Menendez, Chiesa Announce $12.9 Million in Federal Sandy Relief for the Jersey Shore

Menendez, Chiesa Announce $12.9 Million in Federal Sandy Relief for the Jersey Shore

Rebuilding Belmar’s boardwalk, repairs to Lavallette electrical facilities and BRSA utility

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Jeff Chiesa (R-NJ) today announced $12,929,118.83 in federal Sandy relief grants to Belmar, Lavallette and the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority. The funding is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance grant program.

"Nine months after Superstorm Sandy, New Jerseyans are walking down Belmar's new boardwalk, the lights are on in Lavallette, and our utilities are operating more reliably. These are just a few reasons why we fought so hard in Congress to get the federal Sandy relief we needed in New Jersey," said Senator Menendez, who helped lead the New Jersey delegation in the fight for federal Sandy relief. "It was the people of New Jersey's determination and cooperation that enabled us to accomplish as much as we did in the first nine months of our recovery. And I won't stop fighting for the federal resources we need until we fully recover and come back better and stronger than we were before the storm."

"These resources will help our communities continue repairing equipment and facilities severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy. New Jersey's ongoing recovery has relied a great deal on FEMA assistance, providing our cities and towns with the resources they desperately need," said Senator Chiesa. "In the immediate aftermath of Sandy, I saw the devastation the superstorm wreaked on our communities. As senator, I will continue to facilitate the good working relationship between New Jersey and the Federal government in meeting our state's needs."

The federal Sandy relief funding announced today includes:

  • $9,244,688.54 to the Borough of Belmar for repairs including:
    • replacing approximately 1,753 timber piles, 190,000 square feet of girders, stringers, and boardwalk deck.
    • replacing 19 sets of street-side and beachside stairs and concrete sidewalk, stairs and curbs adjacent to boardwalk, and the pedestrian ramps, and railings.
    • replacing the electrical system, 60 two-arm light poles and eight sewer, water, and electrical services including conduits.
    • replacing estimated 20 galvanized metal bicycle ramps, 40 concrete trash receptacles, 83 concrete park benches, and 9,500 LF of sand fencing.
    • replacing vehicle concrete ramps for beach access at 3rd Ave, 11th Ave, and 20th Ave.
    • replacing asphalt pavement and parking striping adjacent to boardwalk.
    • replacing playground equipment, consisting of climbing equipment, crawl tubes and slides, at four locations.

  • $2,340,295.70 to the Borough of Lavallette for repairing electrical distribution facilities damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

  • $1,344,134.59 to the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority for repair to three sewerage facilities that sustained storm damage to floors, ceilings, and walls, electrical and mechanical pump equipment including controls, motors, meters, valves, and circuits, and the fire alarm systems

In January, President Barack Obama signed the Superstorm Sandy Supplemental Appropriations bill into law, bringing the total Sandy aid enacted by Congress to $60.2 billion. The funding package included federal aid to help homeowners, businesses, and communities recover, and resources to rebuild coastal, transportation, and water infrastructure.

Public Assistance grants are awarded by FEMA on a rolling basis after receiving applications from the state, which coordinates the process with local governments.

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