Senators Applaud Reopening Of New Jersey Beaches

Senators Applaud Reopening Of New Jersey Beaches

Menendez, Lautenberg praise work of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Washington - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) praised the work of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who successfully removed unexploded munitions from the beaches of Surf City, New Jersey. In a March 2007 letter, the Senators had called for the beaches to be re-opened by Memorial Day weekend, and today they applauded the successful effort.

"We called for the beaches to be cleaned by Memorial Day and have been applying pressure to ensure the project's speedy conclusion and I am glad the Army Corps of Engineers was able to complete the job in time," said Menendez. "This weekend is the official start of the summer season, and as all New Jerseyans know, the shore is synonymous with summer. I am glad that residents and tourists alike will be able to enjoy our beaches in a safe and fun manner. My thanks go out to the Army Corps of Engineers who conducted this cleanup safely and quickly, to the benefit of our state's economy and beachgoers."

"This is exciting news," Lautenberg said. "Thousands of families will now get to enjoy Surf City this summer thanks to the hard work of the Army Corps. The beach's opening is a relief to all of us and the Corps must continue to monitor the area to assure residents and tourists that the beaches are safe."

The unexploded munitions, which dated back to World War II, were found in early March during a beach replenishment project conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, according to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

To view the original letter, visit: http://menendez.senate.gov/pdf/surfcitybeachcleanupmarch2007.pdf

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