Longport has completed work on the 11th Avenue revetment, a rock sea wall facing the Great Egg Harbor Inlet that was seriously damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
Meanwhile, the borough is moving ahead with plans for its annual Labor Day fireworks display, despite an $1,800 shortfall in fundraising that officials attribute to the lingering effects of October's storm.
Engineer Dick Carter said the stone and concrete portions of the $500,000 revetment project have been completed. The final step is to complete paving along the adjacent road, which he hopes will be completed before the Labor Day weekend.
This fall, the borough will begin the next component - bulkheads compromised in the storm - of its $4.5 million bond ordinance for infrastructure improvements.
"We're hoping to get bids out in September and start work by October," Carter said. "We're going through different designs right now."
Mayor Nick Russo said the early response to the revetment has been positive. The new structure features larger rocks that are secured in place with concrete, he said, which should help better protect local infrastructure.
"This is the (revetment) where rocks went across the street on the strength of the water during Sandy," he said. "With the size of these rocks, that should not happen."
On Aug. 31, the borough will host its annual fireworks display at the 33rd Avenue beach. The display has historically been organized through the Fire Department and funded with donations from the community. But officials said donations have been slower this year.
"Money's a little tighter because people didn't expect to put out $40,000 or $50,000 into their homes," said Steve O'Leary, the 57-year-old retired volunteer firefighter who helps organize the event. "They say, 'I'll help you out, but not as much as last year'."
Russo said the borough commission went ahead with the $11,000 fireworks contract while fundraising efforts continue. The hope is that more people will pitch in with the remaining $1,800 in time for the event, he said.
"If we don't reach that, we'll have to use money from the budget that would go out of our community affairs money," he said. "I'd rather not have to do that," he added, because that money helps sponsor other activities throughout the year.
The borough has put a call out to residents and nonresidents - since the event draws crowds from neighboring towns - to donate.
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If you go
What: Longport Labor Day
When: Aug. 31, 9 p.m. (rain date Sept. 1, 9 p.m.)
Where: 33rd Street beach, Longport
To donate money for Longport's annual fireworks display, send a check to Longport Fire Department, 2305 Atlantic Ave., Longport, NJ 08403, with the word "Fireworks" in the memo line.