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    Jersey Shore Partnership : February 17, 2014 7:38 pm : News

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    WINTER E-MAIL NEWSLETTER

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    JERSEY SHORE PARTNERSHIP

    Snow has been center stage since the start of 2014 but we are looking to change the conversation to what’s ahead for the next few weeks and months after the snow has melted.

    Shore Mayors head to Washington, DC

    Mayors Dina Long, Sea Bright; John Oldham, Harvey Cedars; and Joe Mancini, Long Beach Township will represent the Jersey Shore Mayors as panelists at the American Shore and Beach Association’s (ASBPA) annual Coastal Summit in Washington, DC on February 26.  While there, they will have an opportunity to meet with mayors from other coastal states, attend a meeting with top Corps of Engineers officials and visit with New Jersey Congressmen. I attend the conference each year to represent all of you and share news of our beach communities.

    That evening there will be a reception where I will have the privilege of presenting the Friend of the Coast Award to Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. along with Tom Herrington, ASBPA and Jersey Shore Partnership board member. The Congressman in his long career in public service on the local, state and national levels, has demonstrated his outstanding support for the protection of our coastal waters and the beaches.

    Displaced Sandy Victims Voice Concerns at Public Hearings

    Three public hearings have been schedule to discuss of the disbursement of Hurricane Sandy Recovery funds.  The first hearing was held in South Jersey.  The final hearing is scheduled for February 21, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft in the Robert Collins Arena.  You can preregister to speak at the Brookdale hearing; comments will be limited to three minutes.

    Partnership Foundation Awarded Grant for Dune Education

    TD Bank has awarded a grant to the Partnership, in collaboration with the Sea Grant Consortium, to support a year-long, statewide educational program for students and teachers in grades 5-12 to increase awareness and understanding of beach and dune dynamics in relation to coastal storms. The classroom and “hands-on” activities will help to bring about a deeper understanding and appreciation for our fragile coastline.

    Partnership Board Elects New President at Annual Meeting

    Robert Mainberger, PE, Senior Vice President, Hatch Mott MacDonald environmental engineering firm, was elected President at the Partnership’s annual meeting in January, He has been a Partnership board member since 2007 and served as vice president prior to his election as President. Mainberger’s professional experience, expertise and management of complex coastal issues will provide the Partnership with strong leadership in the months ahead.

    Federal Funding for Coastal Projects Gains Support in Congress

    The federal budget contains the most funding for coastal programs in almost two decades.  The Omnibus bill contained more that $150 million for coastal protection.  Additionally the Water Resources Development Act, now awaiting conference approval, would provide $8 billion dollars for water infrastructure projects. If we were to find a good outcome from Sandy, it is that the disaster served as a reminder that federal (and other) funds are needed BEFORE the storm to ensure that the coast is strong enough to withstand the storm surge. While this is news to celebrate, there is no guarantee that the Congressional climate will be as forthcoming in future years.  As a state we must continue to ensure that funding is in place to maintain and protect our beaches and attract federal dollars for Corps projects along our coast.

    Summer Celebration is on its Way!

    Mark your calendars for JUNE 9, 2014.  It’s back to Ft. Hancock, Sandy Hook for the Partnership’s 18th Summer Celebration. Festivities start at 5:30 p.m. Contact me or Patti Baxter for information on sponsorships, tickets and event details.

    BE A VOICE FOR THE JERSEY SHORE  ~  JOIN THE PARTNERSHIP TODAY

    The Partnership needs your support to continue our advocacy work to protect and preserve our beaches. Check out our website and follow us on Facebook for more information about the work of the Jersey Shore Partnership – on the scene and behind the scene working for the preservation of our coastline, a unique New Jersey Treasure.  There is much to be grateful for but there is much work to do in restoring the Jersey Shore to its pre-Sandy vitality.  Your membership keeps the momentum going.  Thank you.

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    FEMA Releases Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Middlesex and Monmouth Counties

    Jersey Shore Partnership : February 3, 2014 5:54 pm : News

    FEMA Releases Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Middlesex and Monmouth Counties

    Friday, January 31, 2014 For Immediate Release

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today released Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for Middlesex and Monmouth Counties that reflect the latest refinements to the ongoing analysis of flood hazards. This release is the next step in the coastal Flood Insurance Study update. The Preliminary FIRMs replace the Preliminary Work Maps for Middlesex and Monmouth Counties that were released in June/July of 2013 as an interim product.
    The new maps are extremely important as FEMA, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and Middlesex and Monmouth County communities continue to work in partnership to support resilient communities, and to avoid or reduce the loss of life and property, and the financial impacts of flooding. The Preliminary FIRMs reflect the same coastal flood risks as the Preliminary Work Maps and have now been updated to include riverine flooding.
    The release of the Preliminary FIRMs indicates the first step in the official regulatory review process. The next step is a statutory 90-day appeal and comment period, which is expected to begin in Spring 2014. Property owners and interested parties will have the opportunity to appeal the Preliminary FIRMs by submitting technical documentation to their local Floodplain Administrators during this period. Once the appeal period is over, and all appeals are resolved, FEMA will issue a Letter of Final Determination (LFD) to the Middlesex and Monmouth County communities that initiates the six-month adoption period before the maps become effective.
    Upon becoming effective, expected to occur in 2015, the new FIRMs will determine flood insurance rates. In the meantime, to promote higher standards for building performance and reduce potential future flood insurance costs, NJDEP and FEMA encourage Middlesex and Monmouth County communities to refer to the standards reflected in the Preliminary FIRMs for the construction of new and substantially improved structures.

    For more information on flood risk mapping and insurance, visit www.region2coastal.com , www.msc.fema.gov, and www.floodsmart.gov.

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    A Holiday Message

    Jersey Shore Partnership : December 27, 2013 4:02 pm : News

    Happy holidays from the Jersey Shore Partnership

    We are celebrating the restoration of our beaches.

    We are applauding the resiliency of our shore neighbors and friends.

    We are wishing everyone a warm, safe holiday with family.

    We are looking forward to an extra-ordinary 2014!

    Best to all of you.

    Margot Walsh
    Executive Director

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    US Army Corps of Engineers Reports on Work Completed

    Jersey Shore Partnership : November 27, 2013 5:45 pm : News

    The Philadelphia District of the Army Corps has been working restore previously constructed beach replenishment projects in New Jersey since Sandy. The Corps manages missions in New Jersey south of Manasquan Inlet. The following beaches are completed:

    Avalon Long Beach Island at Harvey Cedars, Surf City and Brant Beach (34-57 streets)

    Absecon Island – work completed at Atlantic City; ongoing at Ventnor

    Brigantine

    Cape May City – ongoing

    Long Beach Island at Harvey Cedars, Surf City and Brant Beach (34-57 streets)

    Lower Cape May Meadows – periodic nourishment work completed

    North Ocean City

    Stone Harbor

    Stay tuned for latest update on the Army Corps North District report.

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    Jersey Shore Partnership Board Members Shine at League Convention!

    Jersey Shore Partnership : November 22, 2013 3:17 pm : News

    The Jersey Shore Partnership congratulates Suzanne Walters, Mayor of Stone Harbor and Partnership Board member on her election as the new President of the League of Municipalities at the League’s annual convention in Atlantic City this week. Partnership board member Avalon Mayor Marty Pagliughi accepted the League of Municipalities Innovation Award on behalf of the borough at the Mayors Luncheon.  Sue Howard, Monmouth Beach Mayor and Partnership Board member, served on a panel that focused on flooding issue and remediation strategies.

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