In 2009, the Maritime Forest in Bradley Beach was a parking lot. Almost 12 years later – this parking lot has become a natural habitat for migrating birds and wildlife, serving also to protect Bradley’s residents from ocean surges and hurricane-force winds. The Maritime Forest has been recognized by environmental organizations throughout New Jersey as a model for resiliency and coastal protection and has received national recognition and numerous awards. It all started with the support of Bradley Beach’s former Mayor, Julie Schreck, who’s early efforts to engage environmentalists, and to secure county and private funding, has culminated in the completion of “Phase 3” of this decade-long sustainability project.
Next Tuesday, there will be a formal dedication ceremony, officially naming this natural resource “The Julie Schreck Maritime Forest of Bradley Beach”. County Legislators, public and private sponsors will gather together to share in the accomplishment of completing this project – and to recognize the efforts of former Mayor Julie Schreck in helping to make this habitat a reality.
Council President Al Gubitosi enthusiastically endorsed the ceremony set for next week saying: “We are very excited about this beautiful natural resource that further defines Bradley Beach’s commitment to sustainability and to the environment, and we take great pride in naming it after our former Mayor Julie Schreck, whose vision made it possible”.
The public is invited to attend the ceremony next Tuesday, May 25th, at 11:00 am, located at the north end of the Bradley Beach boardwalk.
For additional information contact Bradley Beach Communications Director, Amy Hall at email@example.com
Attached Photo credit: Amy Hall