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A new report from says the long-awaited construction of the steel seawall, that will protect Mantoloking and parts of Brick, NJ, from future super storms like Sandy, is set to begin in June.

A company called EIC Associates out of Springfield was awarded the contract (worth $23.8 million) by the state of New Jersey. As part of the winning bid, the contract stipulates the wall must be built within 180 days, meaning it should be done around November, 2014. The project cost will run up to about $40 million, with the federal government covering 80% of the costs, with the state picking up the tab on the remaining 20%.

The plan calls for 45-ft. high steel sheet pile to be driven vertically 30 feet into the ground, creating the foundation of

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Route 35 contstruction and road work in the summer

Thanks to feedback from local businesses, state officials have now decided to end all roadwork along Route 35 for the summer. Concerns from business owners led to the change after the original plan called for the New Jersey Department of Transportation to continue working on the busy road along a 2.5-mile stretch between Brick and Toms River. That work is now scheduled to stop on June 13, allowing for smooth-flowing traffic during the busy summer holiday months.

The road is still being worked on after damage from Hurricane Sandy in October, 2012. The superstorm ripped up the roadway and, with federal aid, it's now a $265-million project to rebuild and repave the vital artery.

Transportation commissioner James Simpson recently met with business

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Best beaches in New Jersey

When it comes to summer playgrounds and gorgeous beaches, the Jersey Shore area is one of the best along the East Coast. With summer quickly approaching, we thought it would be a good idea to let people know which are the best beaches in New Jersey along the Jersey Shore!

Best Overall Beach: Point Pleasant Beach

When it comes to a beautiful stretch of sand and ample activities for the whole family, Point Pleasant Beach takes the cake for best overall beach. You take Jenkinson's Boardwalk with its eateries, rides and activities, plus the golden sand on the beach and you've got one of the best beaches in New Jersey.

Best Family Beach: Bay Head

Bay Head is the last stop on the train and offers a beautiful expanse of sand and sea. The beach has

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Bay Head & Mantoloking Rentals

Summer is just around the corner and it's not too late to find a great rental home in the Bay Head area of the Jersey Shore. The Jersey Shore is a premier vacation destination thanks to its gorgeous white-sand beaches, fantastic weather, and outstanding recreational opportunities.

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There's a home to suit every family and every lifestyle. Clayton and Clayton offers some of the nicest Bay Head and Mantoloking rentals in the area, many of which are right on the ocean. Enjoy the morning sunrise with your cup of coffee from the beach in your front yard.

The stunning Mantoloking property in the photo to the right is on the bay and has a private beach! It features 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and tennis courts. It's available

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For most people, buying a home is very big step in life. Buying a luxury or high-end waterfront home is an even bigger step. Taking that step means a lot of things need to be in order before you sign the contract that give you ownership of a high end home or condo. Here are 10 things to keep mind if you're looking for a home with a hefty price tag.

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1. Don't Just Look At Photos

Let's face it, some luxury homes aren't the most photogenic, and photos can hide cheap work. People interested in a specific home should search the property and immediate vicinity using Google Earth in order to see exactly what's around the Bay Head home, for example. Google Streetmap is another fantastic way to see the home as it sits relative to the road and neighboring

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Know When To Sell Your Investment

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Homes in the Bay Head and Mantoloking areas, along with many shore communities in Ocean and Monmouth Counties, are priced to sell and, behind the scenes, investors have been buying homes in the area for less than their previous value. Most investors already have homes of their own, and generally hold onto their investment home until they think it's a good time to sell and make the most money.

However, sometimes an investor who maybe wanted to quickly flip a home doesn't do so right away because the return would be too low. So he or she is forced to wait until home prices rise and during that time, they rent out the home.

Because of this, there are many property owners who are now wondering if this is a good

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Route 35 traffic, Jersey Shore vacations, Toms River Traffic Brick Traffic

Get ready to be patient behind the wheel this summer if you're vacationing along the beautiful Jersey Shore. While the state will bring to a stop most of the ongoing roadwork along Route 35 between Bay Head and Berkeley Township this summer, residents and tourists alike will still find themselves getting nowhere fast through certain sections that are being repaired following Hurricane Sandy.

Folks along the Jersey Shore will be impacted by a 2.5 mile stretch of roadwork between Brick and Toms River. However, people can go around the construction spot by heading inland, going along Hooper Avenue and Fischer Blvd. to avoid the congestion, but it's definitely the long way around.

That particular 2.5-mile stretch of road will see traffic limited to

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Great Places To Eat In and Around Bay Head

For residents and visitors alike, the Bay Head area features many great restaurants, bistros, diners, and culinary destinations. Here are some of our favorite go-to spots for great food.

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Recently reopened after damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, Theresa's South is a BYOB establishment in beautiful Bay Head with a varied menu that's sure to please even the most discerning palate. Located a block off the beach, this highly-ranked restaurant features scrumptious homemade pasta dishes, ribs, steaks and fresh seafood. Reservations are surely recommended during the summer months and there is extra seating outdoors. It's definitely a restaurant where you get what you pay for.

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Mantoloking real estate, Hurricane Sandy rebuild New Jersey

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner, and it looks like it's going to be a busy one on the Jersey Shore - for both visitors and home sales. In a recent New York Times article, Bay Head luxury REALTOR® Shawn Clayton of Clayton and Clayton Realtors was asked about his thoughts on real estate around Bay Head and Mantoloking in Ocean County. Clayton noted that post Hurricane Sandy, waterfront home prices dropped and still aren't back to where they were before the superstorm.

“People are starting to say, ‘Hold it, I’m going to miss out on this,’ ” said Clayton told the Times. “ ‘Let me get my financing together so I don’t miss out.’ ”

Since Sandy rolled through New Jersey in October, 2012, much of the Jersey Shore area in Ocean and

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Once in a while one of the true gems in a neighborhood will come up for sale. Consider 296 Curtis Point Drive one of these great homes that doesn't come along very often.

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Located on the water of Barnegat Bay in Mantoloking, this exclusive, custom home is a one-of-a kind find in Curtis Point. The property, which is sheltered and protected by the Barnegat Peninsula, comes with 250 ft. on the calm waters of the bay. It's perfectly located at the end of a cul de sac on a large, well-treed lot on the south side of the road. Tie your boat or yacht up on the bulkhead, and come ashore to a magnificent home with its southwest facing backyard that features a pool so you can quickly cool off on those hot summer days. The landscaping is first-class all the way

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