July 15, 2021
By Eric Englund
Champagne bottles had been opened at the close of James Street in Harvey Cedars for the duration of the night of July 2, as area homeowners celebrated the latest announcement from the borough that the 3.4-acre bayfront wetlands tract there experienced been preserved.
The acquire price tag for the tract was $125,000, which incorporates a modest sandy seaside ideal for launching kayaks and kite boarding. Initially owned by the DeCesare household, the land was bought in 2016 by George DiDonato, who at the time put up barricades and “no trespassing indications,” a lot to the surprise of neighborhood citizens who experienced normally employed the location for recreational functions.
“The preservation of this property was a 4½-yr-prolonged effort,” stated resident Susan Carril. “In summary, the Ocean County Land Belief, the condition of New Jersey’s Environmentally friendly Acres system, Preserve Barnegat Bay with neighboring home proprietors, Harvey Cedars Open Space and Harvey Cedars borough all arrived alongside one another to make this acquisition transpire. This was surely value a small celebration, particularly in advance of the significant vacation weekend.”
Borough Clerk Daina Dale said the tract borders an region of the North Beach portion of Very long Seashore Township.
“The township had preserved that area some time ago, so it manufactured sense to do James Avenue, way too,” she mentioned. “Now we have one particular big place the place men and women can appreciate out of doors activities.”
Carril said pretty much 30% of the resources to invest in the assets have been donated by the neighbors, private householders, on James and William streets.
“They worked with Help you save Barnegat Bay and Harvey Cedars borough to get this land preserved,” she stated. “Save Barnegat Bay paved the way for the voice of the neighbors to be listened to amid the DEP (state Office of Environmental Security) and several land organizations, and the municipalities associated. Save Barnegat Bay also manufactured their possess financial contribution towards the order. It is also awesome to see it currently being made use of once again by kayakers and kiteboarders.”
Included Deputy Mayor John Imperiale, “I was thrilled to be a part of this celebration and a demonstration of the best of Harvey Cedars and its inhabitants.” —E.E.