For those experiencing difficulty accessing the beach, our GATOR PROGRAM is now operating during the beach hours of 10am-5pm. The Gators can be contacted through our Transportation Office at (609) 342-2111.
The Beach Project taking place on Long Beach Island this summer has been designed, bid and contracted by the Army Corp of Engineers. The Island Municipalities do not schedule or participate in the performance of the Project. All facets of the Project are designed, scheduled and performed through the ACE and their contractor, Great Lakes. We understand from them, that the work performed by these organizations is subject to weather conditions, equipment availability, manpower and other factors that makes exact schedules impossible to set. The Island Municipalities cannot set or anticipate where or when work will be performed on any specific street. The ACE and their contractor make this decision.
The Township Commissioners have remained in contact with ACE on a weekly basis since the Project first set ground in Long Beach Township in 2015. The municipal website is updated with Project information as it is received from the ACE. We share in your disappointment at the decisions made regarding scheduling, the placement of equipment, hours of operation and the numerous inconveniences our residents, visitors and businesses have endured as the Project continues.
The Township has taken meaningful steps to reduce some of the detrimental issues faced by the public. Our free Shuttles are available to transport beachgoers, shoppers, diners and all individuals throughout the summer season. 2016 saw the creation of an entire Transportation Department that oversees not only the free Shuttles, but a small fleet of ATV “Gators” to carry beach patrons over the new dunes. Handicapped lifts have been installed in several locations to assist disabled persons in accessing the beach. Additional handicapped parking spots have been added at street ends.
We share in your frustration at the conflicting information that has been provided by the contractor. Scheduling assurances given us were not honored and as a result, many businesses, renters, home owners and vacationers were faced with considerable challenges.
The Beach Project will soon be completed; your patience and cooperation during the Project has been greatly appreciated.
Since 2008, the Board of Commissioners have worked together with our Community to improve our beaches and ensure the public’s enjoyment of all the unique activities our Island offers. At that time Long Beach Township had only 7 beaches designated for surfing. As promised by Mayor Mancini, each year additional surfing beaches would be added, and upon the completion of the Army Corp of Engineers Beach Project, all beaches would be open for surfing. By 2016, 21 beaches were designated for surfing. In 2017 we will realize our goal to open all Township ocean beaches to surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and fishing.
Surfing areas on Guarded beaches shall be designated by Blue Flags located on the northerly and southerly boundaries of the swim area (marked by Yellow Flags). For safety purposes, surfing on Guarded and Unguarded beaches shall be subject to water and weather conditions.
Mayor Mancini, Commissioner Bayard and Commissioner Lattanzi understand listening and working together with residents, visitors and all citizens towards common goals is how ideas become reality.
Water & Sewer Bill Changes
Starting in January 2017, the Township will be combining the water and sewer charges on one bill payable in four quarterly installments (3/1, 6/1, 9/1, and 12/1/2017).
This change was made as a result of suggestions by homeowners to alleviate the financial burden of paying a onetime water bill by spreading it over 4 payments. This change will also spread the sewer bill from twice a year to four times per year. However, homeowners can still pay on an annual basis if they wish.
We hope this change will assist you in easing the burden of paying your water and sewer charges. If you have any questions, please feel free to call 609-361-6638 or 609-361-6639.
SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Residents of New Jersey
New Jersey businesses and residents affected by Superstorm Sandy can receive financial assistance and one-on-one assistance from SBA customer service representatives.
Effective May 1st 2016 the DCA shall consolidate Housing Recovery Centers to two locations:
2 Gateway, 9th Floor 3 Paragon Way, Suite 150
Newark, NJ Freehold, NJ
Each Center will be open Monday – Friday from 9am to 6pm.
The consolidation will allow the DCA to focus more of its recovery resources on construction and project completion, which are the predominant needs of homeowners in the RREM Program and LMI Program, and rental property owners in the LRRP Program.
The DCA Sandy Constituent Services Office can be reached at 609-292-3750 or 609-633-1328, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Coastal Regulation Program and Coastal Enforcement Office
In response to the recent storm and other future significant weather events, properties owners are allowed to remove wind-blown sand from pre-existing improved portions of their property that have been impacted but these events.
When doing so, they must make the best effort to do this by removing this sand by hand or with smaller machinery to minimize impacts to the dune.
In addition, they shall not grade or excavate sand from any established dune, whether it is engineered (ie, Corps dune) or naturally existing. The sand that is removed from the pre-existing improved portions of the property shall be re-located back on the beach or dune on the seaward (or east) side. However, if this cannot be accomplished, relocating the sand on the crest and/or the landward (west) side is permissible – as long as the dune is not graded and excavated in the process.
Every effort shall be made to re-establish any vegetation that is damaged in the process of relocating this sand.
Appropriate species, depending on the side of the dune, include:
American Beachgrass (Ammophila breviligulata), Coastal Panicgrass (Panicum amarulum), Bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica), Beach Plum (Prunus maritima), Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens), Beach Pea (Lathyrus japonicus), Bitter Panicgrass (Panicum amarum), Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), Partridge Pea (Chamaecrista fasiculata), Eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana), Groundsel tree (Baccharis halimifolia), and Saltmeadow cordgrass (Spartina patens).
Clothing Recycling Bins Now Available
The Long Beach Township Police Department is proud to announce the placement of five clothing and textile recycling bins. Profits from the bins will benefit the Community Policing Department and Drug and Alcohol Abuse Resistance Education programs of the Police Department.
Support Needed: Increase NJ’s Shore Protection Fund
The present $25 million/year Shore Protection Fund is critically underfunded and insufficient to meet anticipated costs of New Jersey's coastal restoration projects. An increase to $50 million in the Fund is needed NOW to protect New Jersey's coastal infrastructure and the $19 billion shore tourism economy. Urge your legislators to support Assembly bill A4215 and Senate bill S2775. Sign the petition