jersey shore partnership execsPHOTO: ( left to right):  Robert Mainberger,President Jersey Shore Partnership; John Szeliga, Chairman of the Jersey Shore Partnership Board of Trustees and Margot Walsh, Executive Director Jersey Shore Partnership will accept the Big Wave Anchor Award at the October ceremony. Photo Credit Joe Sharp

Not-for-profit Recognized for Coastal Advocacy and Beach Protection Activities

WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ - The Jersey Shore Partnership, will be honored by the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau (JSCVB) when it’s presented with the Big Wave Anchor Award at Branches, West Long Branch, on Wednesday, October 15.  The Anchor Award is given annually to an individual or organization that has been a force for positive change and an asset to the Jersey Shore community. 

The Award was recently announced by Robert Hilton, Executive Director of the JSCVB. The Jersey Shore Partnership is being recognized for its ongoing advocacy efforts to secure a stable source of funding on the State and federal levels to protect New Jersey’s 130 miles coastline through beach restoration and nourishment projects that act as a buffer between the surf and infrastructure along the shoreline.  

The Partnership has a long history of successful advocacy on behalf of beaches.  Following two devastating storms in the early nineties, the Partnership was established as an advocacy organization to work with the Legislature in approving a dedicated source of funding for rebuilding beaches and communities destroyed by storm-driven beach erosion. Recognizing that wide resilient beaches are the magnet for Jersey Shore tourism - a $19 billion industry - the Legislature approved a $25 billion annual Shore Protection Fund that has been a catalyst for Federal funding for more than two decades.  

The Partnership works collaboratively with universities including Stevens Institute, Monmouth University and Stockton College, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, Marine Trades Association,Monmouth-Ocean Development Council, Chambers of Commerce, state wide businesses and shore communities to create greater awareness of the need to protect and preserve New Jersey’s beaches and waterways.

Outreach activities have included an educational program with the Girl Scouts on the dangers of rip currents; workshops for middle and high school teachers on the importance of dunes to the ecology of our beaches; and conferences with the Corps of Engineers and state and federal experts on building more resilient beaches in view of anticipated future storms and the impact of sea level rise and global warming.

John Szeliga, Director External Affairs, Verizon, New Jersey and Chairman of the Jersey Shore Partnership Board of Trustees noted, “Sandy was a defining event for the Partnership in reaffirming its mission that beach replenishment projects that create wide beaches and protective systems like dunes provide greater resilience in face of major storms. The Partnership is committed to working with the Corps of Engineers and state.”

Other Big Wave Award 2014 recipients are Robert Provost, formerly of the Star Ledger; Laurita Winery; Spark Market Solutions; Leggett’s Sand Bar; and the Borough of Seaside Park.  Ticket information is available at www.visitthejerseyshore.com.

The Jersey Shore Partnership is a not-for-profit advocacy organization that focuses on securing stable funding for beach preservation and protection. Its mission supports those activities and other coastal initiatives important to Jersey Shore communities and the State’s tourism economy.