Debris and destroyed homes line streets in Long Beach, N.Y. Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. Three days after Sandy slammed the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast, New York and New Jersey struggled to get back on their feet, the U.S. death toll climbed to more than 80, and more than 4.6 million homes and businesses were still without power. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
SPRING LAKE, N.J. (AP) - The Jersey shore is a lot less sandy after the superstorm of the same name barreled through.
A study by Stockton College finds the storm washed away an average of 30 to 40 feet of New Jersey beaches, though some suffered five times that amount of sand loss. The study hasn't been made public, but findings were made available Monday to The Associated Press.
Stewart Farrell of the college's Coastal Research Center says towns that had undertaken manmade beach replenishment projects suffered far less damage than those that hadn't.
New Jersey politicians are already pushing for new rounds of federal funding for beach replenishment. Those requests have produced great opposition in previous years from elected officials in inland areas, who say it's a waste of money.