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At a retreat for nuns in Long Branch, a crumbling timber sea wall was replaced by a larger steel wall, which shielded the property during superstorm Sandy. At Belmar Marina, exceptionally high piles prevented the floating docks from being swept out to sea. And a “concrete mattress” designed to control erosion at Bayshore Waterfront Park in Middletown Township did just that.Such measures and others taken by towns, agencies and businesses in the years preceding Sandy — including using discarded Christmas trees to bolster dunes — are being credited for speeding the recovery process from the October storm, which rocked the shoreline with storm surges and inland winds.
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