Coastal Beaches the Focus at March 11 Science Saturday

Stop by the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences this weekend for a look into the culture, history and ecology of coastal beaches. Dave Werner, an instructor from the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science and Stockton University, leads the March 11 Science Saturday presentation. “We will consider scientific, historical, economic, artistic,

Coast Guard Warns Boaters About Little Egg Harbor Inlet

The U.S. Coast Guard is telling mariners choosing to transit through Little Egg Harbor Inlet that they will be doing so “at their own risk.” Marked on this chart are the locations of the six aids to navigation in Little Egg Inlet that are scheduled to be temporarily discontinued by the Coast Guard.The aids which will be discontinued are Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 2 (LLNR

Ship Bottom Councilman Wants LBI Flooding Conditions on Message Board

On a morning in late January, a lot of people heading to Long Beach Island had no idea that a nor’easter had resulted in widespread flooding. Instead of getting to their destination, the motorists got stuck at the entrance to the Island in Ship Bottom, where the main roads were impassable. But at last week’s borough council meeting, Councilman Joseph Valyo

Congressman LoBiondo Promises to Fight Coast Guard Budget Cuts

President Trump’s first preliminary budget proposes increasing the Department of Defense’s budget by $54 billion, approximately a 10 percent increase. He would pay for increased defense spending by concurrently slashing “non-defense” spending the same amount. There have been many news stories over the past week reporting huge proposed cuts in areas such

Steiner Returns to Surflight; Theater Revived By Producer Al Parinello

Persistence paid off for Steve Steiner on Monday when he returned to the helm at Surflight Theatre and formally announced a full slate of musicals this summer at the Beach Haven landmark that had been shuttered since 2014. Steiner, who had been the producing artistic director at Surflight from 1998 through 2010, when he was removed from that position by the theater’s board of trustees, immediately set out to find financial backers to reopen the theater after those trustees filed for Chapter 7

Surflight Could Reopen in June

It looks as if Beach Haven’s Surflight Theatre, closed for two years after filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in February 2015, will reopen this summer. A New York City producer has signed a contract to purchase the theater from TD Bank and hopes to close on the deal by the beginning of April. He will rent the theater to former Surflight Producing Artistic Director Steve Steiner.

‘The Oyster Farmers’ Documentary Film Planned for May

Closing scene footage was captured this past weekend for “The Oyster Farmers,” a documentary on oyster aquaculture in Barnegat Bay. The Oak Leaf Media film, directed by Corinne G. Ruff and produced by Angela C. Andersen, aims to play a part in awareness and restoration of oyster farming in the Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Estuary and statewide. “We filmed the closing scenes

Long Beach Township Highlight Aquaculture Projects in New Jersey

Aquaculture – the rearing and harvesting of fish, shellfish or plants in water environments – is poised for resurgence in New Jersey, with representatives on the municipal and state levels voicing support for an expedited approval process for these projects. Last month, Long Beach Township Mayor Joseph Mancini sent a letter to Diane Dow, director of the N.J. Department of

Tour the LBI Foundation Marshland at March 4 Science Saturday

Take a guided marsh walk at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, in Loveladies, as part of the March 4 Science Saturday presentation. Jason Kelsey, a teacher at the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science in Manahawkin, will lead the tour and discuss hydrology and animal life. “Jason will begin with a talk of the ecosystem of coastal

LBI Library Welcomes New Digital Sign

In 1956, the Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library became the library system’s first branch. Now the branch has accomplished a new milestone as it has become the first in the county to have a digital sign. Workers from Signarama in Egg Harbor Township dismantled the old manual sign and erected the new-age board on Feb. 23. Branch Manager Linda

Bay Bridge Due for Facelift as Workers Begin Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation of the old Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridge is finally underway. George Harms Construction Co. of Howell, which received a $63 million contract for the work, has begun removing the surface of the bridge, exposing the girders. According to state Department of Transportation officials, the enhancements to the old bridge will consist of pier cap rehabilitation;

Pallone and LoBiondo Announce Legislation Preventing Flounder Quota Cuts

Congressmen Frank Pallone Jr. (N.J.-6th) and Frank LoBiondo (N.J.-2nd) announced that they will introduce new legislation to prevent the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 2017 and 2018 summer flounder quotas for recreational and commercial fishing from going into effect. Under the NOAA quotas, the summer flounder Acceptable Biological Catch

‘LBI Experience’ Auction on May 13, Save the Date

The LBI Chamber of Commerce is set to host the LBI Experience Auction on Saturday, May 13, at the Daymark in Barnegat Light. The event will take place in the Daymark’s new upstairs banquet room, beginning at 5:30 p.m. A live auction will feature “dozens of unique experiences that make Long Beach Island the most coveted destination on the Jersey Shore,” the chamber invites.