We are officially canceling our September meeting for this year. 

To Our North Beach Taxpayers Association  Members:

Well, September is upon us and little has changed regarding large scale indoor gatherings.  On September 1st, Governor Murphy signed an executive order spelling out the rules of the road for restaurants that want to serve patrons indoors, as well as movie theaters and performance venues, starting Friday, September 4th.

  • The rules limit capacity to 25% of regular occupancy, and the order also spells out standards for social distancing and how patrons are to be served.
  • September 1st  was also the first day that gyms, fitness centers, and indoor amusements were allowed to reopen to a limited number of customers.

Regarding indoor gatherings, the September 1st update on New Jersey’s COVID-19 Information Hub states:

“Indoor gatherings must be limited to 25 people or 25% of a room’s capacity – whichever number is lower. All attendees at indoor gatherings must wear face coverings and stay six feet apart.”

It just isn’t practical for us so, unfortunately, we will not be able to get together.  

We are officially canceling our September meeting for this year. 

Typically, at our June meetings, we hear from Long Beach Township representatives.  We held a virtual meeting on June  27th this year with Mayor Mancini and Commissioners Bayard and Lattanzi providing updates.  Our September meetings are typically short updates with more time to socialize with our fellow members.  Last year, we added a brief program from Jim Verhagen, a North Beach resident and self-proclaimed “beach bum with a camera”, who provided an excellent presentation on LBI wildlife.   We plan to continue that format when we can once again gather together.  

Our September meeting is also our reorganization meeting when we elect/appoint new trustees and elect officers for the upcoming year.  This year, three trustee seats are open for three-year terms. Trustee Eileen Szperka is finishing her third consecutive term and per our bylaws, she must step down for at least one year.  Eileen has been an invaluable resource and an excellent contributor to our Board.  We thank her for her service as a board member and friend of our North Beach community.

So, we are putting the call out for members interested in serving.  If you are interested in being as a trustee, please reach out via our website – nbtpa.org – by September 15th.

Our bylaws require an election when we have more candidates than open seats.  Should we get more than three candidates, we will be mailing a ballot, complete with the candidates’ biographies.  A nomination committee will be appointed if necessary.  Our reorganization will be held once the election/appointment process is complete.  We will provide regular updates on the process.

While we are canceling our September meeting, we plan to increase our communications with members by providing regular email and website updates on issues impacting our community.

We wish you all a safe, healthy balance of summer and offseason.  We look forward to getting together – in person – in June 2021.  Until then, please drop us a note.

All the Best,

NBTA Trustees

 

Zoom video meeting – Saturday June 27 at 10:00 am

North Beach Taxpayers Association Members –

Thank you to those who responded to our survey about a video conference meeting to replace our in-person meeting this Saturday, June 27th at 10am.

Nearly 50 members responded and 68% agreed to a Zoom video meeting, 23% supported rescheduling to late July and 9% supported canceling our June meeting and resuming in September.  Should conditions change, we will evaluate the possibility of having an in-person meeting in late July.

Until then, based on the responses, we will have a video call this Saturday at 10:00 am.  Meeting specifics will be sent out shortly.  “See” you then.

NBTA Trustees

Social Media – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly 

If you use social media, you may follow some of the LBI, shore-focused groups, that usually provide info and updates about what goes on, people posting pictures, generally positive stuff.  Until COVID-19 appeared.  Now some of these pages and groups are filled with messages fueling a “us vs them” mentality.  Some comments are taking a stance that if you are not a full-time resident on the island, you should stay away. Civility and friendliness be damned.  This note is not about that. It’s about providing information. 

The Governor is holding daily press conferences, with key administration officials, providing updates on the latest measures being taken to address this virus.  These updates are carried by local TV news and on Facebook Live. Search for “Governor Phil Murphy” on Facebook and you can see the entire press event.

The NJ Department of Health’s website (https://www.nj.gov/health) has an interactive dashboard that provides the latest county by county numbers as well as other state-level actions being taken.  The dashboard is usually updated daily around the time of the Governor’s press conference.

FEMA maintains a rumor control page to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Learn more at https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control.

Th NJ State Police (https://www.njsp.org) and the NJ Office of Emergency Management (http://www.ready.nj.gov) websites and Facebook pages are sources you may want to review.

