• An Open Letter to the Press: Thank You to the Army Corps of Engineers

    by  • September 5, 2014 • News

    IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    September 3, 2014

    Jersey Shore Partnership
    One River Centre
    331 Newman Springs Rd.
    Red Bank, NJ 07701

    Margot Walsh
    Executive Director
    732-212-4145
    732-718-6274 (cell)

    As summer 2014 winds down, we extend our thanks to the Army Corps of Engineers for their role in providing an outstanding season for New Jersey’s beaches. The entire shoreline from Sandy Hook to Cape May Point has never looked better as a result of the Corps post-Sandy beach replenishment projects. Thanks also to Governor Christie and our Congressional representatives whose advocacy on behalf of our Sandy-devastated communities provided New Jersey with federal funding for the beach projects.

    The Corps of Engineers and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection coastal engineers will continue their work along the shore over the coming months and into early 2015 including projects in Port Monmouth, Sea Bright, Long Branch, Elberon, Loch Arbor, Long Beach Island, and Northern Ocean County from Berkley Township to Point Pleasant.

    One of every 11 people in New Jersey and adjoining states lives within 50 miles of the Jersey Shore and our beaches are the magnet that attracts people to the Jersey Shore to live and visit. The Jersey Shore’s $19 billion tourism revenues represent one-half of the state’s total tourism dollars and Superstorm Sandy reminded us just how important our beaches are to the state’s tourism economy.

    Blessed by good weather, the summer of 2014 at the Jersey Shore has delivered a much-needed economic boost. As we move into the fall and winter seasons, we need to remember that our beaches require year-round protection and maintenance. Volunteer to plant dunes and erect storm fences, participate in beach sweeps, support efforts to limit coastal development and let your elected officials know you appreciate their efforts to bring back and support our beaches.

    The Jersey Shore Partnership, “the sand on the beach people” is a not-for-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization that focuses on stable funding for coastal protection and beach replenishment and those issues and initiatives that are important to the New Jersey Shore coastal communities and the State’s tourism economy.

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    The Jersey Shore Partnership is an advocate of initiatives that are unique and important to the Jersey Shore coastal communities with an emphasis on shore protection and beach replenishment. The Partnership takes an active role in New Jersey’s economy including tourism, coastal resources, vital infrastructure, education and emergency preparedness.