Wildwoods Beach

$10 Million Emergency Beach Replenishment Dredging Project Announced in North Wildwood, NJ

The Wildwoods, NJ – May 7, 2024 – In an effort to address erosion challenges being faced at specific beaches in North Wildwood, a $10 million Emergency Beach Nourishment Dredging Project has been announced, just in time for the 2024 summer tourism season.

A joint statement issued by Governor Phil Murphy and North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello announced that, “through collaboration and bipartisan partnership, the State and North Wildwood have determined an interim solution to address beach replenishment in North Wildwood. The New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Office of Maritime Resources worked to design and authorize a North Wildwood Emergency Beach Nourishment Dredging project that will serve to protect the infrastructure, quality of life, and economy in North Wildwood until the Army Corps of Engineers and NJDEP are able to complete a long-term project. The current plan is underway and is expected to provide relief to the community over the next few months.”

The project is expected to pump at least 350,000 cubic yards of sand onto the North Wildwood beaches. This beach replenishment project is the second largest to date, and is surpassed only by a project in 2009, where 1.4 million cubic yards of sand was pumped onto the beach in North Wildwood.

The Wildwoods, NJ are renowned for its pristine five-mile stretch of free beaches, named ‘Best Beaches in New Jersey’ by USA Today. While a few beaches in North Wildwood have faced challenges with erosion, it is imperative to highlight that this issue does not cast a shadow over the entire resort’s coastline.

The majority of the Wildwoods’ shoreline stands resilient and unaffected, with certain areas even witnessing beach growth, further enhancing the allure of the destination. Officials’ implementation of ongoing measures to combat erosion in North Wildwood demonstrates a commitment to preserving the natural beauty that defines the Wildwoods, ensuring a sustainable and enjoyable experience for all.

“The Wildwoods remain steadfast in its commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable solutions, ensuring that future generations can continue to experience the unparalleled beauty of its beloved beaches,” explained Louis M. Belasco, Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) Executive Director.

The beaches are the perfect spot for swimming, soaking up the sun, and relaxing on a hot summer day. For those looking for some adventure, the Wildwoods’ beaches also serve as an ideal location for surfing, boogie boarding, paddle boarding, power boating, jet skiing, sailing, kayaking, and whale and dolphin watching. The best part is that the beaches are absolutely FREE to enjoy with no beach tags required. 

In the face of erosion challenges, the Wildwoods have embarked on beach replenishment projects that play a pivotal role in protecting and preserving coastal ecosystems. These initiatives not only safeguard habitats for marine life, birds, and plants but also serve as a natural barrier against storms, reducing the impacts of coastal flooding and erosion.

Maintaining healthy beaches through replenishment creates a crucial buffer zone that absorbs

wave energy, minimizing the risk of damage to coastal communities and infrastructure during storms. This protective shield extends to coastal properties, including homes, hotels, and businesses in the Wildwoods, enhancing property values, and ensuring the long-term stability of coastal communities.

Replenished beaches offer more than just protection; they provide increased public access to coastal areas, fostering opportunities for recreation, relaxation, and the enjoyment of nature. These accessible beaches promote physical and mental well-being, offering spaces for families, individuals, and communities to connect with nature and each other.

Throughout the season, the Wildwoods’ beaches also host several events, including championship soccer, lacrosse, and hockey tournaments, the National Marbles Championships, Monster Truck Races, Motocross Races, Sand Sculpting Festivals, headline concerts, the Wildwoods International Kite Festival, and so much more.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732. 



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