Southern Ocean Chamber Launches Coastal Resiliency Committee

First Program: ‘What Businesses Need to Know’
Feb 27, 2019

The dynamic topic “Coastal Resiliency: What Businesses Need to Know” will be presented at the March 13 breakfast meeting of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce. All who do business in the region may attend the program at The Mainland/Holiday Inn, Manahawkin, beginning at 8:15 a.m. See registration information below.

The event will kick off the chamber’s new Coastal Resiliency Committee and introduce its seasonal strategies panel.

“The program will be looking beyond an environmentalist perspective; this discussion relates to how all businesses including retail/dining, recreational and professional services can use resources to understand potential impact of coastal changes,” said Lori Pepenella, chamber chief executive officer. “The panelists will give an overview of what projects are currently underway and how to stay informed so positive solutions are developed.”

The agenda begins with an introduction by Rick Bushnell, president of ReClam the Bay, who will discuss “why businesses will be better off with expanded knowledge of trusted resources.”

An update on the Army Corps of Engineers back-bay studies will follow.

An overview of local case studies from Beach Haven Mayor Nancy Taggart Davis will include how that town is looking to resolve local flooding issues.

Amy Williams, a post-doctoral associate at Stevens Institute of Technology and the coastal ecology extension agent at New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, will present online tools for businesses that include mapping, DEP information, material on living shorelines, and tidal tracking.

The chamber will also highlight its own resource that its website is providing as a clearinghouse for updated studies and information.

The event includes networking and a buffet breakfast. The cost is $25 with an RSVP to the Southern Ocean County Chamber office at 609-494-7211 or or by stopping its visitor center, at 265 West Ninth St., Ship Bottom.

The breakfast is the latest in the chamber’s Innovate & Caffeinate ongoing series. The organization is celebrating its 105th milestone year of continuous service to the business community.  —M.S.

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