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Coastal Trail Renewal Passes House, Awaits Senate

By Joe Hart

WASHINGTON –– A popular tourist trail with nine stops in Cape May County cleared an important jump in its race for temporary federal funding.
U.S. Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo (R-2nd) was one of 69 House Republicans Oct. 24 to approve the “Celebrating America’s Heritage Act,” which, among other things, would fund this New Jersey’s Coastal Heritage Trail for four more years, until Sept. 30, 2011.
The measure passed 291-122 with all “no” votes coming from the Republican side of the aisle. The bill now is headed to the Senate for consideration.
“New Jersey and local communities have a rich history that needs to be shared,” LoBiondo said in a press release.
“Doing its part, the Trail has helped to foster important public-private partnerships to continue those traditions while bringing in additional investment from the federal government. This legislation will ensure that those partnerships continue and the tangible investment our state has made in tourism is not wasted.”
The release stated that since its designation in 1988, the sites making up the Coastal Heritage Trail have attracted millions of tourists and residents to the area.
The 300-mile trail, which highlights the state’s ocean and bay-shore areas, stretches from Perth Amboy in the North to Carney’s Point in the West and down to this county in the South.
Local attractions along the trail include: the Ocean View Visitor’s Center, Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge, Cape May Point State Park, Corson’s Inlet State Park, Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, the Wetlands Institute, as well as the Higbee Beach and Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Areas.
Contact Hart at (609) 886-8600 Ext 35 or at: jhart@cmcherald.com

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