Yesterday we went to Seabreeze New Jersey to walk all of our dogs on a nice cool late Summer Day. The first thing we noticed was all the houses along the bay with NOBODY in them. Also there is this retaining wall that is crumbling in a big way. Here is an entry in Wikipedia:
The town is home to a small community of seasonal homes and does not have many year round residents. There is one road in Sea Breeze, Beach Avenue and it is unpaved. There are no marinas or businesses, but Sea Breeze is still used by salt water fisherman and bird watchers.We saw that 2 house were burned out. One was completely gone and the other was just a shell. These fires happened just recently on August 18th of this year.
In November, 2008, six of the 19 homeowners in Sea Breeze asked the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to buy their properties. A recently constructed seawall has been badly damaged by the waves, leaving the properties at great risk.
The State of New Jersey has not yet made a decision on the homeowners' request.
On May 17, 2010 "NJN News" reported the remaining homeowners have agreed to sell their property to the state
The DEP has been making offers and buying up Seabreeze properties since at least the fall of 2008, in an effort to acquire as many as possible there. The area has long been a stopping point for migratory birds, spawning horseshoe crabs and diamondback terrapin sea turtles.
Although the town has declined greatly since its days as a thriving Delaware Bay resort, homeowners there cherish the scenic maritime locale.
Only a few have lived there year-round, and it wasn't clear Wednesday if all of them had sold to the DEP. The vast majority of properties there are vacation homes.
A seawall completed in the spring of 2007 was meant to protect the town from the bay's wrath, and that of storms, but has continually deteriorated.
|The Infamous Seawall at Seabreeze|
Weird NJ.. Enjoy the photos and video. They summarize this little trip to Seabreeze. We took the dogs for a hike in Fairfield TWP. We first went to an old graveyard then to a nature walk where we met up with Jane Galetto who was going to ride her bike to Seabreeze with her husband. More on that little trip later. Hope the weekend has been fun for y'all!!