The latest (3/20/2020 at 6:27pm) from Long Beach Township:

“As the Covid-19 pandemic evolves we expect the governor to impose further restrictions on travel and services. Many individuals are taking this opportunity to spend this time in the Long Beach Island area. We are strongly recommending that you remain in your primary service area and DO NOT relocate to the shore area. Be mindful if you do travel you will not have access to your local health care providers with a better appreciation of your medical history. Furthermore, the local health care and other emergency services are not equipped to handle a mass influx of demand which will likely overwhelm the system. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

Regards,

Joseph Lattanzi MD
Past President of Southern Ocean Medical Center
Commissioner of Long Beach Township

With endorsement of Long Beach Township Commissioners”

So, take a deep breath. Look after your family, friends, and neighbors.  Follow the guidelines. Stay safe. Stay healthy. We are looking forward to seeing you when we can.

Bill Walsh, President
On Behalf of the NBTA Trustees

 

Trustee Message Winter 2020

As I write this brief note, there are only 90 days until Memorial Day, May 25, 2020.  It’s time to start gearing up for another season of making memories on our little slice of paradise. So, please mark your calendars for the NBTA member meetings on Saturday, June 27th and Saturday, September 12th.  

If you have been following the LBI News Feed on our website then you know the closing of the Hands Store in North Beach Haven has been getting a lot of coverage.  Sadly, after serving the community for 70 years, the doors will be closed soon. Future plans for the site have not been released.  

If you’re looking for something to do on Saturday mornings, check out Science Saturdays at the LBI Foundation for the Arts & Science in Loveladies.  The series runs until April 25th.  It’s free to members and only $5.00 for non-members.  Topics for the remainder of the series include climate issues, shellfish aquaculture, shorebirds, native plants, terrapin turtles and more.  See their website for full details

We’ll see you soon!

Trustee Message September 2019

It is hard to believe that the 2019 summer season is in the books.  We hope you had a memorable one and got to spend some time with people important to you.  

At our September 7th  meeting, we heard from Jim Verhagen – aka Northside Jim – a wildlife biographer, data scientist and resident champion of LBI wildlife.  Jim shared with us his unique blend of storytelling, writing, and photography to tell the real-life stories of the wild animals and their families that make the LBI region home.  Jim’s blog is Readings from the Northside.  

Special thanks to Jim and Carolyn for taking time out of their busy lives to share some of his stunning collection of rare and intimate glimpses into the lives of endangered coastal birds at their nests, and of the scientists who work with them there.

We had a good turnout for our “fall” meeting.  You can read about the meeting under NBTA Issues and Announcements.  Check our website often for updates and tell your neighbors about us.  Slightly more than one-third of North Beach homeowners are members of NBTA and with your help, we can make that grow.

Thanks for being a part of our North Beach homeowners’ community.  Have a safe and ‘short’ offseason!

Bill Walsh and Jim Verhagen

Trustee Message August 2019

Hello NBTA members – 

As summer winds down, now is a good time to give a special thanks to the men and women who protect North Beach families, friends and visitors on a daily basis as we enjoy our beautiful beaches.  We’re talking about members of the Long Beach Township Beach Patrol (LBTBP). This skilled, motivated and highly trained group of professionals keep us safe while we enjoy our beautiful beaches and ocean.

This photo is a shot of the North End crew.  They guard and protect North Beach and Loveladies and rotate chairs throughout the summer.  While we play, they are constantly scanning the water for potential signs of trouble or swimmers in need of assistance. 

As one of the nation’s largest beach patrols, LBTBP sets rigorous standards that exceed the requirements set by the New Jersey State Department of Health for ocean lifeguards.

So, the next time you see one of the North End crew – whose passion is to keep us safe – say hello and a great big THANK YOU!

LBTBP

Trustee Message June 2019

We held our membership meeting on June 29th at the Surf City Firehouse.  This was our first morning meeting and the time change appears to have been welcomed by our members, given we had a great turnout.  Thanks for attending.

Sadly, we received news of the passing of Chuck Perfater.  Chuck and his wife June were longtime North Beach owners and he served as a former trustee and past president of NBTA.  His leadership and support of NBTA will be greatly missed. Read more.

Mayor Mancini and Commissioner Bayard provided updates on the sewer project, lifeguards, revaluation and the topic that generated the most interest – water meters.

See the NBTA Issues and Announcements section here at our website for more info on these and other topics.

Mark your calendars for our next meeting – Saturday, September 7th, 10:00amat the Surf City Firehouse.

Have a great summer!