Manasquan Beach Improvement Association


Introduction
Helpful Websites:

Manasquan Borough:   www.manasquan-nj.gov
Inlet Cam:                     http://www.surfline.com/surf-report/manasquan-northeast_4278/
Surf Report:                  http://www.surf-forecast.com/breaks/Manasquan-Inlet                                                                               Inlet Tides          :          https://www.usharbors.com/harbor/new-jersey/manasquan-inlet-uscg-station-nj/
Weather:                       http://www.weather.com/weather/today/l/08736:4:US 
Manasquan OEM:        http://www.manasquan-nj.gov/office-emergency-management
Brielle Rd. Bridge:        https://www.monmouthcountythreebridges.      
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Officers:
   Mary Ryan               President
   Bob Young              Vice President
   Al Sauer                  Treasurer
   Helen Young           Secretary

Trustees:
   Jessica Burke
   John Casey
   Julie Cocozza
   Tom DeLorenzo
   Sue Federico
   Janice Gaswind
   Lisa Haas
   Pat Merz
   Bennie O'Grady
   John O'Grady
   Robert Richardi
   Heather Schofield
   Linda Sims
   Bette Worth

Trustee Emeritus:
   Warren Randolph



MBIA Historian:
   Carol Kirkman


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                                                                                                          P.O. Box 231, Manasquan, NJ 08736
Since 1921 the Manasquan Beach Improvement Association has been committed to protect and improve the beach environment and to promote Manasquan as a family beach town.  

In addition to working closely with the Borough Council and Beach Administrator, the MBIA participates in Big Sea Day, the Annual Inlet Celebration as well as the Christmas Tree Lighting & Annual Candy Cane Hunt.  In May, the MBIA holds a Volunteer Day and in October hosts a Breakfast with the Candidates for the Borough Council.

​Manasquan is the southernmost coastal municipality in Monmouth County NJ. Manasquan’s beautiful one mile long sandy beaches are bordered on the north by the New Jersey National Guard Camp and on the south by the Manasquan Inlet which is the northern terminus of the Intercoastal Waterway. The beach is a favorite spot of bathers, surfers and fishermen. 

Did you know...

Voted Best Shore Town in 2018 Asbury Park Press

Star-Ledger in 2019 names Manasquan the third best beach in NJ 

Named 21st Coolest Town in America by Matador in 2019

SmartAsset named Manasquan one of the top ten NJ places to retire in 2017​

Manasquan has the largest junior lifeguard program in Monmouth County


  
Major MBIA Initiatives 1921-2021
​The MBIA will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2021. Mark your calendar as our celebration culminates on Sat. Sep 18, 2021
1. MBIA initiated discussions for the Sale of American Timber Company Land to individual homeowners (1972)
Carl Yard, owner of American Timber Company, willing to sell land at southern part of Manasquan      beach area but will only sell to currently living persons / owners on the land (1972)
-He wanted the area to continue to remain a community of small homes
-Land owned by him and his father contained area from Brielle Rd to Inlet, Timber Lane to Third Ave since 1870
In early 1980’s, rents of leased land rose dramatically from approximately $500 per year to several thousands of dollars per year (1983)
Reassessment of property valuation sparked major increase in rent Carl Yard owned land in beach area from approximately 4 million to 18 million per year (1983) (1984)
Reevaluation of Manasquan homes and properties significantly raised rents on hundreds of beach area homeowners (1984)
Homeowners questioned high tax rates due to borough assessments on properties
Goal was to buy property from American Timber Company owned by Carl Yard (1983) (1984) (1987)
Land sale by American Timber Company to rented land was completed but slowed down since the town wanted 350,000 dollars due to subdivision of properties and changed rules/laws to obtain certificates of occupancy  
In 1991, MBIA assisted with a class action lawsuit filed last decade and fought rent due to the American Timber Company which was finally settled
MBIA helped to win a major lawsuit against American Timber Company, a legal decision that gave way to a beachfront renaissance in Manasquan concerning renting leased land that their homes were built upon (1991)

