Statehouse News

Measure Calls for Update of New Jersey's Shore Protection Master Plan

be1c3a326cf1147bfb11_belmarbeachsunrise2.jpg
Legislation has been introduced in both the state Senate and General Assembly that would require the Department of Environmental Protection to update the New Jersey Shore Protection Master Plan. Credits: Bridget Franklin
be1c3a326cf1147bfb11_belmarbeachsunrise2.jpg

TRENTON, NJ — Taking an inventory of projects that protect New Jersey's shoreline is a major goal of measure proposed in the state Legislature.

Assemblywomen Joann Downey (D-Monmouth) and Nancy Pinkin (D-Middlesex) have sponsored a bill that has been passed in the Assembly requiring the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to update the New Jersey Shore Protection Master Plan.

“It is imperative that we take the necessary steps to ensure the beautiful property and infrastructure down the shore maintains its viability,” said Downey, “We have suffered through some brutally destructive storms over the past several years, partially due to climate change, and the creation of managerial lists will allow us to effectively and efficiently protect our shoreline properties from coastal storm damage, erosion and rising sea levels."

Sign Up for E-News

An identical bill has been introduced by Vin Gopal (D-Monmouth) in the state Senate, where it is being considered by the budget and appropriations committee

Under both bills, the DEP would have to include the following updates within two years of the law's passage:

  • A comprehensive list of the shore protection projects undertaken in New Jersey since the establishment of the Shore Protection Fund.
  • A list of all current and ongoing shore protection projects in the state.
  • A list of all currently planned shore protection projects anticipated to be undertaken in the state within the next five years.
  • A list of any request by a local government unit for a shore protection project that was denied funding from the Shore Protection Fund.
  • A five-year capital program for beach protection facilities, projects and programs.
  • An evaluation of land use management alternatives, including land acquisition, as a means of risk reduction as part of the department’s planning and implementation of shore protection projects.
  • Consideration and prioritization of the use of natural and nature-based approaches to hazard and risk reduction.
  • An enforceable plan for the protection, expansion and enhancement of meaningful public access to the shoreline and public trust lands throughout New Jersey, including the development of necessary support facilities to ensure equitable access to public trust lands.

DEP will consult with experts in coastal zone and shoreline management in the development of the update to the plan.

Each project listed in the plan would include a description of the project, including its location, scope, purpose, impact, estimated cost, estimated construction schedule and sponsors.

TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como is Belmar and Lake Como’s only free daily newspaper. Accredited by the New Jersey Press Association, it is the official electronic newspaper of both municipalities. As a locally owned news organization, TAPinto through its advertisers is able to publish online, objective news 24/7 at no charge. Sign up for its free daily e-News, and follow it on Facebook and Twitter.

Download the free TAPinto App! Click here for Android - Click here for iOS to get news as it is happening.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Belmar/Lake Como

Congressman Smith Lauds BPU Action Rejecting Power Line Plan

June 23, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Chris Smith, who represents much of Monmouth County, applauded New Jersey Board of Public Utilities's decision rejecting the proposal of Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) to construct a high-voltage power line between Red Bank and Aberdeen.

“(The June 22) decision is a vindication for local residents who fought long and hard to oppose ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_e39a6027bb97b7e5457b_jumblesale

Sat, June 23, 10:00 AM

Calvary Baptist Church, Belmar

Calvary Baptist Church's Giant Jumble Sale

Carousel_image_ed119faeffa218b57791_belmar_logo__2_

Sat, June 23, 11:00 AM

Mitzi and Emily's Playground, Belmar

Belmar Mini Town Hall Meeting

Keep 12th Avenue with ‘Normal Height’ Homes

June 21, 2018

To the Editor:

Attend the (Belmar Zoning Board of Adjustment) hearing on (Thursday, June 28) to voice your opposition to having two five-story condos of 24 units each on the first block of 12th Avenue. Join your neighbors in protesting this density of buildings and 62-foot height of housing units that will have a negative impact on the residential quality of the neighborhood.

The Belmar Inn ...

Cool Ways to Save Money This Summer

As the summer temperatures rise, home cooling costs rise as well. But there are ways to help save money without sweating the heat:

To increase your cooling system’s efficiency by as much as 20%, get it checked out for summer.  A technician will clean the condenser, make sure you have the optimal amount of refrigerant, and ensure the airflow over the coil is ...

Princeton Students Achieve Success: Bog Turtle Designated State Reptile

June 19, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — Legislation inspired by students from Princeton designating the endangered bog turtle as the New Jersey state reptile has been signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy.

“I am so proud of the successful effort of students at Riverside Elementary and their teacher, Mark Eastburn, to name the bog turtle as New Jersey’s official reptile,”  said Sen.

Belmar and Lake Como

June 2, 2018

Belmar Police Department reported the following arrests occurred in Belmar and Lake Como from April 1, 2018 to April 28, 2018.

BELMAR

Ryan Miles, 33, of Belmar was charged with contempt on an outstanding warrant after his arrest on April 1 on Route 35 by Police Officer Patrick McGill.

Lisa Perrault, 49, of Long Branch was arrested on 16th Avenue on April 6 by Police Officer Patrick ...