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In 1985 the Campbell and Richmond families conceived the idea of a homeowners group. The purpose was to implement repairs and protect and enrich the environment. Members would be dedicated to the betterment of the neighborhood and concerned with the ecology. A non-political viewpoint would be maintained to adopt whatever was best for the community. Initially 20 members joined the association.

The beach was improved with benches from the township recreation department and swim ropes were installed. The parking lot was fenced and curfew signs erected. The association thrived and became involved with over-development and environmental problems.The community faced the problem of a shoaling inlet off the Amherst Beach. As the depth of the water diminished the neighborhood erupted with cries from concerned boat owners. BSHCA membership grew. Monthly meetings were attended in mass with the assistance of the Mayor, township Council, State Representatives and the perseverance of the Association's members. A bond was approved to widen and increase the depth of the inlet. A 60 foot groin was built to stop the littoral drift of the sand. A maintenance program with periodic soundings was developed by Stockton State College. Memorial Day 1995 marked the grand opening of the inlet with a boat parade and the blessing of the Berkeley Shores Fleet.

After the inlet project, the association reorganized to keep its membership numbers. A social program committee was established with the premise that if we were all on a first name basis and were friends we could tackle any problem. The treasury grew. With the funds, the members are able to give back to the community. Holiday food and gift baskets are distributed. Scholarships are awarded to our high school graduates. The group adopted a "Clean Streets" and lagoon clean-up program. "No-Wake" buoys were purchased to warn of new shoaling.

A welcome sign receives boaters at our inlet. Lagoon street signs were added to our bulkheads. The beach was outfitted with playground equipment. The Veeder Land Island was landscaped. The association maintains this section of county property to greet newcomers and advertise coming events. BSHCA membership now numbers over 600. We are a block voice in the area. We work very closely with the Township Officials to maintain a high quality of life. We are community minded not politically motivated. Together we enjoy the beauty of Berkeley Shores and welcome your participation in our organization.

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BSHCA Bylaws

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Contact Us:

Berkeley Shores
Homeowners' Civic
Association
P.O. Box 134
Bayville, NJ 08721
info@berkeleyshores.org

 

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