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A barrier island off Ocean County, N.J. and probably the best microcosm of the Jersey Shore.

Construction starts in May on new $350 million NJ 72 causeway to Long Beach Island

NJ Route 72$350M project to build new Rt. 72 causeways slated to begin in MayAPP
Some much-needed good news is coming to Hurricane Sandy-stricken Long Beach Island. A second series of NJ 72 bridges connecting the mainland to LBI will be constructed while the existing causeway will be rebuilt. Walkways/bikeways will be included on both alignments.

THE “MOST IMPORTANT” NEWS

They new bridge also will incorporate a modern interpretation of the unusual “string of pearls” street lights across the existing causeway, which will be incorporated in the outside railings to make a visual statement from all approaches, Simpson

It has been several years since I went to Long Beach Island after going there for most of my life, but I have been itching for a return. That may happen this summer, though the continuing recovery from Hurricane Sandy may prevent that trip.

Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridges Project – NJDOT

Highway marker by Shields Up!

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50 years ago the Ash Wednesday Storm the cut up Long Beach Island, NJ

While the storm was neither a hurricane, nor a classic nor’easter, its impact was so powerful, the U.S. Weather Bureau gave it a name: “The Great Atlantic Storm.” That name was later changed by Outer Banks resident, Aycock Brown. Referencing the solemn holiday that shared the day the storm unleashed its fury he named it “The Ash Wednesday Storm.”

50th Anniversary: The Greatest Nor’easter of the 20th CenturyWeather.com

The most devastating storm to hit the Jersey Shore happened 50 years ago this week. Long Beach Island, where vacationed regularly until recently, might have been hit the hardest. LBI was cut into three separate islands near Harvey Cedars.

“A two-story house sat in the middle of the main road, Long Beach Blvd., for months. I remember school books, refrigerators, and living-room furniture washing in on the waves all summer long. It took years for the island to get back to normal.”

A newspaper later reported on the scene in the town of Harvey Cedars, “The houses are everywhere, in no order, sometimes piled two or three together. Around them crushed and mangled cars and trucks lie half buried.”

The March ’62 storm is a major part of LBI lore. The expression the “ocean met the bay” understates what happened on LBI. Two new channels were created by the five pounding high tides of the storm. After the storm, sand was pumped in the channels to rebuild the land lost and reconnect LBI.

A great book by Margaret Thomas Buchholz and Larry Savadove Great Storms of the Jersey Shore by Down the Shore Publishing focuses a whole chapter on the storm, focusing on LBI in particular. The book is well-written and there are many historic photos. I highly recommend it for fans of the Jersey Shore or weather history.

FURTHER READING

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50 years later, N.J. remembers the storm that swallowed the Jersey ShoreStar-Ledger

The 1962 northeaster hit during a boom time for the Jersey Shore. It rolled in just five years after the Garden State Parkway had been completed, offering vacationers an express route to the sand. The storm’s financial toll, adjusted for inflation, was more than $600 million.

“There was a big rush of post-WWII affluence and mobility,” says Gebert. “It unfortunately happened to coincide with the biggest northeaster that anybody experienced up to that point in the 20th century. The storm’s impact included at least five states but you could say that New Jersey was right in the center of the worst damage. There’s two components of that. One is the duration of the storm but New Jersey also had, and still has, the greatest percentage of shoreline that was developed, for better or worse.”

Killer nor’easter devastated Jersey Shore in March 1962; transformed approach to building along coastAsbury Park Press
March ’62 Storm: Lessons Learned?The Press (Atlantic City)
The March 1962 Storm that rocked the Jersey Shore, the home movies! – Downashore, philly.com
50 years ago, a storm that redefined the Jersey ShoreThe Inky

OUTSIDE OF NJ
Ash Wednesday storm of 1962: 50-year anniversary
50 years ago, Ocean City was washing awayThe Sun
Storm of ’62 still making wavesNews Journal, (Wilmington, Del.)

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Barnegat Lighthouse to shine again

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Visiting Old Barney on a cloudy day in September 2006

“Old Barney” to light the sky once againAsbury Park Press
For the first time since 1927, Barnegat Lighthouse, located in Barnaget Light on Long Beach Island, is going be a working lighthouse again.

The new light will not be as powerful as the lens that was installed in 1859, Rinaldi pointed out. The original lens, which is on display at the Barnegat Light Museum and Gardens, is about 10 feet by 8 feet with a kerosene lamp at its center.

The soon-to-be-installed lens is about 20 inches high and 20 inches wide, composed of Lucite panels. A rotating turntable behind the panels can accommodate a 10- to 100-watt bulb. The Coast Guard has approved the use of the new light, which is being imported from Vega Industries Limited in New Zealand at a cost of about $15,000, Rinaldi said.

As the turntable rotates, the light strikes a panel that refracts and magnifies the light to create a single beam that can be visible for up to 22 nautical miles.

This is all being done to commemorate the 150 anniversary of the lighthouse, first lit on Jan. 1, 1859. Old Barney is probably one of the most recognizable sights at the Jersey Shore. I have climbed all 217 steps to the observation deck a few times. The first visit, in the 1980s, revealed that about 172 feet below, our car was parked on the helipad. Oops.

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Erosion not terrible on LBI

After storm, beaches are “not too bad”APP
There is less beach and steeper drops along Long Beach Island, but at least the nor’easter did not come a week earlier:

If the storm had struck during a new moon high tide on May 5, it could have been roughly a once-in-25-years storm instead of the approximately five-year storm it was, according to Miller, Stevens-New Jersey Sea Grant coastal processes specialist.

As usual, Harvey Cedars had a tougher time than the rest of the island.

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Weekends at the Jersey Shore

LBI flag

Erica and I are taking a long weekend down the Shore, but don’t worry WWN Pentagon City bureau chief Fritz will keep the Nats coverage going in my absence.

If I were in town, I might go to the Arena Stage garage sale (Baseball on the barn too) and see if they were selling any of the costumes/uniforms from their production of Damn Yankees. (H/T CityDesk)

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Surfin’ LBI

Curl Power: Surfin’ the Garden StateThe Post
A Post reporter tries out surfing on Long Beach Island. I never thought of LBI as a big surfing destination, The Original Ron Jon1 notwithstanding, but the article suggests otherwise.

Two days to go…

1When I was a kid no one believed me that Ron Jon started in Jersey. Back then, T-shirts from the Cocoa Beach location where quite fashionable. My parents were kind enough to detour the car to that store on one of our several trips to South Florida

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I’M BACK

I have returned from Down the Shore. My trip to Long Beach Island was great, lots of sleep, sand, surf, etc., but not enough Erica. We stopped in Philly on the way back for a cheesesteak and a quick photo in front of yet another ballpark I not actually set foot in yet. That brings the total to three with two more scheduled in a few weeks.


Thanks to Fritz Hamme and Erica Marker for taking care of the updates while I was away. I plan on doing an update Monday afternoon and returning to regular publication on Tuesday morning.

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