In 2009, the Maritime Forest in Bradley Beach was a parking lot. Almost 12 years later – this parking lot, at the north end of the boardwalk has become a natural habitat for migrating birds and wildlife, serving also to protect borough residents from ocean surges and hurricane-force winds.
On Tues., May 25 at 11 a.m. a ceremony is scheduled to dedicate and name this natural resource
The Julie Schreck Maritime Forest of Bradley Beach” in honor of a former mayor who helped make the habitat a reality. Her early efforts to engage environmentalists, and to secure county and private funding, have culminated in the completion of “Phase 3” of this decade-long sustainability project.
Council President Al Gubitosi enthusiastically endorsed the ceremony set for next week saying: “We are very excited about this beautiful natural resource that further defines Bradley Beach’s commitment to sustainability and to the environment, and we take great pride in naming it after our former Mayor Julie Schreck, whose vision made it possible.”