WASHINGTON, D.C – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, and Congressman Frank Pallone (N.J.-06) today announced the awarding of a $28,358,886.60 Sandy relief grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to repair the seawall protecting Monmouth Beach and Sea Bright that was damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The funding represents a reimbursement for 90% of the total cost of the project. 

“The seawall in Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach is the first line of defense against Mother Nature for these communities, protecting them from potential devastation caused by severe flooding,” said Sen. Menendez.  “This federal funding will help ensure the seawall is rebuilt to safeguard residents and property from more prevalent and powerful Nor’easters and Atlantic storms threatening the Jersey Shore.”

“New Jersey shore communities were hit particularly hard by Superstorm Sandy, so we must make sure proper safety measures are in place to protect them from future disasters,” said Sen. Booker.  “By helping rebuild the seawall in Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach, these federal funds mark another step towards ensuring New Jersey families, businesses and natural areas are more resilient and better protected in the face of another potentially devastating storm.”

“As we continue to rebuild from Superstorm Sandy, I am pleased that FEMA recognizes the importance of our ongoing efforts,” said Rep. Pallone.  “Repairing this seawall is essential to protecting Monmouth Beach and Sea Bright when the next storm hits, and grants like this one are vital to reducing the burden our local governments face in the recovery progress.  We fought hard in Congress for the Sandy aid package, and with the help of FEMA, we have an opportunity to improve our public infrastructure so it is stronger and can withstand future storms.”

In 2013, the President signed the Superstorm Sandy Supplemental Appropriations bill into law, bringing the total Sandy aid enacted by Congress to $60.2 billion. The funding package included federal aid to help homeowners, businesses, and communities recover, and resources to rebuild coastal, transportation, and water infrastructure.