Gulf Beach gets retaining wall extension, early regrading
MILFORD — Gulf Beach has been an active site for the Public Works Department over the last week.
A retaining wall has been extended on the bridge side of the beach, while the annual regrading of the sand on the beach has taken place.
“People who come to the beach like to sit on the wall and have their lunch,” Public Works Director Christopher Saley said. “Or maybe they sit and watch the boats coming in or out of the harbor. We extended the location of the wall so they can do so. The wall will also block the sand from crossing into the street. In another area we have the natural dunes of grass that holds the sand back.
“We are also doing drainage work for the parking lots,” he said.
Regrading beaches is underway.
“Usually in the first two weeks of April we regrade the beaches,” Saley said. “But with a milder winter we are doing it a little earlier. It usually takes two or three days. This also helps us protect the (piping) plovers.”
Piping plovers are small, sand-colored, shorebirds that nest and feed along coastal sand.
“The sand migrates to the groin by the harbor and we just push it back,” he said.
Groins are shore structures, used to maintain updrift beaches. By design, they capture sand transported by the longshore current, which depletes the sand supply to the beach down-drift.
“In Walnut Beach we will be redoing the parking lot,” Saley said. “And whenever the unexpected storm or whatever happens at any of our parks and beaches, we will be there to make it right.”
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