(Picture by Ryan Morrill)
Previous 7 days, Harvey Cedars officially introduced that a 3.4-acre region of open place off James Road in the borough is now preserved.
Past March, the Ocean County Board of Commissioners announced the initiative when it permitted preserving the location together with a further tract in Berkeley Township.
Borough Clerk Daina Dale reported the purchase price tag for the wetlands location is $125,000. The borough’s share is $50,000. “We also have Eco-friendly Acres funding and cash coming from our individual open up house tax, so it will likely cost us $15,000 when it’s all completed,” she claimed.
Dale said the land experienced at the time been owned by the DeCesare loved ones.
“It helps make feeling to maintain it since it borders an place of North Beach front that Extended Beach Township has presently preserved,” she mentioned. “With the closing now official, men and women can use the region for kayaking and windsurfing.”
County Commissioner Virginia Haines, liaison for parks, recreation and natural lands, explained this was the initial time the county was utilizing open area funds for Harvey Cedars.
“Ownership and management will remain with the borough, and a conservation easement will be dedicated to the county,” she claimed.
“The spot by Barnegat Bay can flood, so guarding this salt marsh from improvement will secure nearby qualities,” explained Jeff Tittel, the recently retired director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, at the time of the county’s announcement. “This is particularly significant simply because Ocean County’s original open up area approach was flawed, but they improved it. Now they are making use of open up area funding to purchase threatened and environmentally delicate lands to defend them from advancement.”
In November, Ocean County revised its Open up House, Parks and Recreation Strategy following the then-named Board of Freeholders voted against permitting the county invest in land from its municipalities working with open space resources. This opened up $13 million in open up house funding.
“Now that they are applying this revenue for the correct purpose, they’ll be able to get extra funding from Eco-friendly Acres and nonprofits,” mentioned Tittel. “This will even further stretch the $13 million of open up house funding. Preserving open up space is far more essential than at any time with local weather impacts like flooding and sea-degree rise. Open room resources are significant for stopping inappropriate enhancement and safeguarding cities from sprawl. Safeguarding open up space suggests fewer site visitors, much less water pollution and flooding.” —E.E.