Harvey Cedars — Thanks to new technology on its borough website, harveycedars.org, people thousands of miles away from Harvey Cedars can still get a daily view of the ocean and the bay on its recently installed live webcam. The webcam, which operates 24/7, is located atop the 120-foot water tower at Sunset Park. Borough Clerk Daina Dale said the system was set up by Coastal Camera Network at no cost to the municipality.
“First you see the beach at Hudson Street, and then it swings north where you can see the Barnegat Light south jetty in the distance,” she said. “Then it turns west where you can see Harvest Cove in the north area of Sunset Park, and you can also see the Barnegat Lighthouse in the distance.”
She said the live cam could be very helpful for surfers, swimmers, fishermen and boaters who might want to check out the water and beach conditions before venturing out.
“And someone with a summer home in Harvey Cedars might want to check it out in the off-season,” said Dale. “For some, it can be relaxing just watching the ocean.”
Coastal Camera Network has set-ups in more than 35 communities. Harvey Cedars is the third on Long Beach Island, as similar arrangements already exist in Beach Haven and Ship Bottom.
People can also access the webcam video through a link on the Harvey Cedars Police Department’s web page, hcpolice.org.
“It could be a good tool for following the weather, especially if we’re going to have a major storm,” said Police Chief Robert Burnaford. “What I like is that you have a very clear, high-quality picture. We’re getting good feedback in town, and I think many people are going to find it very useful.”