Two legislative measures that will streamline the permitting approval process for aquaculture projects – prime-sponsored by Sen. Christopher J. Connors and co-sponsored by Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove – have been signed into law.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has received notice that supplemental federal appropriations are available to apply to several rehabilitation projects throughout the country, including a portion of the Long Beach Island project: Harvey Cedars, Surf City and from 31st to 57th Street in Long Beach Township’s Brant Beach section. According to USACE Public Affairs Officer Steve Rochette, the Corps is currently “working on engineering and design and hopes to have construction funding in the near future.”
The holidays have come and gone, and as the decorations get put away, so, too, does the Christmas tree. Real trees can be dropped off for recycling through the Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation, which will be accepting trees through Jan. 31 at any of its designated sites.
The Atlantis county golf course in Little Egg Harbor Township has bounced back from a fire and drought, county officials said at a recent meeting.
Ben Franklin wrote, “Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
The first installment of the Top 20 News Stories of 2016, as reported in the pages of The SandPaper last week, ended with a discussion of Len Connors’ death and career as mayor and state legislator. Well, Connors hated taxes and he spent much of his career in Trenton opposing tax increases and their cousin, unfunded mandates. So it is fitting that the second and final installment of the Top 20 News Stories of 2016 list starts with a look at taxes. Because after all, Franklin could have finished his famous sentence with the words, “especially in New Jersey.”
Get out of the cold and join in the Deep Freeze Fest – a fun night out for all ages, with music, snacks and beverages – at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences. The event runs from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27.
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The Obama administration last week denied all pending permit applications to conduct seismic surveys to locate oil and natural gas in the Mid- and South Planning Areas of the Atlantic Ocean, including off the New Jersey coast. U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-N.J.) applauded the decision, as did environmental groups such as the New Jersey Sierra Club.
The former Bank of America branch building in Barnegat Light is coming down, and by all accounts, the north end town will never have a bank in the foreseeable future.
The 2017 Barnegat Light Borough Council will retain the meeting date of the second Wednesday of the month, at 5 p.m., following the 4:30 p.m. caucus meeting, it was decided at the annual reorganization meeting.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries’ proposed summer flounder catch limits for 2017-18 have drawn bipartisan opposition from New Jersey lawmakers. U.S. Representatives Frank Pallone Jr. (N.J. 6th) and Frank LoBiondo (N.J.-2nd), along with Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker and Congressman Tom MacArthur (N.J.-3rd), wrote U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker last week requesting she prevent rule-making that would reduce the summer flounder quotas for recreational and commercial fishing.
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — Fishermen packed a public hearing Thursday night to discuss a federal regulation that some say would effectively kill summer flounder fishing in South Jersey.
Nearly two years after receiving initial approval from the Ship Bottom Land Use Board, the developer of a proposed hotel in the borough is returning for a hearing on two revisions to the site plan on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m.
The Smithsonian Institution will be retrieving the head of the rare beaked whale that washed up on Island Beach State Park around Jan. 4. Robert Schoelkopf, director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, said scientists from the Smithsonian will be traveling to the stranding center and will add the skull to their collection.
Sarah Miele, education coordinator for the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, will be the guest speaker for the Friends of the Barnegat Lighthouse lecture series on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 1 p.m. at the Barnegat Lighthouse State Park’s visitors center. The program is free; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Science Saturdays are back, beginning Jan. 14. For the 11th consecutive winter, the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences is tackling scientific, environmental and sustainability issues that directly affect our coastal community with its informative and interactive lectures.
Chinese culture and the Chinese New Year will be celebrated all month long at the Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library in Surf City. During January, the meeting room and display case will feature paintings and art work by Jill DeFelice, Linda Saladino and Bernadette Callanan, as well as a collection of Chinese art including fabrics, jewelry, screens and carvings.
The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donations in response to a severe winter blood shortage and asks eligible donors to make an appointment to give now.
An application requesting variances to develop the site of the former Long Beach Island Trailer Park in Holgate was denied last week by the Long Beach Township Land Use Board.