Coin Flip
Sea Isle City mayor Leonard Desiderio (left) and Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi, flip a coin atop the Ocean Drive Bridge which connecting the two cities, to determine which of their communities will receive sand first from a beach replenishment project that will reconstruct eroded beaches of both seashore towns. Avalon won on the first flip of the coins. Dale Gerhard

Avalon won a coin toss on the Townsends Inlet Bridge this morning, earning the first of two beach fill projects to start early May.

Avalon officials marched to the apex of the bridge waving an Avalon flag.

Police temporarily blocked bridge traffic for the flip.

Avalon and Sea Isle City are partnering on a $10.4 million beach replenishment that will stock 1.2 million cubic yards of sand on their beaches before July.

Avalon mayor Martin Pagliughi showed humility after his town won the coin toss.

"The most important thing is that this is a joint effort between the two towns," Pagliughi said.

Avalon business administrator Andrew Bednarek was a bit more boisterous.

"Happy days are here again," Bednarek said.

Check Thursday's edition of The Press for additional coverage.



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