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    Jersey Shore Partnership Opposes Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling

    Jersey Shore Partnership : January 30, 2018 2:53 pm : News

    The Department of the Interior has released the next phase of the 5-year Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program. The plan includes opening the entire Atlantic Ocean from Maine to Florida for drilling including all of the Jersey Shore and NY’s South Shore and would allow rigs to come within 3 miles of beaches.

    According to U.S. Department of the Interior, between 2001 and 2015, there were 589 oil spills in federal waters. An oil spill would destroy New Jersey’coastal economy, cause substantial environmental impacts and infrastructure damage; destroy property values, and result in insurmountable business losses.


    NJ’s Citizen Hearing & BOEM Public Meeting

    FEBRUARY 14, 2018, 3 –7 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Hamilton, NJ.

    Voice your opposition at the Citizen Hearing by testifying to a professional transcriber before stopping by BOEM’s Public Meeting to express your opposition and submit written comments.

    Please see fact sheet for correct stats. NY’s coastal economy is valued at 20 billion, not NJ’s. However, please note that a previous version may have stated this as NJ’s coastal economy makes up for about 2/3 of NJ’s tourism. Correct statement from fact sheet reads: “Most of New Jersey’s $44.1 billion dollar tourism industry success is generated at the Jersey Shore.”

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    JSP Hosts Annual Holiday Reception

    Jersey Shore Partnership : December 13, 2017 3:11 pm : News

    The Jersey Shore Partnership hosted an Annual Holiday Reception for its supporters at Charlie’s Bay Head. Event sponsors were New Jersey Resources, Jersey Central Power & Light, Brinkerhoff Environmental Solutions, and OceanFirst Foundation. The event was an opportunity for Board members to enjoy an evening with our Ocean County partners in shore protection.

    Elected officials that attended included State Senator Sam Thompson; Ocean County Freeholder Joe Vicari; Mayor Robert Matthies, Seaside Heights, and his wife Bonnie; and Mayor Bob Campbell, Downe Township.

    The Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District is currently implementing a beach replenishment project from the Manasquan Inlet to Barnegat Inlet. Two Corps representatives from the Philadelphia district joined us for the Reception.

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    THIS SAYS IT ALL – From Representative Rutherford of Florida, Regarding Beach Renourishment

    Jersey Shore Partnership : November 7, 2017 10:01 pm : Calls to Action, News


    To inspire you, here’s what Rep. Rutherford (R-FL4 – Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Beach) said at a Congressional Transportation and Infrastructure hearing last week:

    “For coastal communities like mine, beaches, sand dunes and other shoreline infrastructure provide the first line of defense against storm surge.  New Jersey saw it 5 years ago with Superstorm Sandy, and Florida saw it last year with Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew, and again, this September, with Hurricane Irma. Shore protection is very personal to coastal districts, like mine.  However, shore protection projects should be important to more than just coastal communities.

    Fifty percent of the U.S. population lives within one hour of a seashore.  Beaches help generate $225 billion for the national economy and contribute $25 billion in federal tax revenue.  They also contribute a $26 billion trade surplus in tourism.  Not to mention that when local, state and federal agencies invest in shore protection projects before a storm, less funding is needed for rebuilding roads, utilities, businesses and homes after a storm hits. When we look back at Hurricane Matthew last October, studies show that beach renourishment saved billions of dollars in infrastructure damages.  This is a matter of safety, but it is also a matter of fiscal common sense.”

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    Rip Current Awareness

    Jersey Shore Partnership : October 3, 2017 10:31 am : News

    The unusually warm temperatures have brought people back to the beach to enjoy the sand and surf. Unfortunately, the recent hurricanes have brought with them a strong surf and an increase in dangerous life-threatening rip currents. The recent tragic deaths are a warning that caution is the watchword.

    Before heading to the beach, check your internet for the tide report and ocean conditions at your beach destination. Do not attempt to go into the ocean if there are no lifeguards present. This time of year, most beaches do not have lifeguards on duty during the week or on weekends. Note if the beach has warning flags flying.

    If you do venture into the ocean and are caught in a rip current do not swim directly toward shore but swim or float diagonally with the coastline until the rip current passes.

    Rip currents are not easy to identify so best advice is to stay on the sand and enjoy the ocean from your beach chair!

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    Ortley Beach Emergency Beach Fill Completed

    Jersey Shore Partnership : June 20, 2017 1:41 pm : News, Uncategorized

    The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE or Army Corps) completed an emergency beach replenishment at Ortley Beach (Toms River) over the past three weeks.  They will return in the fall to complete the job with the building of a dune which will be part of the 13 mile long dune that will stretch from Point Pleasant to Berkeley Township (Midway Beach/South Seaside Park) ending at the entrance to Island Beach State Park.  Attached are pictures of the “before” and “after” beach replenishment at 7th Avenue in Ortley Beach.

    The Army Corps schedule for this project, being implemented by Weeks Marine, Inc., can be followed on the USACE website at 

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