Funding for Shore Protection: New Jersey's Approach

by Kenneth J. Smith, New Jersey Shore & Beach, Preservation Assoc, Manahawkin, NJ, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '85


The history of shore protection funding in New Jersey is rather bleak. From 1959 to 1980, a total of 56,810,080 was spent on beach restoration. Of that total, 27,084,768 came from the state. In 1977, New Jersey spent a grand total of 42,085 to protect 127 miles of coast. During this 21 year period, the local municipalities contributed over 17,000,000 of their own money. The resort tax concept appeared to be the most equitable and reliable method of collecting funds without placing too heavy a tax burden on the locals. It also promised to generate the most money. The tax is a 2% levy on the gross receipts derived from the rental of any room, apartment, or similar lodging in the county.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Financing | Taxation | Management methods | Beach protection and nourishment | Residential buildings | Local government | New Jersey | United States

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