Free first-timers boat ramp offer

2018 UPDATE: This offer is replaced; the blog post is obsolete. For 2018 the ramp fee is waived for all boats. Marina membership is required to use the ramp or any marina facility. Annual family membership is $50.

We are testing a new marketing promotion as the flounder season gets started this year that is intended to introduce more boaters to the convenience and level of service available here at Money Island.

Normally the ramp fee is $15 for boats up to 18 feet and $20 for larger boats that typically require assistance with the launch and loading.

We advise against using the boat ramp within 90 minutes of low tide. Low tide time is available using the link at the lower left of this page or by calling the marina at 856-723-0294.

This offer is valid for first time use of Money Island Marina boat ramp and is available at the discretion of the marina manager. One offer per customer. Minimum purchase $10 bait 

Live/fresh bait is always subject to availability so call ahead 856-723-0294. Gratuity is not included.

This offer ends on 8/20/2016 or when the ending date is changed on this web page. Please send comments/complaints/feedback about this promotional offer to Tony Novak at cell/text 856-723-0294.

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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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.

Old misinformation on ‘marina sale’ resurfaces this weekend

video reinforcing ‘marina not for sale”

Yesterday a Money Island homeowner said that he saw that the marina is still listed for sale on the internet even after my work to debunk the story a while ago. He found my prior explanation that it was an unauthorized listing to be incredible. I agree; it was incredible and I still don’t understand how a reputable Realtor would accept a ‘for sale’ listing not signed by the property owner without any evidence that the ‘seller’ had legal authority to do so.

The MLS listing scheme was reportedly modified to say that it is only the mortgage holder’s interest that is being offered for sale, not the property or business equipment. But I have no proof of the modification and that is little comfort to the business operators here.

I re-traced the issue online and find that whatever is still posted online as real estate for sale is just leftover from the original mishap and not a new second offense by either the Realtor or the publisher who were both served with a cease and desist letter when I discovered the scheme. We all know that just because it is on the internet does not mean that it is true.

The underlying source seems to be the same attorney who is facing disciplinary charges for making a similar false claim to represent the owner back in 2012. We expect that he will eventually be held liable for damages for these false statements.

My point is simply to reassure the business community that the marina is not for sale, that current management expects to continue to operate it, that we are working through the legal process to address the old open mortgage issue and that this attorney may eventually face consequences for his actions.