July 9, 2012 |
LITTLE BEACH ISLAND, N.J. - Unlike other Jersey Shore barrier islands that have evolved into hometowns and tourist destinations, Little Beach Island is an enigma. "I've often sat and wondered about what kind of a place Little Beach Island would have become had it been developed," said Steven Howard, who has studied the ebb and flow of what is believed to be the last sizable uninhabited barrier island on the Atlantic coast, between Long Beach Island and Brigantine. "What would be its place among all the other [New Jersey]
July 14, 2001 |
As a teenager in the '50s, Roy Kampmeyer would do almost anything to spend a weekend at the beach. When a girl he was dating mentioned that her family owned a house on a narrow strip of barrier island between Strathmere and Sea Isle City, Kampmeyer replied, "How nice," and began to visit. Kampmeyer later married the girl, and decades later, the Lansdale couple are still happily together. But the modest Shore house that once stood on wooden stilts overlooking the Atlantic Ocean is long gone.
March 24, 2014 |
When my husband and I determined that staying in the country was the most logical option for our fall 2013 honeymoon, Ocracoke Island, N.C., was always the top contender on our list of possible locations. One of the least-visited and least-populated barrier islands of the Outer Banks and part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Ocracoke is just over an eight-hour drive from our home in Philadelphia and has several rental cottages available. Summer weather lasts well into October, and with several access points for pedestrians and vehicles, beach space is plentiful.
March 1, 1995 |
A bid received yesterday of $1.68 million to replenish this resort's long- neglected south-end beaches could mark the start of a nationally significant project. The project would place 500,000 cubic yards of sand on 142 acres of public beach, between 34th and 59th Streets. If state and local officials agree the price is right, Ocean City would become the only barrier island in the United States to have its beachfront completely renourished. And that is significant because it would give officials the truest reading of how beaches can benefit from such projects over the long term, according to Michael Bruno, director of the New Jersey Coastal Protection Technical Assistance Service at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken.
July 14, 2010 |
Lifeguards closed a beach in Ocean County this morning after surfers spotted sharks in the water. Two five-foot sharks swam off Seaside Park shoreline for several hours, said lifeguard captain Joe Gomulka. Swimmers were allowed back in the water about 12:30 p.m. after the sharks moved north, he said. "We're still trying to figure out what kind of sharks they were," Gomulka said. The beaches will be open Thursday, he said. On Monday the sharks were spotted off Ocean Beach north of Seaside Park, forcing lifeguards to close that beach for about a half hour, said Chief Michael G. Mastronardy of the Toms River police.
July 15, 2010
Lifeguards closed a beach in Ocean County, N.J., Wednesday morning after surfers spotted sharks in the water. Two five-foot sharks swam off Seaside Park for several hours, lifeguard captain Joe Gomulka said. Swimmers were allowed back into the water about 12:30 p.m., after the sharks moved north, he said. "We're still trying to figure out what kind of sharks they were," Gomulka said. The beaches will be open Thursday, he said. On Monday the sharks were spotted off Ocean Beach, north of Seaside Park, forcing lifeguards to close that beach for about 30 minutes, Toms River Police Chief Michael G. Mastronardy said.
May 25, 2011
Edward H. Harte, 88, a prominent Texas newspaper executive and ardent conservationist who played an important role in preserving tracts of open space and stretches of seashore in his state, died last Wednesday at a retirement home in Scarborough, Maine. He also lived in Corpus Christi. He was a son of Houston Harte, a cofounder, with Bernard Hanks, of Harte-Hanks Newspapers, which for many years was a significant player in the Texas newspaper market. The chain, which was started in 1920, eventually owned more than 30 dailies and dozens of weeklies around the country.
November 1, 2012 |
Emergency crews are reportedly having trouble reaching multiple house fires at an Ocean County shore town said to be ignited by ruptured gas lines. The fires were reported this morning, and confirmed through Ocean County Dispatch and fire personnel. Video obtained by the Associated Press shows what appeared to be eight to 10 separate fires burning at the same time, with some clearly igniting houses. It's unclear whether the blazes were in Brick, or Mantoloking, a very wealthy beach community.
November 1, 2012 |
It will be at least a week before residents are allowed to return to Long Beach Island, Mayor Joseph Mancini of Long Beach Township said Wednesday. The 18-mile-long barrier island was among the hardest hit by superstorm Sandy, which ravaged the east coast this week. Whole neighborhoods were swamped with sand and lavish beachfront houses were left gutted, their appliances cast across the streets. "It's carnage," the mayor said. "There's no water, sewer or power. Anyone who's still here, we're encouraging to leave now. " Of the approximately 10,000 people who live on the island outside of the summer months, about 1,000 remain, Mancini said.
August 6, 2012 |
In the little barrier island town of Strathmere, the beach and boat ramp are free, and so is the parking. What this quirky and easygoing Cape May County community - think Mayberry with a splash of Margaritaville - dearly wants to be free of, however, is Upper Township. A New Jersey appellate court panel dealt yet another defeat Wednesday to supporters of the grassroots "de-annexation" effort launched in 2007. The judges affirmed previous rulings that losing Strathmere - and its $393 million in taxable real estate - would hurt Upper Township, fiscally and otherwise.