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Popular NJ beach closed until 2026 for restoration

Posted on February 12, 2024

If your summer plans include a trip to Cape May’s Higbee Beach, rework them.

According to the NJ Department of Environmental Protection of Fish and Wildlife, a section of Higbee Beach off of Sunset Boulevard in the Wildlife Management Area will be closed until December 2026.

Higbee Beach is the former nude beach known for bird watching, hiking trails and has a popular spot to watch the sunset.

The beach closure is part of the $37.5 million Pond Creek Restoration Project that will restore and enhance more than 400 acres of wetlands and marshes for migratory birds, raptors and wildlife that occupy the habitat.

“The Pond Creek Restoration Project will restore a major section of the wildlife management area that was degraded many years ago by a magnesium-extraction plant. We are excited to share our progress as we begin the important work of restoring this land for wildlife and public enjoyment, ”said Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette.

The closure will ensure public safety and protect and preserve the land and water areas of the 1,160-acre wildlife management area, a news release said.

The parking lot across from the World War II Lookout Tower will be closed, but the parking lot behind Sunset Beach Gifts located on Sunset Boulevard will be open.


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