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 New Jersey 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, Mantoloking, Long Beach Island, and Northern Ocean County from Berkeley 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 those issues and initiatives that are important to the New Jersey Shore coastal communities and the State’s tourism economy.
Margot Walsh, Executive Director
Jersey Shore Partnership