2.MBIA discussed possible rezoning of Borough beach area
Council considered rezoning (1984)
Osprey hotel submitted informal request to convert 2nd floor into condos
MBIA against rezoning due to Osprey request

3.Many beach landowners want to rebuild and MBIA pushed for clarification from borough and changes needed in town zoning laws to amend building height

4.MBIA against Jack Lanjelia to construct condos on Surf N’ Sand property on E. Main St & 3rd Ave (1986)

5.MBIA concerned about high density construction of condos and townhouses east of Watson’s Creek (canal) (1986)

6. Borough denied variances to Surf N’ Sand for condos. (1986)
Tract too small for condos
Owners request Board of Adjustment to erect detached single family homes. 
Area is currently business zoned
MBIA hired attorney to appeal zoning decision on condos 

7.MBIA president discussed proposed dune building program with members at Fall meeting (1988)
MBIA voice opinion against building of dunes on east side of beachwalk, walkway/boardwalk
EPA gave permission to build dunes in 1989
Dunes were constructed in early 1990
Dunes installed with beach grass planted by town volunteers (1991)
Borough placed zig-zag snow fencing to help protect the dunes and grass 
MBIA officials and members didn’t like the dunes and fencing
American Timber Company deed from 1931 gave beach land to the borough with stipulation that “no structures were to be built on the beach”

8.Oct 1992 Nor’eastern washed away 80% of new dunes installed in 1990 + 1991
MBIA fought against rebuilding dunes in court and lost, dunes were eventually rebuilt  
Major possible legal issue with the snow fence (May 1991)
MBIA and American Timber Company continue to work on dune fencing after dunes were replaced after the 1992 storm destroyed them (1993)
Specific types and dimensions of fencing were agreed upon
Split rail fence on west side of dunes will be installed for aesthetics purposes 
MBIA was very influential in getting town to install the split rail fence (1992)

9.Borough Council passed $1,000 fine and possible jail time for non-removal of snow from sidewalks after of 12 hours of daylight after snowstorms (1985) 
MBIA responded to Council that this was discriminatory towards beach property owners since many not occupied in winter months and seniors can’t get heavy snow removed
Snow removal ordinance vetoed by mayor due to concerns of seasonal homeowners and fulltime resident seniors  

10. MBIA brought a lawsuit against the borough for not willing to move piled up sand at beach access areas between dunes (1992)
MBIA made agreement with borough to remove the sand from beach access sections
MBIA agreed to stop the lawsuit since the borough agreed to remove sand

11. MBIA noted water pressure problems at beach and also standpipe (1994)
MBIA strongly opposed to the presumed standpipe from the beginning and encouraged council to install additional water meters instead
Council and engineers studying larger water lines at E. Main St and Brielle Rd to assist water pressure issues

12. MBIA worked with Council to get Army Corp of Engineers to get beach replenishment one year sooner due to 1992 Nor’easter beach erosion (1995)
Inlet dredging being done one year earlier also
MBIA and American Timber Co help to fund beach replenishment project 
-The money was created four years ago into a fund for Manasquan beachfront 
-American Timber Co placed $35,000 into the fund
-Money was earmarked for infrastructure in the beach area and had to be spent by Dec 1995

13. MBIA developed first website for the Association (2011)
www.squanmbia.org
email- squanmbia@gmail.com

Our Mission Statement
To protect and improve the beach environment and to promote Manasquan as a family beach town.


Interested in learning about the MBIA's major initiatives over the past 100 years?

See Below


This section is under development​

The MBIA as a citizen's organization is partnering with Borough officials to compare data for analysis in order to fulfull our Mission Statement, "protect and improved the beach environment and to promote Manasquan as a family beach town."


Link to record police calls to report a nuisance

https://forms.gle/7J2PVaCRGDpHW35T6