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Outdoor Dining Rejected and LBI Shuttle News

The Surf City Land Use Board recently denied an application by the owners of the Surf City Hotel for outdoor dining. Read all the details HERE in The SandPaper.

Also please note that the once free LBI Shuttle service will now  cost $2 for a one way trip and $5 for an unlimited day pass. Read all the details about the new shuttle fees and many other new and interesting LBI developments HERE.

The igloo doghouse type structure elevated right to the south of the causeway in the marsh was recently spotted with activity of the peregrine falcons that have nested there.




Bring A Bag and Drive Carefully

If you don’t already know by now there are three local municipalities banning businesses from using single use plastic take away bags. They are Stafford Twp, Harvey Cedars, and Long Beach Twp. So don’t forget to bring your reusable bags with you when shopping and read about all the details HERE in The SandPaper.

Road work has begun on Barnegat Ave in Surf City so use caution when navigating that roadway. There are alot of heavy vehicles and construction equipment in the area.


Beach Sweeps Cleanup Event

It is very important to pick up debris on the beach and dispose of it properly. And here’s an event that can actually make it fun. Please consider volunteering and remember, the wildlife will thank you for it. Ocean pollution is a terrible thing that is detrimental to all living creatures.

These are photos of a local terrapin turtle and a great egret and taken recently in the Holgate Wildlife Refuge. One of the worst locations on the island for plastic overwash.




Plastic bottle caps gathered for disposal. 








Snowy Storm and Owl

Our fourth March nor-easter rolled through on the 21st ushering in spring w/a bang! The island got around 10″ of the white stuff and there is some moderate beach erosion showing in Surf City now.

Also the snowy owl in Holgate is still hanging around here in our early spring season. Some hearty hikers have been taking to the beautiful refuge to try and snag a glimpse and a photo of the fat bird!









Barnegat Avenue Road Work and Street Sweeping

Please be aware of the sewer drainage work being done on Barnegat Avenue. Below is a timetable of the scheduled work. The work will replace a few of the old storm drains that flow into the bay with upgraded ones that don’t allow plastics and other items to get into the system.

Spring street sweeping has been contracted for and at this time it’s scheduled for the week of April 23rd. It will be important that vehicles not be parked on side streets so that we can get the most thorough job possible. SCPD will be using social media to assist in alerting residents.

Barnegat Avenue Project. Due to three Nor’Easters over a period of about two weeks, the schedule for work on Barnegat Avenue has been amended. New dates are as follows and subject to further weather delays:11th – 5th Streets
* Mobilize and complete drainage installation – 4 weeks 3/14/18 – 4/11/18
* Curb Installation – 3 weeks 4/11/18 – 5/2/18
* Roadwork and Paving Installation – 2 weeks 5/2/18 – 5/16/18

5th – 3rd Streets

* Drainage – March 19 – March 29

* Concrete work – April 5 & 6
* Milling – April 9-April 11
* Paving – April 23 – 24
* Striping – April 27

Stormy Weather

It’s been a rough start to March here on LBI. Starting on Friday the 2nd with winter storm Riley and ending on Wednesday the 7th with winter storm Quinn. The flooding became quite severe when Quinn rolled through. Flood waters hadn’t been seen that high since Superstorm Sandy hit back in 2012. Largely due to the fact that the water was piled up in the back bays from Riley and hadn’t fully receeded yet by the time Quinn hit. Some great photos HERE in The SandPaper.


There was also sitings of hail and “Snowthunder” reported.

NJ Tax Break

As the Taxpayer Association for Surf City, we wanted to let you know about a new development concerning your state and local taxes.
See the article below from the Philadelphia Inquirer. Apparently a few other states are also trying this. It is possible that the IRS will try to block efforts like this. But it might take awhile to wind it’s way through the courts.
On another front….we’re wondering if this newly erected Surf City dune fence will still be here after the nor-easter this weekend. Let’s hope so.

LBI Wildlife and A Changing Ship Bottom

There is an interesting new site as you enter LBI. Just to the south of Rt 72 on the east side of the big causeway bridge you can plainly see a structure which supports an igloo looking doghouse. It’s there for a couple of peregrine falcons to nest in. Read the full story HERE in The Sandpaper.

Along with the peregrine falcons there has been a snowy owl or two sited in Holgate in the wildlife refuge.

Along with the sites of the former State Room and the vacant Exxon gas station at the circle, the Drifting Sands Motel on the oceanfront block at Eighth Street will be undergoing changes. If you’re curious about the changing face of the LBI gateway we call Ship Bottom read about it HERE in TheSandPaper.

“A Plastic Ocean”

More good news on the plastic bag ban issue. As of June 1st Harvey  Cedars will ban single use plastic bags at all businesses. Shoppers will be expected to either bring their own bags or pay a fee for recycled paper bags. All the details HERE in The SandPaper. Look for a showing of the documentary “A Plastic Ocean” over the summer.

All the ice that was in the bay this winter is now a memory. It was very beautiful while it lasted.


Beachfront Snowpack and Plastic Bags

If you were lucky enough to be here on January 9th and managed to navigate any of the beach accesses that were blocked by HUGE plow drifts you might have witnesses a rare and amazing phenomenon here on LBI. The beach had quite alot of snow pack right up the water’s edge and the waves were washing into it as the tide rose. HERE’S a link to a video of that day.

And in an update on the single use plastic bag ban issue, Long Beach Township has adopted an ordinance against using single use plastic bags starting May 1st. Every LBT home will be receiving 2 re-useable bags to get started.  Why BYOBag? Because canvas bags packs groceries more efficiently, makes less waste & reduces litter. Because it is the right thing to do! It is time to create a new recycling culture. One that is about sustainability & re-usability. So please don’t forget your canvas if you plan to shop anywhere in LBT.