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May 2, 2014

RE:  JERSEY SHORE PARTNERSHIP EVENT INVITATION

Dear Mayor:

The Jersey Shore Partnership (the Partnership) is a non-profit advocate and champion of beach replenishment and restoration to protect our coastline — a natural treasure, a major contributor to the state’s tourism industry, and a favorite destination for fun and relaxation. The Partnership was created as a result of the 1991devastating Halloween storm with the mission to guarantee that state and federal funding would be available to protect New Jersey’s 127 miles of coastal shoreline from the damages that storms can inflict.  The Partnership is dedicated to raising the awareness of state and federal officials and the public to the need for safeguarding the shoreline through beach restoration and other shore protection methods.

The Partnership’s first successful advocacy effort resulted in the enactment of an annual $15 million beach protection fund, the first such legislation to be passed in the nation.  A few years later, that amount was increased to $25 million, where it stands today.  This funding commitment, matched by federal dollars, has enabled the state to safeguard its shoreline through beach restoration, re-nourishment and ongoing maintenance management since the early 90’s. With the help of its many supporters in the Legislature, Congress, local Mayors and their communities and the general public, the Partnership continues its efforts to preserve the Shore Protection Fund as a dedicated source of funding to protect our beaches and coastal infrastructures as we work toward better solutions to mitigating storm damage.

In the ongoing assessment of Sandy’s damage, it has become clear that recently replenished beaches and maintained engineered beach and dune systems provide significantly better protection and minimize inland damage to homes and coastal infrastructures than adjacent un-replenished, non-engineered systems. Sandy necessitated federal funding far beyond the Shore Protection fund to restore our entire 130 mile coastline, with most damage experienced in Ocean and Monmouth Counties.  The restoration work is ongoing. One year later we have proven our resiliency. We’re not stopping until we have reclaimed the Jersey Shore we know and love – white sandy beaches, sparkling waters, boardwalks with food and fun, dazzling casinos, sport fishing and boating.  We are coming back!

The League is happy to be able to promote the work of groups like the Partnership. To that end, we are happy to be able to extend an invitation to all New Jersey Mayors and local government officials to attend the Partnership’s annual Summer Celebration, which will take place:

Monday, June 9, 2014 (Rain Date – Tuesday, June 10)
Fort Hancock, Sandy Hook
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Tickets for this evening of dining, dancing and fun are $100 and sponsorships are available. To reserve a ticket or for more information, contact Margot Walsh at mwalshjspf@gmail.com or 732-212-4145 or Patti Baxter at patti@sparkmybiz.com or 732-747-4449. And you can learn more about the great work on the Jersey Shore Partnership at www.jerseyshorepartnership.com

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

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