New Jersey’s Tall Ship Sails to Trenton in Celebration of Maritime Heritage and Support Delaware Bayshore Council

PORT NORRIS, N.J., May 04, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Thanks to the Bayshore Center at Bivalve, the 1928 Delaware Bay Oyster Schooner AJ MEERWALD will dock in Trenton to celebrate New Jersey’s maritime heritage and highlight the mission of the NJ Delaware Bayshore Council which advocates for the health and sustainability of the Delaware Bay region.  A reception at the dock (at 100 Riverview Plaza) will be held on the ship with fresh Delaware Bay oysters and light refreshments on Monday May 8, from 4pm to 6pm.

Recently the legislature and the Governor recognized the Delaware Bayshore as a region of special significance in the Garden State. The Resolution establishes the NJ Delaware Bayshore Council as key regional platform, and calls on the NJ Delaware Bay Council to report to the Governor and the Legislature detailing “various threats to the Delaware Bayshore's cultural, ecological, economic, historical and recreational resources, and to make policy recommendations, including any proposed legislation, on how the State could design programs or direct resources to help address these threats.”

Established last July, the Council joins municipal, county, state and federal representatives, and other stakeholder organizations of the region from the Cape May canal to the Delaware Memorial Bridge. It seeks to raise Bayshore issues and community needs and facilitate a healthy balance of conservation and economic vitality.

“We invite the public and public officials to join in the celebration of New Jersey’s amazing maritime heritage, incredible tourism assets and the wonder of the Delaware Bay,” says Meghan Wren, Vice Chair of the NJ Delaware Bay Council.

“This tall ship represents our Council, and our desire to see the Delaware Bay Council be recognized statewide as a voice for protection, preservation and sustainability,” says NJ Delaware Bayshore Council chairman Norris Clark. 

About the NJ Delaware Bayshore Council

The NJ Delaware Bayshore Council is a New Jersey nonprofit, public benefit corporation organized and operated for the purpose of advocating for the health and sustainability of New Jersey’s Bayshore communities, from the Cape May Canal to the Delaware Memorial Bridge, amplifying the voice of Bayshore issues and community needs and facilitating a healthy balance of conservation and economic vitality. For more information, go to www.DelawareBayshoreCouncil.Org

 

Contact: Norris Clark – 609-425-1325

Annual Report Recommendations to the State

AJR25: A Joint Resolution signed by the Governor recognizes the Delaware Bayshore as a region of special significance in NJ. By virtue of this resolution, The Delaware Bayshore Council is urged by the State of New Jersey to report to the Governor and the Legislature detailing various threats to the Delaware Bayshore's cultural, ecological, economic, historical and recreational resources, and to make policy recommendations, including any proposed legislation, on how the State could design programs or direct resources to help address these threats. NOTE: Your responses will be shared with the rest of the Council members and used as the basis for the Annual Report to the State of New Jersey.

At our last Board meeting, we agreed to collaborate on the formation of this report as a board and as advisory members, and deliver a report this year. 

Please use the following form 

 

Letter to Congressman LoBiondo re FEMA in support of Lower Township

October 15, 2016

 

Congressman Frank LoBiondo

5914 Main Street Suite 103

Mays Landing, NJ 08330-1746

 

Dear Congressman LoBiondo:

Our Council represents 13 municipalities along the Delaware Bay, from the Cape May canal to the Delaware Memorial Bridge. We seek to amplify Bayshore issues and community needs and facilitate a healthy balance of conservation and economic vitality. We are writing to you in support of a resolution adopted recently by the Township of Lower.

Lower Township Council has made application to FEMA to activate Scientific Resolution Panels (SRP) for an Independent third party review of the proposed ‘V’ Flood Zone along the Delaware Bay in Lower Township, and FEMA has not formally responded to Lower Township’s request dated March 11, 2016, and acknowledged on June 7, 2016, by Michael Moriarty, Director, Mitigation Division, FEMA Region II.

Time is of the essence and Lower Township Residents are suffering from extraordinarily high flood insurance rate increases. Dr. Stewart Farrell, Director of the Coastal Research Center, Stockton University, has recommended this course of action among other actions including but not limited to litigation.

Lower Township Officials believe that the Township and FEMA are at an impasse, and FEMA has not established the SRP requested by Lower Township. Therefore, we formally request that you advocate on Lower Township’s behalf and request that FEMA immediately establish Scientific Resolution Panels to independently review Lower Township’s appeal of FEMA’s proposed ‘V’ Zone mapping along the Delaware Bayshore, including all scientific analysis and storm surge models, and the FUNWAVE hydrodynamic model, produced by Dr. Stewart Farrell.

Thanks you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

 

Norris Clark

Chairman

Letter to the Governor and Legislature regarding PILOT funding adopted 7-28-16

July 28, 2016

 

Governor Chris Christie

Office of the Governor

PO Box 001

Trenton, NJ 08625

Dear Governor Christie:

On behalf of the Delaware Bayshore Council representing the concerns of municipalities along the Delaware Bayshore from Cape May to the Delaware Memorial Bridge, we ask for your support of Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 87 which seeks to amend the Constitution to require the State to make payments in lieu of taxes (PILOT) to municipalities for certain preserved open space.

The restoration of PILOT funding is critical to the financial health of many of our municipalities.

The proposed amendment to Article VIII, Section I, would add a new paragraph as follows: To compensate a municipality for the loss of property tax revenue due to the acquisition and ownership by the State of lands in fee simple for recreation and conservation purposes, or due to the acquisition and ownership of such property by qualifying tax exempt nonprofit organizations that become certified exempt from property taxes pursuant to or similar laws, the State shall pay annually on October 1 to each municipality in which lands are so acquired and owned, an amount at least equal to the amount required pursuant to section 29 or 30, as appropriate.

We would greatly appreciate hearing your thoughts regarding this important matter.

Sincerely,  

Norris Clark

Chairman, Delaware Bayshore Council

Deputy Mayor, Township of Lower