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16 FRIDAY, APRIL 5- MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2013 NEWS Cape Gazette Citizens agree IR inlet jetty is the problem By Ron MacArthur neers has plans to f'LX a section ronm@capegazette.com of the Jetty. Keller says the corps' plans are inadequate. As a pilot, M.A. Keller has Keller, 89, says Delaware of- flown over the Indian River ficials should take a page from Inlet area many times, watching Maryland's beach preservation how the elements and time have book, which he says has helped changed the shoreline, especially build up the beach in Ocean Cir. the beach north of Indian River When he was a young man, Inlet. Keller says, the beach was nar- Keller says although he's not row, and waves sometimes broke an engineer, he knows what's onto the boardwalk. It wasn't causing erosion 'of the beach until work was done on Ocean north of the inlet: the north jetty City's north jetty that the beach is failing, started to rebuild to the wide "The rock pile is broken down beach it is today. on the north jetty," he said. Keller said he watched the The breakdown of the jetty work being conducted by the allows sand to flow from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers northside beach into the inlet in the mid-1940s as they sealed and then back to the south shore the jetty by pouring cement into of the inlet, Keller said. He looks bored holes. He said that stabi- at a photograph showing the lized the jetty and did not allow south jetty extending beyond the sand to pour out through holes north-side jetty. "The north jetty and breaks. needs to be rebuilt to be parallel The U.S. Army Corps has an- with the south side," he said. nounced plans to pump sand Department of Natural Re- from the bottom of the inlet sources and Environmental to replenish the beach on the Control officials are also aware north side of the Indian River of problems with the jetty, and Inlet jetty. State crews will then the U.S. Army Corps of Engi- rebuild the sand-depleted shore- M.A. KELLER holds up photographs showing how sand the beach in Ocean City, Md. RON MACARTHUR PHOTO has filled in to rebuild line north of the bridge. Waves so long ago. Maybe no one knows ,and storm surge from two storms this is a possibility." over the past year have flooded Keller is no stranger tO being Route 1, forcing closure of the on the cutting edge of technology. road and closing the bridge. He installed the first residential Keller, an inventor and retired electric heat unit in Delaware in electrical contractor who has a Georgetown home. lived in an old farmhouse near Keller said he hates to see Milton for 50 years, said he has wasted time, money and effort, tried to contact state officials to and that's what he sees happen- discuss his idea, but he has had ing at the Indian River Inlet. He no luck. "If they do what was said the sand-pumping system done in Ocean City, the beach that moves sand from the south will build like it has there," he side of the inlet to rebuild the said. "I have proof that it works, beach on the north side is a This may be technology that no continuous cycle that will never one is aware of since it was done cease. "They won't be able to YOU'AR- WELCOME TO': stop the erosion; it's reached a point of no return," he said. "It can't go on like this." Must stop flow of sand William Friend, a retired DNREC employee, agrees witl Keller that there are problems with the north-side jetty. But he has a different idea for a possible solution: a new rock structure jutting north from the present jetty. He said a lot of the sand from the north-side beach ends Up Continued on page 17