Proposed revisions to water and sewer rates (Ordinance 21-30C)

On Friday afternoon, October 22nd, representatives from each of the six taxpayer associations in Long Beach Township met with Commissioner Bayard and Business Administrator Kyle Ominski to discuss and get answers to questions about the proposed revisions to water and sewer rates (Ordinance 21-30C).

Water rates FAQ final

Announcing the 2021 ReClam the Bay Raffle!

Please email billw@reclamthebay.org if you can help support the raffles. As we did last year, we will make arrangements to get you tickets through our members on LBI. Thanks in advance. (Unfortunately, New Jersey doesn’t allow
online raffle sales.)

The drawings will be held Sunday, October 3, 2021, 3:00 pm at the ChowderFest Bayfront Fes?val, Taylor Avenue Bayfront, Beach Haven, NJ. Winners need not be present.

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Learn About the Proposed Wind Project Off LBI

On Friday, April 9th, at 7:00pm, the Beach Haven Taxpayers Association will be holding an offshore wind panel discussion via Zoom.   Panelists include representatives from academia, local environmental organizations, commercial and recreational fishing industries and Atlantic Shores. Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind is a joint venture between two companies, Shell Oil and EDF Renewables North America and is developing the proposed wind project off LBI.

Topics to be discussed include regulatory approvals, visibility issues, property value and tourism implications, cost, timing, implications on commercial and recreational fishing and environmental concerns.

You can register for this free event at the Beach Haven Taxpayers Association website, bhtaxpayers.org. All participants must pre-register for the event.

Long Beach Township has recently adopted an ordinance pertaining to outdoor signs.

The ordinance imposes a number of restrictions and prohibitions on where signs may be placed that advertise properties for sale and for rent.  The full text of the ordinance is available in the NBTA Issues and Announcement Section on our website.

For Sale signs are limited to one sign on any property provided that the sign is located entirely within the property to which the sign applies. One additional sign is permitted where a property has an excess of 300 feet of frontage or fronts on 2 streets.  All for sale signs must be removed within 15 days after the sale has been consummated.

For Rent signs are limited to one per property and shall not be permitted outside on the property. They shall only be displayed on the interior of 1 window located on the property.  One additional interior for rent sign is permitted in one additional window where are property fronts on 2 streets.

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ReClam The Bay (RCTB) Raffle – drawings are held on October 4, 2020

NBTA Members – Attached is a flyer from ReClam The Bay (RCTB), a local 501(c)3 charitable organization, operating primarily in the Barnegat Bay estuary that provides education about the Barnegat Bay watershed (which includes Barnegat Bay, Manahawkin Bay, and Little Egg Harbor Bay) – how to conserve and improve it through shellfish-related, sustainable and resilient stewardship projects.  RCTB is an all-volunteer organization that relies on contributions from individuals and businesses to support their efforts to grow shellfish, educate the public about water quality in the Barnegat Bay estuary, and other “in the bay” projects like living shorelines.  One way RCTB raises funds is through annual raffle sales.  Since so many community events have been canceled this year due to COVID-19, such as Chowderfest which is a major source of their income, they are reaching out to the taxpayer/homeowner groups on LBI to see if their members can support RCTB by purchasing raffle tickets.  The attached flyer provides details on their raffle and how you can support RCTB.  Drawings are held on October 4, 2020.  You do not need to be present to win.

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Mayor Mancini’s Memorial Day Message

Hi All – Friday afternoon, Mayor Mancini delivered a Memorial Day weekend message via the Long Beach Township Facebook page.   We have summarized it here for your review.

What’s Still Closed

  • All public restrooms, Bayview Park, Holgate parking, all town gazebos, Terrace Beach, playgrounds, dog park, pickleball and tennis courts.
  • All restaurants and bars are closed for inside dining.  Curbside and delivery service is allowed.  
  • Gyms, yoga and all exercise venues

Masks

  • Please wear a mask for curbside pickup and any stores you enter.
  • Masks are not required on the beach.  However, masks ARE required when walking over the dune to and from the beach where the walkway is less than 10 feet wide.

Beaches/Lifeguards

  • Social distancing is required on the beaches.  Please keep your group at least 6 feet away from others.
  • The 68th Street beach will be guarded and there will be roaming lifeguard patrols in other areas.
  • Please stay calm and be respectful of others on the beach.

Garbage

  • All garbage/trash must be placed in containers with lids or you will be fined.  Uncovered garbage is susceptible to birds ripping open the bags.
  • Please don’t discard your used masks and gloves on the ground. Put them in a proper garbage container or dispose of them at home.

What’s Open Beginning June 1st  (subject to the Governor’s approval)

    • More selected beaches will be open and guarded based on weather and water temperature
    • Beach badges are required beginning June 1st.  The Mayor recommends buying badges early as the Governor may require restricting badge sales.
    • Public restrooms, Bayview Park, Holgate parking, all recreational facilities
    • Long Beach Township building will open with some limitations.
    • Short term rentals are allowed
    • Outside dining will be allowed on a trial basis plus other businesses will be opening.
    • On June 5th the Shuttle will begin operating on weekends only.  No standing passengers allowed.
  • On June 20th the Gator program will resume taking beachgoers. Protective shields will separate the driver from passengers.  This service will be limited to seniors and handicapped individuals only and only two passengers at a time.

The Mayor also said Long Beach Township has recommended that the Governor’s Office direct the Alcoholic Beverage Commission to allow outside food and alcohol consumption until October 15th.  Stay tuned.

As a final note, the Mayor mentioned let us all remember what this weekend is really about – remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

Stay safe.  Stay healthy.

Green Sea Turtles Washing Up on Long Beach Island

Green Sea Turtle

Photo by Mark Temme….in 2019 SandPaper: Cold Stunned green sea turtle, found Surf City beach.

The Marine Mammal Stranding Center is asking the public to keep an eye out for cold-stunned green turtles that have been washing up on Long Beach Island. The turtles are about the size of a dinner plate and weigh a few pounds. Twelve have already been saved by quick-acting residents who have seen them either floating in the water or inert on the shore.

“What happens is the quick change in water temperature stuns them, and if they can’t get their temperature above 50 degrees they die,” explained Bob Schoelkopf, director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, whose facility responds to endangered marine life along the entire state’s coastline.

“Most of the turtles have been feeding in the back bays and due to the high tides we have had recently, many will be washed up on the meadows or you may see them floating on the water. They can also be on the ocean side if the tides have brought them around,” said Schoelkopf.

“Time is a factor. It’s important that we get to them right away.”

Anyone who sees a green sea turtle should call the stranding center at 609-266-0538 and someone will respond, said Schoelkopf. The center will pick up these turtles in distress and transport them to the Turtle Rescue at Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange. Once a number of turtles are rehabilitated, the stranding center will take them south to warmer waters and release them to the wild.

Shore residents are encouraged to call the stranding center even if a green turtle they find seems to be dead.  —P.J.

Read article in the Sandpaper