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Long Beach Island

Long Beach Island NJ  

Note:  This island is the island off New Jersey, as opposed to the similarly named Long Beach Barrier Island off Long Island, New York.

Long Beach Island (locally known as LBI or simply 'The Island') is a barrier island and summer colony along the Atlantic Ocean coast of Ocean County, New Jersey.  Long Beach Island has 6 municipalities on Long Beach Island (Long Beach Township is broken into multiple neighborhoods)--
    * Barnegat Light
    * High Bar Harbor (Long Beach Township)
    * Loveladies (Long Beach Township)
    * Harvey Cedars
    * North Beach (Long Beach Township)
    * Surf City
    * Ship Bottom
    * Long Beach Township
          o Brant Beach
          o Beach Haven Crest
          o Brighton Beach
          o Peahala Park
          o Beach Haven Park
          o Haven Beach
          o The Dunes
          o Beach Haven Terrace
          o Beach Haven Gardens
          o Spray Beach
          o North Beach Haven
    * Beach Haven
    * Holgate (Long Beach Township)

Aligned north-south, the northern portion is generally slightly higher end, low-density residential; whereas the southern portion possesses more economical, higher-density housing and considerable commercial development.

The primary industries are tourism, fishing, and real estate.  The only access point to the island by land is the single bridge, The Causeway, from Manahawkin on the mainland to Ship Bottom on the island. Access is also by water transport.

Among the most significant of landmarks on the island are Barnegat Lighthouse, located on the northern tip and the Holgate Unit of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge on the south end.

As of the United States Census of 2000, a total of 8,556 people in six separate municipalities declared Long Beach Island home on a year-round basis.   However, the population in these communities swells significantly in the summer months to about 100,000 with part-time residents and tourists.

The island's communities are largely affluent and contain many vacation homes for wealthy residents in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and suburban North and South Jersey, even so the Long Beach Island Communities are eligible as an USDA Rural Development New Jersey area.

For grades K through 6, public school students attend the Long Beach Island Consolidated School District, which serves students from Barnegat Light, Harvey Cedars, Long Beach Township, Ship Bottom and Surf City. Schools in the district are Ethel Jacobsen School in Surf City (grades Kindergarten – 2) and Long Beach Island Grade School in Ship Bottom (grades 3 – 6).

For grades 7 through 12, public school students attend the Southern Regional Middle School (grades 7 and 8) and Southern Regional High School (grades 9 - 12).  These schools are both located in Manahawkin and are part of the Southern Regional School District, which serves the five municipalities in the Long Beach Island Consolidated School District, along with students from Beach Haven and Stafford Township, as well as the sending district of Ocean Township.

Long Beach Island is located just 25 miles north of Atlantic City, 55 miles east-southeast of Philadelphia and 75 miles south of New York City.

Points of Interest include--
- Loveladies - Home to the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, established in 1948 by artist Boris Blai.  The organization provides arts, science and recreation programs to area residents and visitors.
- Ron Jon Surf Shop - The original Ron Jon Surf Shop was located in Ship Bottom. Its current building along Route 72, the third building to house the business in Ship Bottom, is a large store immediately apparent to all travelers onto and off of Long Beach Island.
- Fantasy Island Amusement Park - Is the only location on the island with standard-fare amusement rides (including a classical-design carousel).
- Two significant commercial areas are Bay Village in Beach Haven, and Viking Village in Barnegat Light.  The latter includes numerous family-owned shops generally oriented toward the local fishing industry and many fishing charter boats set sail there, and a variety of handmade crafts are found.  The former is geared specifically toward the tourism industry, featuring a variety of eateries and more mainstream shops.
- The annual Chowderfest clam chowder competition is held at Bay Village every October, drawing a significant influx of tourists during the off-season.
- ReClam the Bay - is a local non-profit environmental organization that promotes environmental involvement and education in a constructive way.  They grow and maintain millions of baby clams and oysters to stock the local bays and teach people the importance and how fragile the shellfish population and this environment is.
- Beach Haven - The island’s main action center.  There you’ll find the family-oriented Victorian Fantasy Island Amusement Park, a water park, Settler's Mill Adventure Golf, the Surflight Theater, Thundering Surf Water Park & Golf, and a popular stores in the belly of the reconstructed tall ship at Schooner's Wharf.
- A ride on the Crystal Queen paddle wheeler (Beach Haven) is available.
- Barnegat Light, which encompasses Barnegat Lighthouse and the commercial fishing port of Viking Village.  It’s easy to find Barnegat Lighthouse State Park – just look for the 172-foot-tall, red-and-white lighthouse at the north tip of the island. Built in 1859, the lighthouse offers amazing views from the top – your reward after climbing the 217 steps.  Once it was regarded as one of the most crucial "change of course" points for coastal vessels.  A panoramic view of Island Beach, Barnegat Bay and Long Beach Island awaits visitors to the top of the lighthouse.

