Advocates push for alternatives to beach replenishment in NJ

They suggest relocating properties away from hazardous coastal areas, more buyout programs

Some Jersey Shore residents, as well as environmental and fishing groups, say beach replenishment projects are causing harm to communities, fish and green life and they’re calling on the state to find alternative ways to protect the shoreline from storms. State lawmakers are considering legislation that would double the amount of money for the state’s shore protection fund, which helps pay for beach replenishment projects, to $50 million.

Advocates say it’s a waste of money that could be used for other solutions like relocating properties away from hazardous coastal areas and more buyout programs.

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