New Generation of Air Force Tankers Headed to Joint Base

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

88-Year-old ‘Surfing Patriarch’ Rescued From Burning Beach Surf Shop

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.

Flooding From Nor’easter ‘Quite Significant’ on LBI

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

Aquaculture Bills Sponsored by 9th District Legislators Signed Into Law

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

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

Things Are Greening Up for Atlantis Golf Course

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,”

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

Letter to the Editor: Sea Glass Gift

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

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.

Barnegat Light Can’t Bank on Another Deposit Branch

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,

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.

Fishermen pack public hearing on federal flounder regulation

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.