Jersey Shoreline: Oct 16

October 16th, 2015


The Jersey Shoreline  is a weekly round-up from New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium that scours the Garden State’s press and broadcasters for reports on several key topics related to the consortium’s research and outreach.

Coastal Concerns

Stinging jellyfish target of Toms River cleanup — Stinging sea nettle jellyfish, the bane of swimmers and others who enjoy Barnegat Bay, will be targeted in a bulkhead and dock cleanup Monday. State officials and volunteers will scrub bulkheads and floating docks in a bid to curb the sea nettle population. Read more at the Asbury Park Press.

Is Barnegat Bay dying? — Is Ocean County doing enough to protect Barnegat Bay? That issue dominated an amicable discussion Tuesday between the Republican incumbents on the Board of Freeholders and their Democratic challengers, during an editorial board meeting at the Neptune offices of the Asbury Park Press.

Barnegat Bay Partnership Seeks Data For State Of The Bay Report — The Barnegat Bay Partnership  is seeking data for its upcoming State of the Bay Report, an assessment of the Barnegat Bay prepared every five years. Read more at Micromedia Publications.

Community Resilience & Climate Adaptation

DEP applies for $326 million in federal grants for bus garage and flood control projects in Meadowlands — Competing against 40 eligible cities and states, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection ( is seeking a $326 million federal grant which it intends to put toward flood mitigation in the Meadowlands. Read more at South Bergenite via

Rebuilding, elevating could be more expensive in new Coastal A zone — A recent decision by the state to adopt more stringent construction standards for homes located near the ocean and Barnegat Bay could make it much more expensive for some Sandy victims to repair and elevate their homes. Read more at the Asbury Park Press.

See the damage done to your beach by last week’s nor’easter — Last weekend’s prolonged nor’easter didn’t spare many of New Jersey’s beaches, but the storm saved its heaviest damage for the more vulnerable areas, where the beaches, already thin ribbons of sand, virtually disappeared. Read more at

Marine Recreation & Jersey Shore Tourism

Seasoned angler recounts catching jumbo striped bass in Barnegat Bay — Kevin Morrison, Sr. describes fishing as his “joy” in life.”I love to fish,” the Toms River resident said during a telephone interview. “I love different waters. Fishing’s been good for me.” Read more at

Water Resources & Coastal Access

Pumps to solve Lower Township flooding hang up on bid issue — Township Council is ready to bond almost $5 million to alleviate long-standing flooding problems in North Cape May, if an agreement can be reached on engineering costs. Read more at the Press of Atlantic City.

Environmentalists battle Brick hotel plan — Local environmentalists have joined a growing protest against a plan to build stores, apartments and a hotel on a 9.4-acre parcel between Burrsville Road, Jack Martin Boulevard and Route 88. Read more at the Asbury Park Press.