Measure Doubles Funding to Protect Jersey Shore & Boost Tourism Economy
Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) to double the resources available to the New Jersey Shore Protection Fund has been approved by both the Senate Environment and Energy Committee and the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee.
Legislation by Sen. Joe Kyrillos would double support for the Shore Protection Fund. (Wikimedia Commons)
The committees held a special joint hearing on August 18th in Toms River to consider the legislation to increase support for the fund, which helps pay for projects that protect the Jersey Shore from storms and the important shore tourism industry.
“Boosting the Shore Protection Fund will help us to strengthen our state’s $40 billion tourism economy and the half-million New Jersey jobs that depend on it,” said Kyrillos. “It will provide the resources we need to maintain beaches that rival any on the East Coast, and make returning to the Jersey Shore an easy choice for families planning their next vacation.”
Kyrillos sponsored the original legislation that created the Shore Protection Fund in 1992.
His current legislation, S-311, would double the amount provided annually to the fund from $25 million to $50 million.
This increased funding will allow shore municipalities and counties to harden critical infrastructure and shield at-risk communities from future storm damage and coastal flooding.
Eligible projects include:
- Beach replenishment;
- Construction and maintenance of bulkheads, jetties, and seawalls;
- Maintenance or repairs to existing shore protection structures;
- Improving public access and use enhancements; and
- Projects associated with shore protection, stabilization, restoration or maintenance.
“The billions of economic activity that take place from Sandy Hook to Cape May are critical to the state’s economy,” added Kyrillos. “This legislation represents a renewed commitment to the Shore Protection Fund, and reaffirms our belief that a strong Jersey Shore makes a stronger New Jersey.”
The legislation now heads to the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee for approval.
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