In this time of crisis for all Americans, we are heartened by the acts of kindness and heroism all around us. The Partnership gives thanks and applaud the heroes – the doctors, nurses, health care workers who are helping to protect us and save lives 24/7; local police, the essential businesses that remain open, and the volunteers that have responded to the crisis.. The calmness and pleasures of our Jersey Shore beaches are awaiting us. In the meantime, practice social distancing, keep in touch via social media with family and friends, and STAY HOME.
The Jersey Shore Partnership stands as the state’s leading advocate and champion of beach replenishment and restoration to protect our coastline — a natural treasure, a major contributor to the state’s tourism industry, and a favorite destination for fun and relaxation.
All of us value the Jersey Shore beaches for the quality of life they offer, the economy they stimulate, and the environmental habitats they create. We also recognize that our New Jersey coast is very vulnerable to storm surges that cause serious erosion and damage to the coastal infrastructure, our first line of defense. For the past two centuries, New Jersey has worked to maintain and protects it beaches. The Jersey Shore Partnership is committed to ensuring that this effort continues for our generation and beyond. As a member you are an advocate for the future of the Jersey Shore.
History of Successful Advocacy
The Jersey Shore Partnership was created as a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization as a result of the 1991devastating Halloween storm with the mission to guarantee that state and federal funding would be available to protect New Jersey’s 127 miles of coastal shoreline from the damages that storms can inflict. The Partnership is dedicated to raising the awareness of state and federal officials and the public to the need for safeguarding the shoreline through beach restoration and other shore protection methods.
The Partnership’s first successful advocacy effort resulted in the enactment of an annual $15 million dedicated Shore protection fund in 1992, the first such legislation to be passed in the nation. In 1998, that amount was increased to $25 million, where it stands today. This unprecedented legislation created the opportunity to advance a cost-sharing partnership with the Federal government that typically has provided 65% of federal funding for beach replenishment projects with the local share at 35%. Of that local share, the State matches 75% to the receiving municipality’s share of 25% of the match cost or roughly 9 cents on the dollar of the total project cost. This cost-sharing partnership has enabled the state to safeguard its shoreline through beach restoration, re-nourishment and ongoing maintenance management.
Superstorm Sandy taught us that future costs of mitigation will be more complex and expensive. Successful resiliency projects must include the impact of coastal storm surges on the bays, streams, lakes and rivers that are impacted by coastal storms and cause severe flooding. More Sandy-like storms are anticipated as a result of sea level rise and global warming. The Department of Environmental Protection, related Government departments, academic institutions and environmental organizations are collaborating to achieve mitigation strategies that will address climate change, support shore protection and stimulate economic development. The Shore Protection Fund is severely underfunded for future Corps/State cost-sharing partnership projects and to also continue its state/municipal projects. For the past three Legislative sessions, the Partnership has presented bills to the Senate and Assembly Environment committees seeking an increase in funding through the Realty Transfer Fee, the Fund’s source. We will continue to address this issue throughout the current session and beyond to ensure that all the efforts of the state to address the growing threats of climate change can be realized.