March 14, 2016 |
LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Like the sea itself - or perhaps more like a long-running soap opera - the tide seems to constantly ebb and flow over beach access at the New Jersey Shore. Over the past several decades, the issue has many times played out in the courts over whether the public has enough access to the state's 127-mile Atlantic coastline or if the rights of municipalities and beachfront property owners are being unfairly infringed upon by mandatory regulations. The State of New Jersey has been found on both sides of the topic - sometimes being accused of trying to take too much control of the strands in the name of the public good while at other times defending regulations that seem to limit the public's access to beaches and waterways.
March 7, 2016 |
NORTH WILDWOOD - For some politicos, it may be all about poll numbers right now. But up and down the New Jersey coastline, where the local economy depends on the popularity of a beach town with summer visitors, officials say the only numbers that matter this time of the year involve cubic yards - as in the amount of sand on their beachfronts. Tourism in New Jersey is a $42-billion-a-year enterprise that employs more than 300,000 people and accounts for more than 6 percent of all jobs, according to the Department of Labor.
October 20, 2014 |
Hurricane Sandy bypassed the scrub pines on Carol and Scott Townsleys' bayfront property on Long Beach Island when it disgorged its venom on the region two years ago this month. The same can't be said for what Sandy's 80-m.p.h. winds did to the couple's remaining possessions, and their lives. The casualty count: The 21-foot sailboat. "I raised the boat three feet above the bulkhead," said Scott Townsley, 60. He also tied it to the bulkhead and to the lift. He thought those measures would offer enough resistance.
June 14, 2014 |
Holgate, meet Barnegat Light. Go ahead, Beach Haven, get on board and get off in North Beach, though what you'll do up there on the side of the Long Beach Island road, surrounded by "Private Road, No Beach Access" signs is another issue. Not to worry, another bus will be arriving shortly. This is the utopian vision of a united and welcoming Long Beach Island being fostered by Joe Lattanzi, a Long Beach Township commissioner. His dream, which drifts toward shared services and a post-Sandy tourist- and business-friendly island, consists of free public transportation: six 14-seat buses running the length of the island from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Free!
July 8, 2013 |
MARGATE, N.J. - For one family, it was three generations of Shore home that had to come tumbling down after Sandy. For another, it was their first house, the children's handprints newly pressed into concrete. But their different situations led to the same place on the obstacle-laden post-Sandy road: demolition. "It's a goner," said preschool teacher Janet Shepler, 44, whose home at Wellington and Dudley Avenues now has only a backyard slide, a patio, and a low brick wall that once had heralded the brand-new neighborhood of Ventnor Heights.
June 16, 2013 |
LONG BEACH, N.J. - Cars were submerged in three feet of sand. Six feet of water added insult to injury. Then, nine days later, snow blanketed the town. Those are some of the lasting images of the Sandy-battered Shore for first responders in this barrier island town. On Saturday, some of them saw for the first time an island transformed, nearly returned to its old self. Seven months after Sandy made landfall, hitting North Jersey and New York the hardest but also causing significant damage to southern Shore towns like this one, Mayor Joseph Mancini and other locals thanked hundreds of first responders Saturday for their efforts.
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.
June 23, 2011 |
LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Ever wonder what the No. 1 issue is for visitors to the Jersey Shore? A new poll finds it's where to go to the bathroom. According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, the beach, boardwalk, and Atlantic City are state residents' favorite destinations for a Jersey vacation. But the poll showed New Jerseyans overwhelmingly want more bathrooms near the beach. Eighty-three percent of respondents said the state should require Shore towns to provide restrooms at the beach.
June 3, 2011 |
LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, N.J. - New Jersey might redo its proposed beach-access rules to more clearly spell out the public's right to reach the beach, a top environmental official said Thursday, as some at a public hearing likened the proposal to segregation-era racial politics. Ray Cantor, a top aide to Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin, acknowledged that many people had concerns about the proposed rules, which rely more on cooperation from towns than on threats from state regulators.
April 5, 2011 |
So-called common-sense rules that would allow Jersey Shore towns to create their own plans for public beach access were formally proposed Monday by the state Department of Environmental Protection, to the delight of municipalities and the consternation of some environmental groups. The plan - which would do away with the requirement that municipalities provide 24/7 access to public areas to qualify for beach-replenishment funds - would take into account each town's unique circumstances, according to officials.