So its been approximately 2 months since the infamous new “Sandy Memorial” previewed on Snug Harbor Beach, has it grown on you yet?
According to the October 2nd Article on the AHHerald.com “Billie Tsien said, I think this the kind of place that will grow on people over time. I think anything that’s new and comes into your community is always an adjustment. This was build in the spirit and celebration of the people of the community.”
As a way to leverage the Seastreak Ferry and NYC beach goers, Sea Bright is pleased to announce a partnership that allows bus service to/from Sea Streak Connors and Sea Bright.
The service which is initially Weekends only, touts: “Ride the Seastreak shuttle bus to the beaches at Sea Bright, NJ and receive complementary beach passes! Complimentary shuttle service provided between the Highlands, NJ Ferry Terminal and Sea Bright, NJ beaches. Our shuttle busses will be waiting for you upon arrival at Highlands and will bring you to Sea Bright. We’ll pick you up in the afternoon for your return to the ferry.”
Way to do economic development Sea Bright. Well done.
Jeanette Hooban in quest of migrant warblers, Lifesaving Station of Sandy Hook in Background
NJWILDBEAUTY readers know I recently relished the glories of Island Beach in a Nor’easter, with three friends I have come to name “The Intrepids”. Three-quarters of us hit Sandy Hook this week, on a day when gales were predicted, though not rain. We lunched, as ever, at Bahrs, on splendid seafood, with the barrier island otherwise known as “The Hook” shimmering like Shangri La off to our right.
Quintessential Fresh Seafood Lunch at Bahrs
The Navesink and the Shrewsbury Rivers come together at Rumson. (I always wonder if it was named in rum-running days.) The combined flow passes below our table at Bahrs, brushing ‘The Hook’ on its way to the Atlantic.
Where the River Meets the Sea, Sandy Hook on Horizon
Usually, birdwatching at table is pretty spectacular. But, for some reason, the serious fishing…
I’ve always heard that the goat herder’s were on the hills in Highlands. However, as of yesterday, 11 Nubian goats from upstate New York are residing in Sandy Hook to tackle the poison ivy and other pesty plant problems. The nonprofit Sandy Hook Foundation, is funding the goats-in-residence project through October at a cost of about $12,000.
The clearing of poison ivy is a necessary first step toward making the certain areas like the one located across from the lighthouse at the northern end of Sandy Hook, more accessible to the public, and restoring the battery and the adjacent ammunition “pits.”
Apparently goats will quickly gobble up poison ivy. But since they don’t actually eat the roots, the plants will grow back. Using goats over an extended period, will starve the plant of the energy it needs to survive.
The goats will be residing on the hook until October, however, herder’s warn beach goers not to try to pet the beasts as their coats will be covered with the poison ivy oils.
No word on if the Highlands coyotes will be going over as well.
For the first time since Sandy, Sandy Hook is Re-Opening . The gates will be open at 5 AM, and there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony with U.S. Congressman Frank Pallone at 10 AM.
Beach parking permits will go on sales at 9 AM that day ($75 for the season) at the Entrance Station, although they are not required until Memorial Day Weekend. You can also buy Interagency passes at both of those locations.
TIPS NPS Would Like Visitors to know:
ALL parking areas will be open, with the exception of Beach F / Fishing Road. As roads are being repaved, some are temporarily closed. That includes the usual route to Gunnison and North Beach parking lots. Gunnisonians can drive into Fort Hancock and follow the signs to “Beach Parking.” (If you drive all the way to the Lighthouse, you’ve gone too far.)
Biking their main roads during repavement is unsafe. Instead, bring your bike to Fort Hancock and bike the Multi-Use Path there.
While the sewer system is under repair, beach centers will have port-a-johns. Some are in place now and more will be arriving later this month.
Sandy Hook is missing their 40-foot-by-16-foot stage from Beach C that was used for Summer Beach Concerts. If this showed up in your yard please contact the NPS to return it.
Pete McCarthy, the unit coordinator of Sandy Hook for the National Park Service, was quoted as saying in response to the missing stage, “We’re still looking for it, We’re still looking for a lot of things.”
Volunteers are sought for this Saturday’s Beach Sweeps Along Bayshore and Sandy Hook Coast. The Clean Ocean Action’s twice-yearly event is in its 28th year.
Groups of 10 or more are urged to register in advance before participating in the sweeps, but all volunteers are welcome even on the day of the sweeps, Clean Ocean Action says.
The sweeps begin with check-in at 9 a.m. and run until approximately 12:30 p.m., rain or shine. There will be a kick-off on Sandy Hook at 9 a.m. Speakers include State Assemblywoman Grace Spencer, Chair, Environment and Solid Waste Committee and Statewide Beach Sweep Sponsor Representatives.
Local sites include:
Sandy Hook: Parking Lot D (Seagulls’ Nest Restaurant)
Highlands: Popamore Point on Shore Drive & Snug Harbor Ave. Beach (behind Community Center)