IIn these polarized political times it is highly unusual for Democrats and Republicans to agree on anything. But last Thursday a number of Garden State politicians were, for one day at least, united. The U.S. Air Force had announced that it would base some of its next generation of air refueling tankers, the KC-46A, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. That thrilled Democrats such as
The Barnegat Bay Shellfish Forum gathered experts from all depths of experience: scientists and commercial farmers, to talk about what needs to be done to optimize future harvests. “Effective restoration of the shellfish resources” is the goal, said ReClam the Bay President Rick Bushnell and Gef Flimlin, retiring Marine Extension Agent with Rutgers Cooperative Extension.
Richard Lisiewski, 88, the original owner of the Brighton Beach Surf Shop in Long Beach Township, could have lost his life if Matt Letts, deputy chief of the Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Co., hadn’t noticed that the attic of the second-floor apartment above the shop was on fire early Sunday morning, Jan. 22. Letts was driving on Long Beach Boulevard near 86th Street just after 2 a.m.
The developer of a proposed hotel in Ship Bottom received unanimous approval of two changes in the site plan from the borough’s land use board last week. In addition, applicant Christopher Vernon said the opening for the proposed Hotel LBI has been pushed back from the original target date of the summer of 2018 to the summer of 2020. It was nearly two years ago
Construction is ramping up on the Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridges project, as a few jobs need to be completed before crews can begin the rehabilitation of the old bridge. Motorists have most likely noticed that work has started to advance in multiple locations along the project area. Crews are conducting scour countermeasures on the Hilliard’s Thorofare Bridge, closest to
Ship Bottom Mayor William Huelsenbeck Tuesday summed up what a lot of Island residents were thinking when he said this week’s nor’easter caused the worst flooding on Long Beach Island that he has seen since Superstorm Sandy. “I would say overall, it might have been the fifth and sixth worst I’d ever seen,” he said. “Some homes had water in their garages. I didn’t
Flooding, some of the worst this area has seen since Superstorm Sandy, and beach erosion were visible impacts of a nor’easter that made road travel difficult Monday night, Jan. 23 into Tuesday, Jan 24. Large potions of Long Beach Boulevard were impassable and closed by the Long Beach Township Police Department. Wind gusts yesterday recorded in Harvey Cedars
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 first bill, A-793, requires New Jersey’s secretary of agriculture and the commissioner of the
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
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. Many of the designated areas are located in Southern Ocean County, including Cloverdale
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. “From a fire in our maintenance building to the drought’s effect on the greens to past problems with how the restaurant there was operated, even with all this, Atlantis is a county-run golf course that still continues to exceed expectations,”
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
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. “The Deep Freeze Fest will transform the LBIF gallery into a cozy ski lodge setting with live music from The Dreadful Sea Shanties,” the Foundation
To the Editor: In the early afternoon of Christmas day, my wife and I were walking on the beach in Barnegat Light. During our walk, we collected pieces of clear, green and brown sea glass. It occurred to us that it would be nice if we found some blue sea glass, but we did not. We passed a young lady jogging on the beach early in our walk. We met again later, and the jogger gave
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. It was not for lack of trying. Not only the property owner, but also the mayor and town’s chief financial officer sought out numerous banks for the 1508 Central location. “We did,” confirmed Mayor Kirk Larson,
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. Borough meetings are held in the municipal building, 10 East 7th Street, Barnegat Light. Committee chairmanships are also the same as the previous year. They
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.
Fishermen packed a public hearing Thursday night to discuss a federal regulation that some say would effectively kill summer flounder fishing in South Jersey. At issue is a federal proposal to cut this year’s summer flounder catch by 40 percent to an all-time low. “What they’re doing is taking away our ability to fish,” said George Sylvester, 64, a fisherman from Cape May. “They’re
The reduction plan was advanced at a Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council meeting last month, and its implementation would likely mean much stricter controls on New Jersey fishermen.
The flounder stock is in “an overfishing situation,” said Kirby Rootes-Murdy, senior fishery management plan coordinator at the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.
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. Christopher Vernon is looking to build the 105-room Hotel LBI, which will be erected at the current site of the Stateroom. Prior to 2007, the Stateroom