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Beach Replenishment Efforts Under Way Along Jersey Shore

ALLENHURST, N.J. (CBSNewYork) -- Efforts were under way this week to replenish the sand on the beaches between Monmouth and Cape May counties in New Jersey.

As WCBS 880's Levon Putney reported, the iconic Asbury Park convention hall stands just to the south down the shoreline in Allenhurst. But U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) said it is the last section of Monmouth County that has not undergone replenishment.

Beach Replenishment Efforts Under Way Along Jersey Shore

A barge has been sucking up sand offshore and bringing it in – part of a $96 million replenishment project, Pallone said.

"It's 100 percent federal funding because it was authorized before Sandy," he said.

Protective dunes are not part of the replenishment.

"The state is requesting, or will be requesting, to the Army Corps (of Engineers) to come back and look at whether dunes make sense or not here," Pallone said.

State Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin said some areas in Monmouth may not need dunes, and may need other protective measures. Also, some towns have already put in sand dunes, Martin said.

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