Bravo, Beach Haven
To the Editor:
I feel blessed to have lived on LBI for the past 75 years, spending my childhood summers in Ship Bottom and my adulthood in Beach Haven.
After my husband, John Bailey Lloyd, died in 2003, I vowed to continue his passion for recording the history of LBI. I forged a path to travel down, and on it I met people who have enriched my life and taught me more than I can ever repay.
So, on April 4, after receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from Ocean County for preserving local history, my first thought was appreciation to all those people whose stories I recorded and knowing that JBL was smiling down on me.
Most important is that the award represents a special recognition of Beach Haven, whose residents work endless hours preserving its past. A special salute goes to our three museums – maritime, LBI and the library museum – for exhibiting the people, places and events.
Last but not least, I’d like to recognize our elected officials past and present for embracing our 30-square-block historic district and the hundreds of volunteers who keep these institutions moving forward.
I would be amiss not to mention Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commissioner Tim Hart for the recognition, Melanie Magaziner for the loan of the Mud City Crab House shuttle, Bill Burris for the huge bouquet of red roses and the dozens of friends who traveled to Toms River to share the occasion. It was the perfect salute to Beach Haven, the town I love on an island that is beloved by millions.