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Jersey shore beaches are in great shape post-Sandy

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Photo - In this May 12, 2014 photo, heavy equipment moves boulders into place on the Mantoloking N.J., shoreline to provide an extra layer of protection against storms like Superstorm Sandy. Experts say most of the Jersey shore's beaches came through the winter in fine shape, and are in their best condition in years as the second summer after Sandy approaches. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
In this May 12, 2014 photo, heavy equipment moves boulders into place on the Mantoloking N.J., shoreline to provide an extra layer of protection against storms like Superstorm Sandy. Experts say most of the Jersey shore's beaches came through the winter in fine shape, and are in their best condition in years as the second summer after Sandy approaches. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
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MANTOLOKING, N.J. (AP) — Experts say the Jersey shore beaches are in their best shape in years heading into the second summer after Superstorm Sandy.

That's due to a massive replenishment project after the enormous storm and some simple good luck: A series of brutal winter storms actually took it easy on the coastline.

Jon Miller of Stevens Institute of Technology and Stewart Farrell of Stockton College agree the beaches came through the winter in good shape, and the beach replenishment added further protection.

Most of the replenished beaches are 150 to 200 feet wide.

The work was designed to restore them to pre-Sandy shape.

Similar work will continue in Ocean and Cape May counties this fall and winter.

This is part of a periodic series about the New Jersey shore's efforts to rebuild and return to normalcy in the second summer after Superstorm Sandy ravaged many coastal communities.

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