Beach Haven Homeowner: Beach Entrance Is Way Too Steep 

Jul 12, 2017

A Leeward Avenue homeowner in Beach Haven urged borough officials to look into repairing the beach entrance, which he said is too steep.

“It’s almost impossible for people to walk over,” said Lou Schettini, speaking during the public portion at Monday night’s meeting. “One day, someone is going to get injured.”

Schettini, who has owned the summer home for more than 30 years, said that last weekend, he saw an elderly woman lose her balance and fall.

“Her grandson had to help her up,” he said. “You should see what this entrance looks like. It’s about a 50-foot slope when you go down to the beach. All you people on the council should take a look. Some people have to stop and rest after going up that hill. Other beach entrances don’t have this problem, so I wish there was something you could do.”

Sherry Mason, borough clerk and acting manager, said she had recently received several emails from other Leeward residents discussing similar complaints.

“We’ll look at all the options,” she said.

After the meeting, council members Charles Maschal and Jim White stopped by the entrance.

“It is definitely in need of re-engineering,” said Maschal. “The area needs more post and rails, and the walkway has to be redone.”

Mayor Nancy Taggart Davis said all the beach entrances were reconfigured after the federal beach replenishment project was completed last year.

“However, we had some bad northeast storms this past winter, and Leeward and other beaches located in the south end of town took a beating,” she said. “Some of the entrances did suffer erosion, and we had to work hard to get them ready for the summer.”

Chris Carson, public works superintendent, said the Leeward entrance will be getting a “hard pack,” or a gravel walkway, which is easier for people to maneuver.

“The old hard pack washed away over the winter,” he said. “The new one should be done by the end of the week.”

— Eric Englund

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