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View of the beachfront looking south on Jan. 12, 2014.  All photos by Paul Goldfinger  @Blogfinger ©

View of the beachfront, Ocean Grove, NJ,  looking south.   Jan. 12, 2014. All photos by Paul Goldfinger @Blogfinger ©  Click left for all these images.

The great seal of the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. of Iliinois.

The great seal of the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. of Iliinois.

Sunday, January 12, 2014.  Ocean Grove.      By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor@ Blogfinger.

Did you ever see those photos of the beaches at Normandy after the landings?  Well they were swamped with equipment and personnel. I was reminded of that today when we got a look at the Ocean Grove beach, towards the North End.  There were many pieces of equipment already there, including large earthmoving machines and big metal pipes.  The work  area was marked off, and a security detail was there to make sure that no one enters beyond the markers.  This is a safety concern.

Dredging equipment at the OG beach.

Pipe and shovel are tools of the dredging trade. This is truly a “shovel ready” project. ©  Blogfinger

The contractor is the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company from Oak Brook, Illinois, one of the wealthiest towns in America.  This company has been in business since 1890 and they are the largest dredging company in the country.  They are on the NASDQ.

Security guard. This is his profession. He works for Great Lakes Co. but he lives in Middletown.

Security guard. This is his profession, and there will be security on the beach 24/7.    Click left.   © Blogfinger

We spoke to one of the security men (above)  who said that he works for Great Lakes exclusively.  He lives in Middletown.  I was about to ask him if I could walk into the middle of things when he chased two beach walkers away.  That ended that request.  A supervisor rode up in a dune buggy. He told me that they were ready to go as soon as their dredging ship arrived.  Just then he spotted a barge out at the horizon. He took a good look and then said, “No, it’s not ours.”

Internet photo shows a Great Lakes dredging boat.

Internet photo shows a Great Lakes dredging boat.

JOLIET (Illinois)  BOUND:   Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton.  The Blues Live From Jazz at Lincoln Center  .

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