"It sets in the trees, and through the action of the wind, packs the sand," Ms. Schreck said. "Some towns just bulldoze sand into places and call it a dune. That's a very unstable pile of sand. When you allow the natural action, it's more stable and resilient."
"We're in the process now of restoring our beach after the hurricane, moving sand away from the boardwalk," said Julie Schreck, the mayor of Bradley Beach. "The dunes did their job; they resisted the onslaught of the ocean. When the ocean finally started to punch through the dunes were further compacted and there was far less destruction."