Manalapan: Aging seawalls no match for Sandy’s overtopping waters

LEFT: Homeowners, property managers and state coastal officials toured a few properties, including the home of New Age musician Yanni, that had extensive damage.   

RIGHT: DEP official Tony McNeal examines portions of the failed seawall supports.

LEFT: An exposed portion of seawall shows the effects of years of corrosion to both the steel and concrete cap.




RIGHT: Properties south of the old Vanderbilt Estate’s massive seawall suffered considerable damage after Hurricane Sandy.

Although the worst seawall damage was felt between Chillingworth Curve and the old Vanderbilt Estate in Manalapan, many other private oceanfront properties between Palm Beach and Boca Raton experienced damaged walkovers and beach erosion. Palm Beach County estimates storm damage to public property at more than $24 million.

Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

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