Barnegat Light Warns Against Digging Tunnels In Eroded Dunes

“Beware”, this coming from Barnegat Light Township officials. They ask the public to be vigilant and use extreme caution when on the beach. Recent Nor’easters have eroded dunes on the north tip on Long Beach Island. The beach erosion as left a severe drop off with cliffs up to 14 feet high.

“DO NOT dig holes, caves or tunnels into the cliffs that have been caused by erosion,” warns the township website. If the tunnel or hole should collapse people could be trapped and fatal injuries can occur.

According to the township the affected beaches are from 11th street down and are going to wait and see how Mother Nature and prevailing winds will reverse the erosion. Mayor Kirk Larson told the SandPaper “The borough can also put a bulldozer to work leveling the upper beach.”