Our summer is off to a good start, and we hope that yours is too!  We’ve had quite a bit of rain and fog this week, but the weekend is supposed to be beautiful!  Both towns are greening up, and everything is in bloom.  In Bay Head, replenishment is more than halfway complete, and you can find more details on that below.  In Mantoloking, the town recently participated in the “Barnegat Bay Blitz,” a bayfront cleanup.  Several locals, including Ed, spent part of the day cleaning up the bayfront beaches and street ends throughout Mantoloking.  Happily, less junk and debris was found than in recent years!

Save Barnegat Bay will be hosting an event at Bay Head Yacht Club’s Dale Building on July 12th – “Sips, Shells, and Strings.”  The event will feature Barnegat Bay oysters (and the oyster farmers), food and drink, and a local bluegrass band!  More details and tickets can be found here.

The National Flood Insurance Program was recently reauthorized by Congress, and has been extended through the end of September 2019.  There is also a new bill, the National Flood Insurance Re-Authorization Act of 2019, that is moving through Congress, and is expected to have bipartisan support.  In short, it provides $500 million in funding, per year, for 5 years for flood mapping and mitigation, and requires FEMA to make best use of new mapping technology.

As usual, the video below contains scenes from Bay Head, Mantoloking, and the surrounding area.  Hope you enjoy it!

Around the Towns

In Bay Head, beach replenishment activity continues, but work in the northern half of town should soon be winding down.  Equipment and piping will be removed, and access points will be open.  At times there may be interruptions as split rail fencing is installed.  Work continues south of Johnson Street, but all access points are open, with the exceptions of North, Egbert, and Johnson (per the town, as of Tuesday, 6/18 – but, this information changes almost daily).  Lifeguards are in place where possible, per the usual BHIA schedule. The latest information from the Army Corps can be found on their website, and updates from the town can be found on its website.

Regarding the proposed wedding venue at the former site of Winters Yacht Basin, across from Mantoloking, there is no additional news, but the project is expected to be a topic on the agenda at the July 10th Brick Planning Board meeting.

Ocean County has announced their Summer 2019 Hazardous Waste Collection program, and details can be found here.

Events

Bay Head Farmer’s Market – 3:00PM, Thursdays

3rd Annual Art in the Park and Beyond – Bay Head – This Sunday (June 23rd) – 10 to 4, Rain or Shine – behind the borough hall.

Mantoloking 4th of July Celebration – July 4th (of course!) – details here

Official Opening of the Mantoloking Borough Hall – July 5th, 10:00AM – Flag raising, refreshments, and more – west end of the borough hall.

Meetings

The next Bay Head Council Meeting will be held on July 1st at 7:00PM, and Mantoloking’s next regular Council Meeting is on July 16th, at 5:30PM.  The next Bay Head Planning Board meeting is on July 17th at 7:30PM, and the next Mantoloking Planning Board meeting is on July 11th at 6:30PM.

Additional town meetings can be found on the respective websites, linked below.  If you can’t find an answer to your question, please let us know.

Bay Head | Mantoloking

Market

Since our last update, there has been a slight increase in market activity.  Most of our listings have had one or more recent showings, and we also have a new listing at 810 South Drive in Brick.  You can see a brief video showcasing this property here.

We will be hosting open houses at three of our listings this weekend – 1038 Barnegat Lane and 214 Channel Lane, Mantoloking, Saturday, 1 to 3 – both bayfront.  On Sunday, we will be hosting an open house at our newest waterfront listing – 810 South Drive in Brick, also from 1 to 3PM.

As always, all of our current listings can be found on our website.

Additional details about the current market in both towns can be found below.  If you have questions about your property, or another neighborhood, please ask.

In Bay Head, there are currently 37 homes and parcels of land on the market, (same as last month, though there are new listings) and 4 properties under contract.  In the last 30 days, there has been one closing in Bay Head.  This property was listed and sold by agents in our office.

In Mantoloking, there are currently 41 homes and parcels of land on the market (down from last month’s total of 42), and 2 properties under contract. In the last 30 days, there have been no closings in Mantoloking.

If you are considering moving, we would be happy to meet with you.   In addition, if anyone you know is talking about selling or buying, please keep us in mind.

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We were recently encouraged to provide more video content.  If this is also of interest to you, please let us know.  We always welcome your comments, suggestions for topics, and other feedback.

Thank you, and have a great summer, and a Happy 4th of July!

Ed and Suzie

All statistics are per the Monmouth/Ocean MLS as of 6/20/2019.