LBI Schools and Stuck Trucks

Interesting update HERE in The SandPaper about the state of our elementary schools here on the island.

…and here’s a slightly amusing video of how NOT to deliver building materials here on LBI!

Dune Grass Planting and Conch Horn Blowing

If you were lucky enough to be here over the weekend you got to enjoy the beautiful weather and maybe even spied some volunteer dune grass worker planting away!


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….and maybe you even got to stay an extra day to enjoy Monday’s spectacular display of color as the sunset fired away!


For an interesting story about conchs on LBI click here for the scoop from The SandPaper.


Causeway Update and Kite Festival Video


7 p.m. Friday, 10/13/17: The NJDOT has altered the eastbound Rte. 72 approach to the first Causeway trestle bridge, shifting all eastbound traffic into the right lane.
Important: Going over that bridge, there is single-lane traffic in both directions, eastbound and westbound – no barrier!


Hopefully some of you got to attend the 3rd Annual LBI FLY Kite Festival in Ship Bottom last weekend. It was a spectacular event with great weather, wind, and attendance. Here’s a video from local Jack Bushko of Island Surf and Sail displaying some of the many colorful kites and wind things that were on display.



Kites, a Farm Award, and The Clam Jam

Looking for something to do during this beautiful October weather we’ve been having.

First the LBI FLY kite festival returns for it’s third year.  Very exciting display of some magical and colorful flying machines! It’s this weekend! (10-7 & 8)

Seems Ethel E. school won an award for best “Farm”. It’s a beautiful garden they have grown over there. Link here for the SandPaper article w/all the details.

And for those interested in the ocean and it’s happenings keep an eye out for the 11th Annual Clam Jam. It’s a grass roots gathering of all LBI’s best surfers for a fun day of competition sponsored by Jetty.


Rip Currents and Speed Limits

A drive through North Beach and Harvey Cedars today revealed the 45mph speed limit. Nice addition to the early blinking traffic lights this year! It will help everyone get to Beach Haven for Chowderfest Weekend. But be careful, the south end has reduced speed limits and working traffic lights, as in the greens and reds are active!

Hopefully everyone is safe if any have been in the ocean. Hurricane Maria marched up the coast and sent very large swells to the entire eastern seaboard. Surf City has the rip current warnings up along w/no swimming. As of this posting there will still be a danger over the weekend as the swell train slowly recedes.

Here’s a few photos of the large surf being ridden here on LBI from the Hurricane Maria swells.


Blinking Lights and Trash

As of Friday, September 15th all traffic lights in Surf City are now blinking. This is a welcome change that came earlier than usual as typically they don’t start the blinkers until October after Chowderfest weekend.







If you are having trouble viewing the schedule here on the website try this LINK to the schedule.


School Consolidation Vote: Information You Can Use

There is an upcoming vote on September 26th concerning the proposed LBI school consolidation and related bond issues.

The Surf City Taxpayer Association is not taking a formal position on this issue, but instead encourage you to familiarize yourself with the details so you can make an informed voting decision. For those who own homes in Surf City but do not vote here, we publish this information for you as well so you can understand the impact on our Borough and on your taxes.

The most direct way to get informed is to attend the last public meeting of the Long Beach Island School Board prior to the district’s consolidation referendum on Sept. 26. The meeting will take place at on Tuesday September 19, 7 p.m. at the Ethel A. Jacobsen Elementary School in Surf City.

Here are links to several resources to get up to speed on the issues:

Detailed information on the LBI Consolidated School District site. There is also a video the Board created that can found here.

A sample ballot with the 2 questions to be voted on (Ocean County website)

A Sandpaper article recapping the Surf City Borough Council position on the issue

A fact sheet compiled by the Barnegat Light Taxpayers’ Association

A summary and point of view provided by the Harvey Cedars Taxpayer Association

A letter to the editor of the Sandpaper this week opposed to the referendum

A letter to the editor of The Sandpaper supportive of the referendum

Hurricane Season Awareness

SCTA would like everyone to be aware that we are now in peak hurricane season. As most of you probably know hurricane Irma was a serious category 5 storm which brought much destruction to the Caribbean, Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia. We are now looking at a smaller storm named Jose which is currently approaching the United States east coast. While this hurricane may be much less of a threat than Irma it definitely bears keeping a close watch as it is still possible for it to intensify. It looks like it may come within 200 miles of the New Jersey coast. A good website to help with it’s tracking and forecast is maintained by the National Hurricane Center. Please do monitor this hurricane and keep safe.


Large swell generated from Hurricane Jose

Off Season Update

Surf City will have the 12th to 14th street beaches open until Sunday, Sept 10. All other beaches will be swim at your own risk. After Sept. 10, no lifeguards will be on the beaches in Surf City. Please use caution when swimming or surfing on an unguarded beach.


Now that school is in session please take note of the graphic below to familiarize yourself with the proper laws regarding school buses when picking up and dropping off students.

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Happy Labor Day!

The Surf City Taxpayer Association would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Labor Day holiday….and thanks to all who supported all the events and activities we sponsored this summer.