Some restaurants include--
- La Spiaggia (Italian), 357 W. Eighth St., Ship Bottom, NJ
- Raimondo's (Italian), 1101 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom, NJ
- Plate (American-New), 1403 Long Beach Blvd., Surf City, NJ
- Mustache Bill's Diner (Coffeeshop-Diner), Broadway & Eighth St.,
Barnegat Light, NJ
- Yellow Fin (American-New), 104 24th St., Surf City, NJ
- Gables, The (Eclectic / Int'l), 212 Centre St., Beach Haven, NJ
- Harvey Cedars Shellfish Co. (Seafood), 506 Centre St., Beach Haven, NJ and 7904 Long Beach Blvd., Harvey Cedars, NJ
- Roberto's Dolce Vita (Italian Northern), 12907 Long Beach Blvd.,
Beach Haven, NJ
- Plantation (American-New), 7908 Long Beach Blvd., Harvey Cedars, NJ

National Register of Historic Places listings include--
- Barnegat Light Public School, 501 Central Ave., Barnegat Light    
- Barnegat Lighthouse, N end of Long Beach Island, off Broadway Ave., Barnegat Light
- Beach Haven Historic District, Roughly bounded by Bay and Atlantic Aves., Pearl and 3rd Sts., Beach Haven
- Converse Cottage, 504 Atlantic Ave., Beach Haven
- Dr. Edward H. Williams House, 506 S. Atlantic Ave., Beach Haven

Historically, the island has been continuously settled since 1690, initially being a destination for hunters.  Barnegat Inlet, to the north of the island, was an important path for freight shipments and whaling from the 17th century through the 20th century.  Due to the inlet's importance and its turbulent waters, a lighthouse tower was constructed in 1835 to guide shippers through the area.  Erosion problems destroyed the tower in 1857, two years before the current Barnegat Lighthouse was completed in 1859.  The lighthouse remained an important fixture on Long Beach Island's northern tip until it became another relic of history in 1944.

By the mid-1860s, the whales around Long Beach Island had been hunted into extinction, and local businessmen needed a new way to make their money.  Early visitors to Long Beach Island traveled from as far away as New York to enjoy the hunting and fishing. 

A developing tourism sector prompted a railroad connection between the mainland and the island, which was completed to Barnegat Light in 1886 by the Pennsylvania Railroad line.  Tourism on Long Beach Island experienced a major setback iwith the Ash Wednesday Storm (also called the Great Atlantic Storm) of 1962.  A fierce storm that ripped up beaches from North Carolina to New York, the 1962 storm is considered by the US Geological Survey to be one of the most destructive storms in recorded history.  It nearly destroyed Long Beach Island altogether, eighty percent of the island's structures were either damaged or completely destroyed.

However the area rebounded, and by the 1970s, an article in Philadelphia Magazine quipped that, "The haves turn right (south) and the have mores turn left (north)," referring to the option of turning right or left when arriving on the island from the bridge.  The southern community of Beach Haven features historic and elegant Victorian homes that have survived the many storms.  The south end contains significantly more commercial zoning, which generally decreases north of the bridge.  Year-round residents and businesses in operation are more common toward the southern end of the island, particularly in the larger boroughs of Beach Haven and Ship Bottom.

Long Beach Island typically attracts a family-oriented crowd during the summertime, unlike more frenzied beach vacation destinations such as nearby Belmar and Seaside Heights.  Visitors generally take part in such activities as miniature golf, parasailing, jet skiing, walking and shopping, and relaxing on the beaches.  The island is known as a base for many long-range recreational fishing and charter boats, whose trips can range from 10–100 miles from one of the island's two inlets (at Barnegat Light in the north, and Beach Haven in the south.)

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