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Belmar’s Beachscape Grows with New ‘Butterfly-Friendly’ Dune Planting at Fourth Avenue, Dune Grass along Ocean Avenue

January 7, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — Tucked along the east side of Belmar's boardwalk at Fourth Avenue is its newest “dune garden,” adding to the growing beachscape barrier designed to help protect the oceanfront from powerful storms.

Stretching from Fourth to Fifth Avenues, the 1,500-square foot area includes various types of dune grass, native and other suitable plants, and ...

FEMA Rules Flood Insurance Policies Can be Written during Government Shutdown

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has resumed the sale of new flood insurance policies and the renewal of expiring policies during the partial government shutdown — reversing its decision that was met with a deluge of criticism by the insurance and real estate industries.

Shortly before the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was due to expire on ...

Coast Guard: Register Emergency Beacons to Reduce False Alerts for Search and Rescue

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — After responding to more 700 false alerts in 2018 — resulting in lost time, money and resources — the Coast Guard is urging mariners with emergency beacons to properly register their devices.

Because the Coast Guard responds to all alerts triggered by emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRB), “we have to treat them as actual distress calls ...

Flood Insurance Policies: What You Should Know During Government Shutdown

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — News that President Donald Trump extended the National Flood Insurance Program for another five months was quickly tempered when the partial government shutdown soon followed.

At the 11th hour, Trump signed legislation reauthorizing NFIP through May 31, 2019, as it was about to expire on December 21. However, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which ...


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