Mordecai Land Trust Fundraiser Features House Tour, Cocktails 

Jul 17, 2017

The Mordecai Land Trust will hold its annual House Tour and Cocktail Party fundraiser on Saturday, July 22, in Beach Haven. The tour will run from 2 to 6 p.m. and feature five houses, one 105-year-old newly restored historical home and four exquisitely designed custom built homes, as well as a coastal organic garden. The cocktail party and silent auction will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club overlooking Mordecai Island.

Tickets may be purchased at Wyndecrest Home in Beach Haven, Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club, or online at mordecaimatters.net. Tickets are $50 for the house tour and cocktail party or $40 for house tour or cocktail party only.

Linda Colgan, land trust president, said all  roceeds benefit Mordecai Island, with a special emphasis in supporting the trust’s Pilot Living Shoreline Project, or “Oyster Castle” Project, a demonstration breakwater off the western edge of the island that the trust is installing in partnership with ReClam the Bay.

The 12-by-12-by-8-inch, 30-pound castles, which are scheduled to be placed in the water near the end of July, can be arranged in various arrays, allowing for tidal flow and stability. Subtidal oyster colonies and ribbed mussel colonies placed in the high intertidal zones above them are intended to be established on the castles. This pilot project is the first demonstration to test this concept on a living breakwater.

Mordecai Land Trust was formed in 2001 as a not-for-profit corporation. Its members are committed to the protection, preservation of Mordecai Island and education of the general public about it with an emphasis on efforts relating to retarding erosion, and protecting and preserving its open spaces and various habitats.

More information about Mordecai Island is available at mordecaimatters.net. E.E.

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