Testa’s Legislation Helps Secure $100M to Help Shore Communities Preserve Boardwalks

Testa’s Legislation Helps Secure $100M to Help Shore Communities Preserve Boardwalks

February 26, 2024

After leading the charge last year to help establish a Boardwalk Preservation Fund, Senator Michael Testa is proud to announce that these much-needed funds are now being used to help South Jersey municipalities.

“Anyone who lives near the shore knows that boardwalks are an economic driver for shore town communities and generate millions of dollars in revenue for the state,” said Testa (R-1). “I’m proud that the bill I sponsored is already providing grants to help cities and counties preserve and maintain these vital features of the Jersey Shore for generations to come.”

Testa’s bill, which established the Boardwalk Preservation Fund within the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), was approved by the Senate on June 30, 2023 and signed into law two months later in August.

On February 23, 2024, the state announced that $100 million in Boardwalk Preservation Fund grants will be given to 18 municipalities to assist them in repairing boardwalks in their communities.

“These grants are necessary to support the long-term economic success of the Jersey Shore and preserve the historical significance of these structures,” Testa added. “These funds will also bolster vital coastal infrastructure and provide a significant return on investment for the state by improving our tourist appeal and opening additional opportunities to generate revenue.”

Six municipalities in Testa’s district that will receive funding to maintain boardwalks:

  • Cape May ($6.7M)
  • North Wildwood ($10.3M)
  • Ocean City ($4.9M)
  • Sea Isle City ($2M)
  • Wildwood (8.3M)
  • Wildwood Crest ($1.1M)

 

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