Beach Haven Reaching Out to Help Coast Guard

Jan 21, 2019
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

The borough of Beach Haven is urging community support for U.S. Coast Guard members, who are working without pay due to the partial federal government shutdown.

“The Coast Guard is always there for us,” the borough wrote in an appeal that appears on its website, beachhaven-nj.gov. “They were among the first people here helping after Hurricane Sandy. As a coastal community, this is our chance to be there for them. We are asking everyone who feels this is unacceptable for these men and women, their families, and their children, to please donate canned, non-perishable goods, or gift cards from stores in amounts no greater than $20.”

Donations can be brought to the borough clerk’s office and the police department headquarters in the municipal building as well as the neighboring Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Co. headquarters.

Beach Haven has had a long history with the Coast Guard, since for decades it had a station located at the bay end of Pelham Avenue until the federal government closed down the facility more than 15 years ago. The borough acquired it and turned it into an emergency operations center, and also used a meeting room for special events.

More recently it served as a temporary municipal building for years after Superstorm Sandy, until the new borough hall opened nearly a year ago.

Councilman Dan Allen said Coast Guard still keeps a presence in Beach Haven, as it leases an apartment at Mordecai Boat Basin and staffs it on weekends and holidays throughout the summer.

“Usually it is winterized for the winter, but available to them even though they don’t use it,” said Allen. “This year they need it open because of the shutdown, to temporarily house Coast Guard members who are new to the area. As it stands right now, they can’t cover the cost of securing a rental agreement.”

For more information, contact the borough clerk’s office at 609-492-0111, extension 215. E.E.

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