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Avalon’s north-end beaches were badly eroded by winter storms, necessitating a larger back-passing project than was initially contemplated. County bridgework made it difficult for the borough to bring the needed heavy equipment onto the island.  

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The city planned to delay the final stages of its back-passing project until after Memorial Day weekend, but expected to offer beach access at all paths in time for Memorial Day, North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello said.

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An oceanfront sidewalk, recently closed because it is a danger to collapse, will be repaired and reopened in time for Memorial Day weekend, city officials said. 

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The Borough of Avalon has begun a sand back passing project that will move approximately 55,000 cubic yards of sand from a permitted borrow area to six blocks of north-end beaches that were eroded during winter storm events.  

Following February storms that produced severe erosion of Avalon’s north-end beaches, the borough will undertake a back passing project, moving sand from a state Department of Environmental Protection approved borrow area just south of the Avalon fishing pier.