Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
That kinda day ...
Monday, April 04, 2016
I got real worried when I heard that a Panama law firm just leaked the names on nearly 200 public figures, executives and celebrities with “offshore holdings.” Yep, that’s the famed offshore bank accounts. Then it hit me, I’m barely holding onto a sickly onshore banking account. The closest thing I have to an offshore account is a couple bucks in loose change I’ve lost over the years while surfing.
Below: Frank LoBiondo.
YOU GO, SON: I chatted with Congressman Frank LoBiondo, who stopped by The SandPaper office today. A lot of time was spent talking about drones, sorta.
The talk’s early focus was on the William J. Hughes Technical Center, which co-occupies property with the SC Airport.
The Technical Center is apparently going places quickly, soon to become a national focal point for our nation’s Unmanned Aircraft System, which deals with the light-speed approach of a world reigned over by unmanned aerial vehicle, aka drones. The emphasis in AC will be drones in the business and public sectors, though how and where they fly also falls under the preview of Homeland Security. It’s a complex package that the congressman is overseeing.
You might know that the Technical Center is already a cutting-edge research facility, which also houses the Federal Air Marshal Service Training Center.
I did get around to talking beach replenishment with the congressman. Nothing overly new arose -- which you might have guessed when I began with drones.
Nonetheless, I was duly impressed with LoBiondo’s up-to-date knowledge of replenishment, inlet dredging and even the subtle problems that arise from the Forsythe Refuge being a designated Wilderness Area.
The most upbeat remark regarding the ongoing effort to use LEI sand on Holgate stemmed from a morning phone chat with the Army Corps. LoBiondo was told things were “moving along smoothly.” At the same time, he wanted to know any updates I might get, saying he would step in, if need be.
To be sure, LoBiondo is very much a hands on congressman, much like Jim Saxton – who tutored him when he first arrived in DC. I saw many Saxtonish aspects in LoBiondo’s intense approach to issues in his district – and around the world.
Below: Former Congressman Jim Saxton. Talk about a friend to LBI and vicinity.
LoBiondo went off on the ongoing reduction of the nation’s military budget. He offered some surely spooky insider info about the serious unreadiness of our military. And it wasn’t just political rhetoric. He’s on committees that see it all when I comes to our troops. He swears that we are barely half-ready should we be drawn into serious hostilities anywhere in the world.
I was most stunned by his concerns about our military equipment becoming obsolete, especially tanks. Weaponry is no longer being updated/upgraded.
More worrisome to the congressman are our waning abilities to effectively take on terrorist organizations in the Middle East. He pointed out a total lack of a CIA presence over there, allowing the likes of Isis to train troops with “absolutely no fear of the United States interfering.” And he should know, being on a newly formed CIA subcommittee. “We’re not even training anyone (CIA) to go over there,” he said, adding it can take years to efficiently train someone for covert ops in the Middle East.
I was impressed to see the congressman adroitly shift topics, seamlessly going from pumping sand out of LEI to our nation’s inability to fight Isis. He’ll get my vote for reelection.
Below is a DEP release – a barely decipherable one – responding to efforts by Mark Davies Builders to develop a once-marshland section of Holgate after Superstorm Sandy offloaded a slew of sand there -- where wetland grasses had once dominated the landscape.
Davies, representing the absentee owners of the land, had sought to build a goodly number of homes upon the sudden sandlands. Many folks, myself among them, cried foul. Just because some itinerant sand had washed onto the wetlands doesn’t mean the grasses, and wetlands, won’t come back --- which they’re now doing. Obviously, they won’t stand a prayer of coming back with multiple homes – and stone yards – upon them.
I can only vaguely understand what is being said here. I will need to reread the initial request by Davies and his lawyer to see if this decision permits them to proceed -- or stymies them. It seems it only allows one lot to have its designation changed. Of course, if that “lot” includes the entire area, then effort to stop the build are sunk.
Any gibberish readers out there?
NJ DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
LAND USE MANAGEMENT
Public Notice of Substantial Change on Adoption to Proposed Amendments
Coastal Zone Management Rules N.J.A.C. 7:7, Appendix D
Take notice that the NJ Department of Environmental Protection is proposing substantial changes on adoption to the proposed amendments, published April 6, 2015 (see 47 N.J.R. 683(a)), to the coastal wetlands maps promulgated under and listed in the Coastal Zone Management Rules, N.J.A.C. 7:7. (Effective July 6, 2015, the list of coastal wetlands maps formerly codified at N.J.A.C. 7:7-2.2(c) was recodified as N.J.A.C. 7:7, Appendix D; see 47 N.J.R. 1392(a).)
A statement of the substance of the proposed changes on adoption follows: The Department proposed to amend the wetlands boundary reflected on coastal wetland maps applicable to the Holgate section of Long Beach Township, Ocean County. The proposed boundary reflected the Department’s determination of current conditions in coastal wetlands reflected on Coastal Wetlands Maps 252-2112 and 259-2112 in response to a petition for rulemaking filed by Kevin J. Coakley, Esq. on behalf of Mark Davies Builders & Developers LLC, David Collins and Esther Tessel Collins, Kim Lambert, and Michelle Forte. The originally proposed amendments to the wetlands boundary apply to the petitioners’ property and certain adjacent properties. Through the notice of proposed substantial change on adoption, the Department is proposing to revise the proposed coastal wetlands boundary on one such adjacent property, Block 1.61, Lot 1, reflected on Coastal Wetlands Map 252-2112, to accurately reflect the extent of coastal wetlands on the property based on information presented on behalf of the property owner during the public comment period and verified by a site inspection conducted by the Department.
The public notice of substantial change on adoption is scheduled to be published in the New Jersey Register dated April 4, 2016. A copy of the public notice of substantial change on adoption is available fromwww.nj.gov/dep/rules; official repository libraries; and LexisNexis free public access to the New Jersey Register, www.lexisnexis.com/njoal.