The Beachcomber -- Memorial Day

Letter From the Editor

May 25, 2018

Dear Reader,

Thank you for being here.

While singular in its appeal as a Jersey Shore resort community situated between a bay and ocean, Long Beach Island is divided into six different municipalities with a lot in common but with distinct flavors and personalities of their own, noticeable in more ways than just those little oval-shaped bumper stickers with the initials of a given town. And, we wouldn’t hold our breath for an Island-wide beach badge.

This special issue is dedicated not to the obvious things that unite us all as summer-loving beach bums with sea water in our veins, but rather to the characteristics that lend to each town and its people a special sense of pride.

Barnegat Light is home to a state park and a commercial fishing village, for example, and the only one with a different ZIP Code from the others – 08006 to everyone else’s 08008. Long Beach Township is the only town with non-contiguous sections. Beach Haven’s historic district boasts magnificent Victorian homes and bed-and-breakfasts. Surf City has its eponymous hotel, complete with haunted tales.

Read on to discover more than you may have already known about what makes your favorite Island town unique, including celebrated lore and well-kept secrets, origin stories behind town names.

Greater than the sum of its parts, Long Beach Island is essentially one big “small town” (once cheekily described as an 18-mile-long lunch table), with many layers of history, shared environmental and economic issues, and an uncertain future. Of a few things we can be fairly sure. We’ll continue to nurture a thriving tourism industry. The ocean will keep taking our sand and we’ll keep putting it back. We’ll worry and debate over how to prepare for ever-worsening storms and sea level rise. And we’ll soak up the sun, play in the waves, and eat, drink and make merry all the while.

Vive la plage!



Victoria Ford


and the entire Beachcomber crew


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