Shore Report

August 19, 2018

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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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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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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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 — Completion of the dredging of the Shark River channels situated off the Belmar Marina will bring the start of another dredging project at the entrance of the Shark River Inlet. Since early September, the N.J. Department of Transportation (DOT) has been removing 102,000 cubic yards ...

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LONG BRANCH, NJ — Another great white shark has surfaced along the New Jersey coast, but the whereabouts of three others that were last tracked not too far away are known. And there have been no signs of the ever-popular Mary Lee since June.   Gurney, a young 4 ½-foot male weighing nearly 62 ...

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BELMAR, NJ — With not a cloud in the sky and temperatures in the 80s, it didn’t take long for the Belmar beaches to fill with local residents and visitors on the weekend of September 23 and 24. Despite what appeared to be an ideal late-summer beach day, a closer look told quite a different ...

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HIGHLANDS, NJ — While it’s been three weeks since great whites Finn and Amagansett have surfaced long enough to allow for them to be tracked, another tagged shark has entered the waters off the coast of New Jersey. Bruin, a young male, has been “pinged” about 30 miles off Highlands on September ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Despite a swimming ban on Belmar beaches triggered by dangerous rip currents, 35 persons were pulled this weekend from the rough surf by first responders, according to authorities. Although there were no serious injuries reported, ocean rescues on September 23 and 24 kept the ...

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HIGHLANDS, NJ — Great whites Finn and Amagansett are making a break for it, as they leave the waters off the New Jersey coast and head north. Both young females are about 30 miles off Highlands traveling northward, as Finn registered his last ping at 11:26 a.m. on September 18 and Amagansett at ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar has placed rip current warning signs and flotation buoys at 19 locations along its 1.3-mile oceanfront — its first step in a public education campaign to raise water safety awareness on its beaches. The signs are written in both English and Spanish and include a large diagram ...

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JERSEY SHORE, NJ — It’s been nearly three months since Mary Lee has been tracked off the Jersey coast, but two younger great white sharks are now finding those waters appealing. Finn was last “pinged” at 9:35 p.m. on September 7 about 10 miles off the Jersey shoreline between Long Branch and ...

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LONG BEACH ISLAND, NJ  — When customers at several Long Beach Island restaurants order clams or oysters this summer, they are also helping a Stockton University project to restore oysters to the Southern Barnegat watershed. The used clam and oyster shells are being collected by Long Beach ...

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