the U.K.’s Prince Harry to Seaside Heights Gov. Chris Christie squired the prince along the boardwalk, and later presented the man who is third in line to the British throne with his very own monogrammed fleece, similar to the one worn by Christie throughout the Hurricane Sandy crisis.

Menendez and fellow U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers $30.6 million grant would be used to replenish the beaches along Long Beach Island, specifically Harvey Cedars, Surf City, and Brant Beach.

The corps is dumping 16 million cubic yards of sand to restore beaches in New Jersey. According to Menendez, who cited his December delegation of U.S. Senators to battered Long Beach Island as a factor in its winning congressional approval, the corps is using language to rebuild to “design” conditions instead of “pre-storm” conditions. This means that they will be built to be stronger than they were before the storm.