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Fish cleaning table rebuild project complete

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The rebuild of our primary fish cleaning table is complete thanks to help from Andy with the water line and Jim’s tip about my design flaw that is now corrected. The underlying motivation was to conserve water (as part of our participation in New Jersey’s Clean Marina program), improve appearance and increase durability of the equipment. I didn’t guess that it would cost $500 in plumbing parts plus the labor. But hopefully this project with new bras valves will outlast it’s builders. The brass water valves we are replacing appear to be from the 1940s.

YOU ARE INVITED: Marina BBQ/lecture Saturday June 11

You are invited to a Marina BBQ and Lecture, Saturday June 11, 2016, 2-5 pm (fair weather only), Money Island Marina, Newport NJ 08345.

Let us know if you’ll attend!  Please RSVP at 856-447-3576  or tnovak@baysave.org or on our Facebook event page.


MENU: Steamed Blue Claw Crabs (if locally available), BBQ and chicken, corn on the cob, salads

COST: The event is open to the public without charge but we request a donation of $10 per adult/$5 child at the event to help cover food costs.

TOPIC: Representatives of The Nature Conservancy will discuss shoreline stabilization at Money Island.

HOST: BaySave Foundation and partners

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OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS: More events focusing on local industry, seafood and culture to be announced. Next scheduled event is Family Day Open House, Sun. July 3, 2-5 PM

MORE INFORMATION: Check our Facebook page for weather-related and other announcements

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Grant proposals for Money Island

SBDC logoTwo weeks ago Tony met with the director of the NJ Small Business Development Center at Stockton University to discuss Money Island’s strategic planning for our various businesses. Tangible results are beginning to show.

First, our business plan went through a major update and is available in draft format for public comment. (If you want to see a draft copy, please contact us).

Second, since it is clear that our future depends on success in obtaining government and private sector grants, the SBDC is trying to help us with the grant proposal writing and management process. This is almost a full time job and Tony is already overwhelmed with the first five grant programs wehere we are currently being considered.

 

Our resident ducks

These two black ducks have lived around the marina for a few years. They are not afraid of Bruce or Tony and often they are within a few feet of our front door in the morning.  They like hanging around the boat ramp but seem to disappear later in the day when we get any traffic. Yesterday we were concerned when we only saw one duck alone. We hoped the other was nesting since this seems to be the time of year for that. We hate to think of the alternative. But then later in the day we spotted both of them swimming near the fishing dock.

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Planning for the rest of May’s weather

10 day forecast

The frequency of rain forecast this month is already old news. But beyond that, we see that the weekend forecast looks good for flounder fishing.

The biggest single weather issue for us at Money Island is that we must have winds of at least 5-10 mph to keep the gnats away. The breeze is usually stronger here than what is forecast for inland locations above. When the breeze dies (as is common at dist when the direction of wind changes) or when you step into a spot where the breeze is blocked then these tiny bugs are intolerable at this time of year. So our best hope is for wind enough to clear the bugs away but not enough to keep the fishing boats from going out.

Bruce is still running the bait shop heater in the morning. Maybe we can put it away by the end of the week. It looks like a quick change-over to the bedroom AC will be needed within the next few days.

Long term temperature outlook

We’ve just finished the warmest year in the history of weather recordkeeping. Now the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says there is a 75 percent chance that by fall we will have cooler temperatures globally.

All I know is that here we are May 21, mid-morning, and I’m wearing a sweater and a jacket at the marina. Most years by the second week of June I can’t stand to be outside too long. I come inside about once an hour to cool off and change out of my dripping wet sweaty work clothes.