Sunday, October 21, 2012
Toms River NJ
Some of these developments are now dealing with silted up lagoons, inadequate sewer lines & other problems of hasty, cheap construction in swamps. Many, perhaps most, of the original homes have been winterized. They became primary residences for retirees who had bought them as second shore houses. But the tiny plots are so valuable that the original small houses or "cottages" are torn down & million dollar homes crammed into the spaces.
These waterfront developments are not alone responsible for the ecological degradation of Barnegat Bay, although hardly anything could be uglier & more disrespectful They are less at fault than nearby uncontrolled mainland development, fifty years of sheer insanity, with its lawn fertilizers & all the environmental evils of road & parking lot runoff. Oh yeah, they all consider themselves Jersey Shore people, even the ones residing 15 miles inland in developments carved out of the Pine Barrens, who rarely get a sea breeze. They prefer to let Barnegat Bay turn into a stinking cesspool than listen to dire warnings of us North Jersey bennies. True, these bay front developments were originally for us, but we went home in September & didn't come back until May.