Letter to the Editor: Towering Concerns

Attention Barnegat Light homeowners: With the expectation that many of you may not have heard about it, I would like to make you aware that the borough council has, at its April 12 meeting, passed on first reading a proposed ordinance calling for the raising of the height limit for new construction in the borough from the current 30-foot limit to a new limit of 32 feet. As

Discussion Rises Over Barnegat Light Height Limit Increase

A 2-foot increase in building height limit introduced April 12 by the Barnegat Light Borough Council will face a public hearing at the 5 p.m. May 10 meeting. The ordinance amends the zoning code to change the allowable building height from 30 feet to 32 feet for residences. Proponents, including a majority of council members, noted that other municipalities on Long Beach Island

Tax Rate Up Half-Cent in Barnegat Light

Barnegat Light’s $3.5 million municipal budget with its half-cent tax increase for 2017 was approved by borough council April 12. On the average assessed value of a property, which is $785,009 in Barnegat Light, the tax bill will rise by $43, said borough Chief Financial Officer Kathleen Flanagan. An increase in costs for police and garbage collection services “contributed to the

‘Buy in Barnegat’ Initiative Kicks Off on May 1

Barnegat Township residents and others looking to shop locally and save can take part in the “Buy In Barnegat” initiative, which starts May 1 and lasts through the month. The public is welcome to pick up discount cards, which are available at the municipal complex, 900 West Bay Ave. “You don’t have to be a Barnegat resident to come in and get a card, and you don’t have to fill

Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge Seeks Summer Interns

The Student Conservation Association is managing internship opportunities for the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge this summer, including two positions that have not yet been filled, according to the refuge’s new visitor services manager, Keena Graham. Interns will work alongside educated professionals as they learn the nuances of the wildlife management field.

Alliance for a Living Ocean Volunteers doing Spring Beach Sweeps

On April 22 – Earth Day – volunteers will head to ocean beaches, bays and other waterways throughout New Jersey to pitch in as part of Clean Ocean Action’s Beach Sweeps, an annual coordinated cleanup effort. Alliance for a Living Ocean, which serves as the Beach Sweeps captain for Long Beach Island, encourages local residents to come out and take part in picking up and

Lifeguard Training Course at St. Francis Community Center Begins April 19

With summer drawing closer, many teenagers and young adults might be interested in a lifeguard position. And if you’re among those interested in doing so, now’s the time to prepare and get certified. Fortunately, instructors Emily Cherry and Allison Nemes soon will be on hand at the St. Francis Community Center to provide a lifeguard training course open to strong

Southern Regional Students Show Exhibit at LBI Foundation

Every year the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences offers its Blai Gallery to the art students from Southern Regional School District. The students get to exhibit in a professional setting, and the public gets to realize what a wonderful job the middle and high school art teachers are doing. This year is no exception. The students in the “Art Fundamentals” classes

MacArthur Meets With Head of National Flood Insurance Program

It is becoming apparent that there are two easy ways to raise Congressman Tom MacArthur’s hackles. Don’t tangle with Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, an important economic cog in the two-term representative’s 3rd New Jersey Congressional District that includes the western half of Stafford Township and all of Barnegat Township. And don’t mess with his many constituents

TripAdvisor Subsidiary Names LBI one of Top Family Beaches

Long Beach Island has been selected by the editors of The Independent Traveler’s website Family Vacation Critic as one of the 10 best family beaches in the country, along with the Sea Spray Motel as the recommended lodging. Cape May represented the New Jersey shore on the list in 2015, and The Wildwoods in 2016. But this year it’s LBI’s turn in the spotlight. The compilation,

Mass for Armed Forces, First Responders

Military service people and first responders will be recognized at a Mass of Appreciation to which all are invited at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Brant Beach. The second annual Mass of Appreciation Honoring the Men and Women of the U.S. Armed Forces and First Responders will be held by Knights For Christ The Healer Inc., a 501(c)(3), not-for-

Hard Rock reveals complete makeover plan of Taj Mahal

Donald Trump, domes and minarets are out. Rock ‘n’ roll and guitars — lots of guitars — are in as the Hard Rock chain re-does Atlantic City’s former Trump Taj Mahal casino. The company owned by Florida’s Seminole Indian tribe on Wednesday unveiled its $375 million plan for the shuttered casino resort, which it bought last month from billionaire investor Carl Icahn, and plans to

First Annual LBI Experience Auction

Join our LBI community on Saturday, May 13, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Daymark in Barnegat Light, New Jersey, for apps, a cash bar and a live auction of dozens of unique experiences that make Long Beach Island the most coveted destination on the Jersey Shore. The event will take place at the beautiful, new, upstairs banquet room of the Daymark. Tickets purchased at How