The $63 million dollar Absecon Island Project was set to begin this summer in Ventnor, right in the middle of the busiest time of the year for the seaside community.

The Press of Atlantic City reports that the Beach Replenishment Project that was scheduled to begin on June 8th, and last at least until July 12th, is being refused by Ventnor officials.

The report mentions that the project's time frame is prime for Ventnor's summer-related activities which includes a surf camp, concerts and of course, 4th of July festivities.

The project includes the construction of a dune that rises nearly 13 feet above sea level, and will be confined to 1,000 foot sections of the beach.

 According to, Ventnor officials heavily criticized the State Department of Environmental Protection for scheduling the replenishment project during the height of the summer season.

Ventnor will not make the beach available to the state and has scheduled a press conference to address this issue today (Thursday, May 4th) at 12 Noon on the Ventnor City Fishing Pier.

Construction is set to begin next week in Atlantic City, followed by Ventnor, Margate and Longport.

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