Surf City already being impacted by Sandy
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Island residents should evacuate by 4 p.m. Sunday
Emergency responders were being proactive in Surf City Saturday evening, spreading the word about a mandatory evacuation for Long Beach Island in preparation for Hurricane Sandy. The borough utilized fire trucks, ambulances and police cars outfitted with public address systems to announce the evacuation order.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Chamber of Commerce has sponsored clinic for several years
Teaching a man to fish may feed him for a lifetime, but in Long Beach Island, it may also mean some cash prizes. The LBI Surf Fishing Classic – an autumn-long striped bass and bluefish fishing tournament – officially began Saturday. But before anglers hit the suds in search of a prize winning trophy fish, they sat down to get schooled in all things surf fishing courtesy of some local anglers willing to lend a helping hand. Saturday morning's annual, free Surf Fishing Clinic catered to anglers both novice and advanced who wanted to brush up before the tournament took off. The event is sponsored and organized by the South Ocean County Chamber of Commerce. Anglers gathered at 9 a.m. at the Chamber of Commerce building on Route 72 for coffee, …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Ship Bottom merchant organizes conch shell blowers to go for the Guinness World Record
Move over clams! Chowderfest might have been the mollusk du jour on Long Beach Island last weekend, but the conch was making some noise of its own. Actually, it had help from around 200 folks in Ship Bottom looking to get into the Guinness Book of Records for the largest group to blow conch horns in unison. Organized and sponsored by Things-A-Drift in Ship Bottom and Echoes of LBI magazine, the group conch blowing was just one of the events held during their annual Sea Glass Festival in Ship Bottom. Cheryl Kirby, owner of the shop specializing in shells and Echoes magazine, said the organizers were hoping to set the record by getting 200 or more people on Saturday afternoon. Through out the day the bleating, blaring and honking of the …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
As Isaac departs in a windy, wet mess, Leslie churns up dangerous surf and rising back bay waters.
Wednesday afternoon, the skies were darkening over the area as Isaac’s torrential rains circled in from the north, but Long Beach Island was already bracing for Tropical Storm Leslie, which had just been declared a hurricane as it approached Bermuda. Long Beach Township Police Department issued a rip tide and heavy surf advisory for the area through Sunday due to Leslie. The advisory posted as, “Potential for Dangerous Rip Currents,” stated “Forecasters are predicting northeast winds and long swells which could create 10- to 12-foot seas offshore for this week. These swells may generate 6- to 8-foot waves, causing beach erosion and dangerous rip currents." Township Beach Patrol Supervisor Don Myers said the advisory should be taken very …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Beach patrols will have guards out in September
Beach Haven Beach Patrol Captain Mike Lawrence’s statement after observing Friday’s crowded beaches may be prophetic for this fall. “It looks like nobody left and more are coming,” he said. To help ensure their safety, Beach Haven, along with Long Beach Township and Ship Bottom will be providing limited service into September. Long Beach Township Beach Patrol Supervisor Don Myers said on Friday: “Weather permitting; 68th Street in Brant Beach will be guarded through Sept. 10." There will be roving patrols in the township proper, Brant Beach through North Beach Haven, in September as long as the weather warrants it, he added. “Our Surf Response Team will also be on stand by at headquarters,” added Myers, who noted the team made eleven off …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
St. Francis Carnival is a southern Ocean County tradition
LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP – With food and fun for all ages, St. Francis Community Center will host its annual Festival of the Sea Carnival beginning Wednesday and running through Sunday night. The carnival will be held on the St. Francis Church Grounds, 4700 Long Beach Blvd. in the township's Brant Beach section. The carnival will be open from 6-10 p.m. each night, weather permitting, with P.O.P. (Pay One Price) bracelets available for $20 each night for all rides all night long. There will be rides for all ages as well as games of chance where you can win those carnival keepsakes and stuffed animals. For those feeling really lucky there will be a Super Progressive 50/50 with the winner drawn on Sunday night. Tickets are $2 each or a book of …
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Long Beach Township now guards one beach until 8 p.m., while some municipalities have guards on standby.
“You have more of a chance of getting struck by lighting than drowning on a guarded beach,” said Beach Haven’s Beach Patrol Captain Mike Lawrence recently. Unfortunately, some Island bathers try to cheat those odds, sometimes with near tragic results. Earlier this week three Good Samaritans rescued and revived a woman they pulled from the 27th Street beach in Ship Bottom nearly two hours after the lifeguards went off duty. Borough Beach Patrol Captain Keith W. Stokes said the female swimmer was fortunate to be rescued and that one of the rescuers was a CPR certified lifeguard from North Jersey. Stokes said after-hours bathing is a growing problem for beach communities all along the Jersey Shore. To help address the problem, Stokes said he …
Friday, August 3, 2012
The victim may have stepped on the ray in the surf around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Long Beach Township Police reported an unidentified male was transported to Southern Ocean Medical Center Thursday night after apparently stepping on a stingray. Lt. Anthony Deely said officers responded to a 911 call with members of the Beach Haven First Aid Squad at approximately 8:30 p.m. They responded to the beach at 23rd Street in the Spray Beach section of the township. The victim apparently was in the surf when stung. Lifeguards had left the beach for the day at 5 p.m. Deely said the department didn't have any more details of the incident as it was being treated as a first aid call and handled by the first aid squad. Township Beach Patrol Supervisor Don Myers said the ray may have been a skate, a less poisonous relative of the …
Friday, July 27, 2012
Photos and video of the meeting Chris Christie had with residents during his "Endless Summer Tour."
Governor Chris Christie brought his Endless Summer Tour for Tax Reform to Long Beach Island on Thursday. He spoke to an overflow crowd that filled the pavilion and lined the boardwalks on either side of Bayview Park in Long Beach Township’s Brant Beach section. Christie began his commentary outlining the bipartisanship in Trenton that had accomplished items like tenure reform and scaling down the size of government. During the question and answer session following his call for tax cuts, the governor fielded questions on a variety of topics including some local issues such as beach replenishment vs. eminent domain, developing an aquaculture economy in Barnegat Bay and the contentious issue of consolidation. "Two-thousand-eleven was the best…