Shore Report

December 9, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — The northern end of Belmar’s beachfront is quietly making a comeback that will please Mother Nature. Piping plovers have returned to nest in the natural beach area near First Avenue, and the rare seabeach amaranth plant is sprouting along a strip of sand along the boardwalk between ...

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MANASQUAN/CAPE MAY, NJ — The U.S. Coast Guard, with help from the Manasquan Fire Department, rescued three men and a dog from a sinking commercial fishing vessel in the Manasquan Inlet early this morning. The Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay reported that it received notification at 2 a.m. on ...

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — In response to the Trump Administration’s announcement that it would approve requests for seismic airgun blasting in the Atlantic Ocean for geological surveying, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith has joined a House coalition pushing to end any prospects for offshore oil and gas drilling and ...

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Belmar to Host Fall Festival on October 7 and Kite Festival on October 14 AVON-BY-THE-SEA, NJ — Although there were only five rainless weekends this summer, Monmouth County enjoyed a successful prime tourism season, according to county officials who gathered earlier this week with local ...

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BELMAR, NJ — With a blink of an eye, summer is over. Although the sun has made a grand return, a week of rainy, dreary weather — and a turbulent surf brought on by storms elsewhere — prompted the borough to begin preparing the beachfront for the winter. “… and all at once, summer collapsed ...

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BELMAR, NJ — The rain just would not stay away this summer, taking a small bite out of Belmar's beach badge sales for this season. Total beach badges sold slipped by 7,000 to 273,377 over the previous year, resulting in a 2.4 percent decrease in revenue — from nearly $3 million in 2017 to $2.91 ...

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BARNEGAT LIGHT, NJ — When members of the U.S. Coast Guard rescued two people from their sinking recreational vessel in Barnegat Inlet on August 30, they found the boaters prepared for the emergency. A Coast Guard boat responded to a radio distress call from the boat, which was taking on water ...

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Updated August 27, 2018, as of 2:31 p.m. BELMAR, NJ — Before leaving for college, Belmar lifeguard Tyler Daniskas ended his summer with quite an eventful week. After he was among a handful of Belmar beach patrol members who got their chance to test a drone-assisted lifesaving system along the ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar’s 10th Avenue beach became a proving ground yesterday for a new lifesaving tool — a drone. And a handful of Belmar’s lifeguards got their chance to pilot the high-technology device on August 22 during a hands-on demonstration, led by Hugh Roarty of Rutgers University's Center ...

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DEAL, NJ — A whale flipped a small fishing boat about one mile off of Deal yesterday morning, tossing its two occupants overboard but not before they could issue a mayday from their radio, according to the New Jersey State Police. Luckily for them, the emergency call was heard by a nearby ...

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LEONARDO, NJ — Oyster castles have found a new home at the bottom of the Raritan Bay near Naval Weapons Station Earle. These concrete oyster “homes” were placed underwater last week as part of the NY/NJ Baykeeper’s ongoing effort to construct the first “living shoreline” in New Jersey’s portion ...

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BELMAR, NJ — As a fledgling dune planting flourishes near Belmar’s 12th Avenue beach playground, another patch of greenery is planned for the Third Avenue beach. In addition to the dune grass, native plants and other suitable foliage that will fill this new 1,500-square-foot area, “pollinators” ...

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Updated August 17, 2018, as of 6:45 a.m. BELMAR, NJ — Belmar’s L Street beach remains closed for a fifth day by state environmental protection officials who continue to monitor bacteria levels found in water samples. The concentration of fecal bacteria did not meet state standards based on ...

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BELMAR, NJ — The L Street beach along the Shark River is closed after yesterday’s flash flooding caused stormwater to overflow from the K Street drain on Route 35, according to the latest report by state environmental officials. Except for listing the beach closed on its August 13 water quality ...

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BELMAR, NJ —Belmar Manutti Marina staff members are credited with rescuing boaters from three overturned sailboats in the Shark River yesterday afternoon. The Area Network of Shore Water Emergency Responders (ANSWER) reported in a Facebook post that its water rescue team was dispatched at 1:43 ...

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LONG BEACH ISLAND, NJ — With summer’s traditional influx of seasonal visitors, Belmar’s police department has joined law enforcement across the Jersey Shore that are reminding motorists and pedestrians to be safe this summer. Eighteen police departments in Monmouth and Ocean counties are ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar’s 18th Avenue beach turned into a giant sandbox for the hundreds of participants in today’s 32nd Annual Sandcastle Contest. As thousands of spectators crowded around to watch the building process unfold on July 18, sand sculptors of all ages took their pails, shovels, spray ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Early Belmar beachgoers enjoyed this stunning sunrise this morning for the start of what is expected to be the best weather day of the weekend. Sunny skies will dominate with a high near 79 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The ocean temperature is 74 degrees with ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The discovery of clinging jellyfish in bay waters off Island Beach State Park has prompted another warning by state environmental officials for boaters and swimmers to be alert for the tiny creature with the powerful sting. The Department of Environmental Protection on July 10 ...

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When it comes to finding the best place to dock your boat for the day, week or season, Belmar is that good. BELMAR, NJ — It’s no secret that Belmar Manutti Marina ranks among the best boating destinations along the Atlantic coast. Tucked along the eastern shoreline of the idyllic Shark ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Northern Barnegat Bay is the latest spot where the presence of clinging jellyfish — the dime-size creature with a powerful sting — has been confirmed. They also have been discovered in the Metedeconk River, which flows into the northern bay — a popular estuary for boating, fishing, ...

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BELMAR, NJ — With the start of the prime boating season, all navigable Shark River channels are now at full depth and width — some for the first time in more than 30 years, according to state transportation officials. The N.J. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently announced that all ...

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BARNEGAT LIGHT, NJ — High winds and rough seas thwarted a 52-year-old man’s attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean when he was rescued yesterday morning by a U.S. Coast Guard boat crew about 20 miles east of Barnegat Light. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay received radio ...

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BELMAR, NJ — The L Street beach along the Shark River has been reopened, according to the latest report on June 1 by state environmental officials. The beach was closed for four days after heavy rains on Sunday, May 27 flooded Route 35 in the vicinity of the river beach, causing an overflow of ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Monmouth is among four counties in New Jersey that will be part of the new “Secure the Shore” initiative by the N.J. Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. Aimed at keeping the state’s beaches and boardwalks safe, OHSP investigators will be deployed to events in shore ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Mayor Brian Magovern wasn’t going to let the rough ocean surf and high winds get in his way yesterday of pardoning “Larry the Lobster” to begin the New Jersey Seafood Festival. Instead, Magovern moved the May 18 event from the Fifth Avenue beach to the quieter waters of the ...

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LONG BEACH, NJ — After a 14-month absence, the channel markers are back in place in the Little Egg Inlet. A U.S. Coast Guard team successfully installed eight lighted buoys on May 21 after they were removed in March 2017 when the buildup of sand reduced the depth of the inlet, making it ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Registration to become a junior lifeguard will continue online through Thursday, May 31. Youngsters age 9 through 17 can sign up by clicking here to obtain an application and then returing it by mail to the address on the form. The fee is $70 for Belmar residents and St. Rose ...

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WASHINGTON, DC — Homeowners still in need of flood-proofing their Superstorm Sandy-damaged homes have another three years to complete their projects. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has extended the October 29 deadline for completion of Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) projects.

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SPRING LAKE, NJ — Another seal came ashore yesterday afternoon — this time at the jetty on the south end of Spring Lake's beach. Photographer Nancy Orlowski was walking the beachfront when she spotted this seal at about 3 p.m. on April 18 and took these real-time animated photos. It’s not known ...

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