LBI Would Suffer

Mar 08, 2017

To the Editor:

For those who support the new administration’s proposals to eliminate or reduce the functions the Environmental Protection Administration and reduce regulatory protection for our beaches and fisheries, a quick reminder of the days before the 1988 sewage ocean dumping ban.

In August 1987 LBI beaches were closed for three days. A September 1987 newspaper article reported, “LBI residents saw a sudden rise in fecal coliform bacteria off Atlantic City, everything from hospital syringes to tar balls washing in with the waves.” In 1988 Jersey Shore businesses lost $1 billion in revenue due to pollution-related beach closings.

Without enforcement of environment regulations, LBI’s tourist, real estate and fishing economies would suffer, affecting LBI homeowners and businesses.

Rick Merson

Barnegat Light

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