May 21, 2016 |
The beach is awesome. But there are times - before bed, first thing in the morning, after a fourth day of sun - when the kids need a break from the bucket and shovel, waves, and boogie boards. Enter the Shore's reliable stable of playgrounds. Seems every island has at least one extra-cool swing set that'll keep them thrilled for an hour or a few. Rehoboth Grove Park . Just when you think you really will reach into the backseat after another "Are we there yet?" on eternally jammed Route 1, Rehoboth's visitor center comes into view.
October 30, 2015 |
A SOUTH JERSEY borough was in mourning yesterday, shocked at the news that one of its leading citizens was found dead on a beach 50 miles away. The body of Jeff Radio, 43, former mayor of Clayton, Gloucester County, washed onto the sands of Strathmere, Cape May County, early Tuesday, New Jersey State Police confirmed last night. The cause of Radio's death was under investigation last night, pending an autopsy at Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers Point, according to Sgt. Jeff Flynn, a police spokesman.
October 6, 2015 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - While officials in New Jersey barrier island towns began tallying erosion losses Monday after a weekend nor'easter of roiling surf and gusting winds that chewed away at the beachfront, comparisons were quick to be made to the last notorious storm - Sandy, in 2012. But Stewart Farrell, an expert in coastal geology and director and founder of Stockton University's Coastal Research Center, said this nor'easter's duration - and ultimate displacement of hundreds of thousands of tons of sand up and down the coast - were more like those of a 1962 storm that has long been a benchmark for Jersey Shore weather.
August 18, 2015 |
STRATHMERE - When Dawn Robinson paddled across the finish line, she finished next to last. As the sun set, the crowd of onlookers on the beach who waited eagerly for her arrival cheered and clapped and shed tears of joy with her. She was a winner. Robinson, 33, a paraplegic, recently completed her first race - nearly five miles prone on a paddle board. She trained for only four weeks and until then previously had paddled only about three miles at a time. "It was definitely challenging, but it was amazing," she said.
August 16, 2015 |
STRATHMERE, N.J. - When you're a motel concierge in tiny Strathmere, your options are, shall we say, a bit limited. Then again, you're probably the only concierge in town. That was the lot of Ray Barr, so-called concierge with a cult following at the quirky old-school Strathmere Motel, where the sign on the office door nearly always says "Manager Temporarily Out. " That was certainly true of Barr, 61. He was rarely actually in the office - nobody was - though usually you could find him just around the side, sitting at the patio table sucking on a cigar and drinking a beer or whatever else a guest had put beside him. He was also known as the chief "connoisseur.
June 10, 2015 |
SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. - As the school year comes to an end and the Jersey Shore's summer season begins, beachgoers traveling between Sea Isle City and Avalon won't be able to use the Townsends Inlet Bridge for at least 10 more days. With the bridge under repair, drivers must take the Garden State Parkway - which can add about 10 miles each way - to get back and forth from the neighboring Shore towns. Construction on the bridge - which began in January - was expected to be finished by Memorial Day. But Mugrose Construction Inc. now hopes to have the bridge open by June 19, said Cape May County engineer Dale Foster.
April 14, 2015 |
AVALON, N.J. - Residents of Avalon and visitors to the borough should expect to begin hearing the sounds of dredging early next month as a $6.3 million beach-replenishment project gets underway. The work on the borough's north-end beaches is expected to be completed by the Fourth of July, and it will cost far less than initially anticipated, officials said. Under the contract Avalon Borough Council unanimously awarded last week to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. L.L.C. of Oak Brook, Ill., 700,000 cubic yards of sand will be pumped from Eighth Street south to 26th Street, according to Mayor Martin Pagliughi.
April 6, 2015 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - A beach-replenishment project on a 2.6-mile stretch along the south end of this popular vacation resort, originally scheduled to take all summer to complete, will likely be finished by midseason, according to officials. And the idea that the huge, noisy machines and pipes gushing sandy slurry will be gone from the shoreline by early July is making a lot of locals and visitors in this Cape May County beach town very happy. The process involves closing off the beach in two-block-long sections as the dredge and other equipment pumps the 1.6 million cubic yards of sand that will be pulled from an underwater borrow site about a mile offshore.
January 19, 2015 |
After a three-day nor'easter in September scoured away all the sand in front of his beachfront Strathmere home, Jack Monaghan beseeched the state to build a jetty - quickly - at the mouth of Corson's Inlet. New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection urged him to be patient. The Army Corps of Engineers was about to launch four massive beach-replenishment projects along New Jersey's barrier islands, the DEP told him, and new sand would be pouring out of pipes onto Corson's Inlet by December.
September 15, 2014 |
As his wife, Pat, watched anxiously, Jack Monaghan climbed the slatted dune fence that once separated their Strathmere home from a state park, and pointed down at the crashing sea. "There used to be a beach out there," he said last week. Now, exposed black boulders and a slender, 10-foot cliff are about all that remain of Corson's Inlet State Park's southern shoreline. In just a month, the Monaghans and state officials say, ocean waves have carried away most of the 98 acres of sand dunes where park visitors strolled or fished or beached their boats, and where endangered piping plovers, black skimmers, and least terns scampered and nested.