Littoral Society to Hold Annual Beach Walk Despite Hurricane Sandy
American Littoral Society's usual Sandy Hook New Year's Day Walk moved
The walk must go on.
That's the sentiment of the The American Littoral Society, which promotes the study and conservation of marine life, will, for the first time, hold its 35th annual Dery Bennett Memorial New Year’s Day Beach Walk at a location other than its Sandy Hook home base.
This year, the group, determined to continue the tradition, but forced to take it elsewhere due to Sandy's wrath on the Hook, will bring the walk to Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch.
“In spite of Sandy, we are headed back to the beach” American Littoral Society Executive Director Tim Dillingham said in a release. “In fact, this year’s walk will provide not only a great way to start the New Year, but a teaching opportunity to discuss the storm, beaches and coastal development.”
The walk is named in honor of the Society’s former executive director, Derry Bennett.
The American Littoral Society encourages the public to patronize local business for lunch this year, foregoing their usual hot dogs, sauerkraut and left over Christmas cookies fare.
“Sandy displaced us from our home office on Sandy Hook, so serving lunch isn’t feasible," Dillingham said. "But really, we want to have folks bring their business to local restaurants, particularly those that might have been affected by the storm.”
Members of the public interested in attending the walk should meet in front of the Pavilion at Seven Presidents Park on Jan. 1, at 11 a.m.
The American Littoral Society is a membership-based, coastal conservation organization headquartered on Sandy Hook. The Society promotes the study and conservation of marine life and its habitat, defends the coast from harm and empowers others to do the same. To learn more, visit www.littoralsociety.org.