Like Gilda Radner said, It’s always something. One day it’s plague-infested mice, the next it’s exploding beach debris…
SURF CITY, N.J. Back when World War I was winding down, Navy ships patrolling the New Jersey coast found themselves with leftover ammunition and no targets.
So they dumped it all overboard, probably thinking the fuses and other ordnance would never be seen or heard from again.
They were wrong. Nearly 90 years later, the fuses resurfaced, invading the shores of two of New Jersey’s most popular beaches, Surf City and Ship Bottom.
The federal government is now in the third — and hopefully final –year of a cleanup that will cost nearly $17 million.
If we are lucky, this will be the cleanup century. The 20th left a mountain of bad karma that will keep on floating to the surface for a long time. Our challenge is to dig out, not dig ourselves in deeper.