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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stafford Twp seems hopeful to fast track another single use plastic bag ban according to the latest SandPaper article HERE. Very interesting story. It states Long Beach Township is the first municipality in the state to adopt the ban.
“We can’t have plastic bags floating around in water,” Long Beach Township Mayor Joseph Mancini said. “It’s just ridiculous. It’s time to get rid of them.”
If anyone’s been down recently you probably have noticed the beautiful ice flow that we’ve been experiencing this winter.
January 4th was a doozy! Important reminder here regarding gas meters. It’s important to keep your natural gas meter clear of snow and ice buildup.
The gas pressure vent on your meter needs to be kept clear to avoid the potential for dangerous indoor natural gas buildup. The vent can become plugged when ice and snow melt during the day and refreeze at night.
Stay safe during and after the storm. If you suspect a gas leak, leave the area and call the gas leak hotline at 800-582-7060. Remember, this number is for gas leaks only.
The Surf City Taxpayer Association would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year. May it bring joy and peace to one and all!
If you need something last minute to celebrate and welcome the new year there is a NYE bash at the Ship Bottom firehouse. All the details can be found HERE in the Sandpaper.
Surf City Taxpayer Association would like to wish everyone a safe and Merry Christmas. And we would like to remind you that now is the time to join or renew your membership in the Surf City Taxpayers Association as we work to make Surf City a better place to live. Click the image below to link to our online membership page.
Santa’s sleigh was spied making the rounds in Surf City once again! Always a good sign!
More good news concerning the banning of single stream use plastic bags on LBI. More specifically in Surf City where Mayor Francis Hodgson will be addressing the issue in the coming new year. Read all the latest developments HERE in The SandPaper article.
The DOT is scaling back Causeway construction for the winter months. Read the whole story HERE in The SandPaper.
The Surf City Borough is putting approval for Verizon mobile hot spots on hold until the new year. Read all the details HERE in The SandPaper.
We’ve already had several snow falls before the official first day of winter. Always a beautiful sight to have snow on our beaches!