Mar 06, 2019

To the Editor:

I am writing this letter to Jay Mann in response to his Fish Story column in the Feb. 20 edition. Mr. Mann, 99 percent of the time I thoroughly enjoy reading your column; you are an insightful and talented writer. However, this time I feel compelled to comment on your lack of insight.

Unfortunately, once again, the people who live, enjoy and earn a living in the back bays of the mainland are invisible to (less important than) the people of Long Beach Island. Don’t get me wrong, my love for the Island I grew up on is very real, though I must admit that I feel my old Island is pretty much nonexistent now. Your commentary was the epitome the self-centered Island thinking.

Just where does everybody think all this migrating south replenishment sand is going? Into Little Egg Harbor Inlet perhaps? LEH Inlet serves as the southerly flush of the fragile and growingly more polluted Barnegat Bay. As important as that is, and at the risk of being self-centered myself, I live in Mystic Island, on the waters of Great Bay. Great Bay is the cleanest estuarine bay on the East Coast. The reason this bay is and has remained so clean is because of lack of development afforded it by the Pinelands Preservation Act and the Wetlands Act. All that beautiful clean water under the Pinelands runs into the Mullica River, into our gorgeous bay and is then flushed through LEH Inlet, with clean ocean water flushing back into the bay.

I love where I live. I see the most amazing sights right out my back yard. I can get in my boat to fish/clam/crab/sail when I want, or jump in to swim in clear, clean water. However, unless dredging LEH Inlet is included in the beach replenishment plans, my paradise is lost. Once that inlet is clogged with sand, my beloved bay will become more and more polluted.

When there is a need for beach replenishment, that sand could very easily come from dredging the now accumulating sand that is beginning to once again block the inlet and be piped (or trucked?) to any location in Holgate. This is not rocket science; use the same sand and move it from where it migrated back to where it needs to be! If the continued dumping of excess sand continues to migrate into the inlet, the death of yet another New Jersey estuarine bay is inevitable – a bay and estuary that spans from Holgate to Atlantic City including areas into the Mullica River.

If the feds, state and residents of the Island cannot see or care what the consequences of piling up all this sand have on the inlet, maybe the back bay residents need to unite and hire a lawyer to represent our interests.

Eileen Crayne

Little Egg Harbor


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