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NJ - Evidence Shows Wind Farms Will Not Affect Shore Tourism

Offshore wind development is inevitable for the Atlantic Seaboard.

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has begun the process to select from a competitive field of submissions for offshore wind development. This activity has sparked a shocking amount of misinformation circulating to scare off our community from supporting the projects. Moving to 100% clean energy is essential for our future economic development and environmental sustainability.

As an active member of the New Jersey Organizing Project’s Shorekeeper Committee, I have become increasingly involved in environmental issues and have sought to educate myself about the area I call home. My parents built a home on Long Beach Island in 1955, and even though we were a military family, my mother and I spent every summer in that house with my grandmother. In 2016, after 30 years in Kentucky working in thoroughbred racing, education and disaster management, I moved permanently to the Island. For most of my adult life I was a semi-professional photographer, and once on the Island I turned my attention to photography full time. I am currently working on a project to document the people who make up the essence of the Jersey Shore to inform our visitors about who and what keep the heart of the Jersey Shore community beating (pattrotter.com).

Rising sea levels and climate change are a real threat to our lifestyle here on the Jersey Shore, so naturally I am interested in alternative sources of energy and a firm supporter of wind energy. Since tourism is one of the main economic drivers of our region, there has been concern that offshore wind will cause tourism to decrease. I understand why our neighbors may be concerned about offshore wind projects, but I urge everyone to do their own research on the various proposals before jumping to conclusions.

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