10B — April 11 - 24, 2014 — New Jersey — Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal



I DDLE TOWN - SHIP, NJ — The rumble and squeal of On the Delaware Bay Work continues on a $1.6 million restoration project on five southern New Jersey beaches M “The heavier sand helps them to spawn and breed,” he said.

“This project will make the beaches more resilient,” said Tyler Greene, a spokeswoman with the U.S. Fish andWildlife Service. “The beaches serve as buffers for homes, and hope- fully this work could make the damage less severe in the event of another storm like Sandy.” Al Modjeski, Habitat Res- toration Program director for American Littoral Society, said that restoring the beach to pre- Sandy profiles reduces the risk of flooding during a storm. “Beaches absorb the energy of the storm,” he said.

Larry Niles, a wildlife bi- ologist with Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, said that restoring the beaches damaged by Sandy in 2012 is not only critical to the spawn- ing area of the horseshoe crabs, but to the people who live along Pierces Point, Kimbles, Cooks, Reeds, and Moores beaches along the bay. “To protect the people, we need to protect the ecology,” Niles said. “The needs of the people, the beach, the marsh, the crabs and the red knots are all wrapped together.” Niles said the restoration is

critical to the crabs and the shorebirds, but will also make the beach more resilient. “That protects people,” he said. Work started on Kimbles Beach last week, Modjes- ki said, and continued on Wednesday at Pierces Point. “We’re placing a coarse- grained sand on the beaches that’s preferred by the horse- shoe crab,” he said. Modjeski said the heavier sand has the added benefit of being harder to erode, but that the primary benefit was to the crab.

lift. The act created Garden State Growth Zones in Camden, Trenton, Paterson, and Passaic, the cities identified as having the lowest median family in- come in the state. Businesses that move to them receive more incentives with lower minimum thresholds. Additional money was also made available for residential projects in those areas. “This should help solve the housing crisis that is faced by the residents of low-income communities,” said Michael Busler, a finance professor at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. “The geographic areas were expanded, and municipalities that face finan- cial distress were specifically targeted. “This should be a big help to cities where budgets remain high, and tax revenue has fallen due to a population loss and due to declining property values,” he said. Cumberland County, the state’s poorest county in terms of median income and which has large swaths of rural, unde- veloped land, has been hosting tours lately for manufacturing and food-processing firms. “It’s already started,” Doug Long, a lawyer who serves as county freeholder deputy director, said as he outlined the impact before the business group on Friday. “We have six companies right now that are going through the process of siting in Cumberland County using the advantages of the act,” he said. “There are a lot of incentives, and we’re kind of rolling out the red carpet.” By Suzette Parmley. continued from page 9B Economic Opportunity Act: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department will pay $1.65 million to fund the project, Modjeski said.  Modjeski said that about 45,500 tons of dry sand will be placed along the beaches. Sand for the beaches comes from a gravel pit at Cape Min- ing and Recycling. Phil “JR” Heun Jr., of H4 Enterprises, said that his company will in- stall 25,000 tons of sand along the four beaches in Cape May County.

heavy equipment cut the air at Pierces Point Wednesday, April 2, as work continued on a $1.6 million restoration project on five southern New Jersey beaches on the Delaware Bay critical to horseshoe crabs. The $1.65 million federally funded project, referred to as Phase 2 of the Horseshoe Crab Beach Restoration Project, is expected to finish work begun last year, after Hurricane Sandy devastated the beaches in late 2012.

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