New Jerseys Top 10 Beaches Survey Is Back Vote For LBI

Dated: 02/27/2014

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After a brief hiatus last year as the state continued recovery from Superstorm Sandy, voting for New Jersey’s Top 10 Beaches is back. Given this snowy winter, the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and Richard Stockton College’s Coastal Resource Center are expecting a warm wave of response to their beaches survey, voting for which is open now through midnight on April 30. The N.J.’s Top 10 Beaches project was started in 2008 to encourage stewardship and pride in – and a little healthy competition between – the state’s most beloved shore towns, and it has since become a pre-summer occasion for residents and visitors alike. According to Kim Kosko, NJSGC director of communications, “We all have fond memories and personal favorites when it comes to the beaches we love best. But this year we’re asking people to take a little time to really think about the criteria that make the places they pick worthy of winning a spot on the 2014 Top 10 list. We want them to realize how important our beaches and other coastal assets are and that we’re all responsible for their well-being. What we do today directly impacts the future of shore communities.” During last year’s voting lull, Kosko explained, the Top 10 Beaches coordinators assembled a task force to review the voting process and other project components. “It will change things up a little and hopefully levels the playing field for all shore towns from Sandy Hook to Cape May,” she noted. The 2014 contest will also incorporate an innovative tie-in project wherein 10 New Jersey artists paint sponsored rain barrels with iconic shore images. Dozens of artists from throughout the state applied for a chance to paint the containers and turn them into functional works of art, which will be showcased at the NJSGC 12th annual State of the Shore media event on May 22. “The beautified rain barrels will then roll out on tour around the state throughout the summer and be displayed at selected New Jersey beach communities and special events,” said Kosko. “This unique program promotes environmental awareness and stewardship of all our coastal and water resources.” The public will also be invited to vote for their favorite barrel online after the barrels are unveiled at the media event. Details about the rain barrel project, its cooperating sponsors and the selected artists will be featured on the New Jersey Top 10 Beaches website, njtoptenbeaches.org. The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium is an affiliation of colleges, universities and other groups dedicated to advancing knowledge and stewardship of New Jersey’s marine and coastal environment. Learn more at njseagrant.org. Courtesy of—J.K.-H. The Sandpaper
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Kim Pileggi

Greetings from Long Beach Island! I am a full time real estate agent specializing in LBI sales and summer rentals, servicing all of LBI and the surrounding mainland communities. I have earned several ....

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