Part of LBI Project Expected to Receive Supplemental Beachfill Funds

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.”

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Causeway Bridge, LBI Beaches Dominated 2016 SandPapers

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.”

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Obama Administration Denies Permits for Seismic Surveys to Seek Oil in Atlantic

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.

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Bipartisan Call from NJ Lawmakers to Stop Summer Flounder Quota Cuts

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.

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LBI Library Celebrates China in January

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.

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