How to ease island flooding? Some Jersey shore towns are using bayside islets

Ocean City flooded by winter storm, jersey shore

AVALON ZOPPO / PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY – At Thursday’s high tide, a tiny tugboat named Bonnie pulled a red barge through Great Egg Harbor Bay.

It headed to Beesleys Point 2 miles away to be filled with up to 300 tons of rock before returning to Shooting Island, an eroding wetland within eyesight of Ocean City’s back bay.

As shore towns grapple with how to mitigate flooding, some are turning their attention away from building hard, concrete structures, such as seawalls, and toward restoring more natural barriers …

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