Planting to prevent destruction; it is more than just dune grass. The northeast corner of Bradley Beach, NJ near the tip of Fletcher Lake and the border of Ocean Grove, NJ was just a hard-packed gravel lot where the Boro kept their lifeguard stands and beach lockers in the off season. Once Sandy’s storm surge over-topped our dunes and bulk-headed boardwalk this area served as a ramp to quickly bring the water and sand into the town and the lake. Not ideal.
But Captain Al Modjeski had another vision for the site, he wanted to plant a Maritime Forest, which is what probably existed naturally before the area was developed. The site was dug up, planted with native plants which will allow storm-water to infiltrate, it will provide protection from storm surge and beautify the area. 3 minute video here.