Sea Isle City's portion of large beach-fill project is scheduled to wrap up this weekend, barring weather delays, Mayor Leonard Desiderio said Tuesday.

A Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. dredge is in the process of pumping 700,000 cubic yards of sand in southern Sea Isle City to repair beaches battered by fall and winter storms.

"If we get the good weather and (no) unforeseen problems with the dredge, we can be complete by Saturday," Desiderio said.

Sea Isle City and Avalon partnered for a massive $10.4 million beach fill to pump about 1.2 million cubic yards of sand dredged from the ocean floor at Townsends Inlet. State funding is covering 75 percent of the costs.

On Tuesday, the dredge in Sea Isle City was near 77th Street, heading north, where it will eventually stop at 73rd Street. Avalon's beach fill is on hold until the dredge finishes in Sea Isle.

Avalon had won a much-publicized coin flip against neighboring Sea Isle and was the first to have its beaches stocked with sand. But to help meet its June 30 deadline, Great Lakes brought a second dredge to pump sand in both towns simultaneously.

However, the Avalon dredge - the Alaska - experienced mechanical malfunctions and had to be taken to Norfolk, Va., for repairs recently, Avalon spokesman Scott Wahl said.

Now, when Sea Isle City's dredge - the Illinois - finishes in Sea Isle, the dredge will start pumping sand on the unfinished part of Avalon's beaches.

The dredge, which was working on the northern end of Avalon for a project between 9th and 26th streets, had progressed for several blocks before malfunctioning, Wahl said.

Wahl said Avalon's portion of the project is scheduled to be finished on or about June 23.

Contact Brian Ianieri:

609-463-6713

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