I have been a resident of Atlantic Highlands since 1956. Since then, I recall 3 major storms that virtually destroyed the harbor. Before we repair the harbor in the traditional manner, I would like the town council and harbor commission to consider a different approach.
Rebuild the harbor this time with concrete floating docks and pilings that are 18 to 20 feet above the regular high water mark. This system has been extremely successful in many marinas throughout the East coast. A quick trip to the Indian River Marina, in Bethany Beach
To my knowledge, since this marina was rebuilt to these specifications, they have never incurred
any serious dock damage after hurricanes and excessive tide surges. It may be more expensive to rebuild in this manner, but it seems to be a permanent solution.
Another case in point is the Leonardo State Marina. A few years ago they installed a concrete floating dock. The pilings used were not high enough. During hurricane
With seemingly ever increasing East coast storms, it seems fitting to reconsider our method of rebuilding the best marina on the East coast.