The Visitation Relief Center joined partner Save Barnegat Bay with other constituents throughout the state and visited local legislative office on Wednesday, March 11,2015 to show Senators that we care about the Pinelands and good government. A coalition of environmental organizations joined with the nonprofit organization, Bus for Progress, for a rally for the Pinelands. Among the legislative offices visited were Senator Connors District 9 (Ocean) and Senator Singer District 30 (Ocean). The coalition shared the sentiments of many Senators of both sides of the aisle opposing the nomination of Robert Barr to the Pinelands Commission in place of Robert Jackson.
Clean water and a clean environment are fundamental to the quality of life in Ocean County. Moira Edge, Assitant Director of the Visitation Relief Center stated “the last thing that so many families still recovering from Superstorm Sandy should have to worry about is any additional negative impact on the environment or the quality of the water.”
Senator J. Holzapfel (Ocean) announced his opposition on March 4, 2015 in a statement saying, “In Ocean County, environmental issues are always a top priority.” In a letter to the Senate former governors Byrne, Florio, Kean and Whitman stated, “As former governors for whom the Pinelands represents one of New Jersey’s great -but-ever-vulnerable-treasures, we ask for your help at this important juncture in the life of the Pinelands.”
The Visitation Relief Center was featured in an article in the Trenton Monitor.
“Some six months after the storm, at the high point of dealing with the initial devastation, the VRC lifeline created through the initiative of neighboring Visitation Parish, reported that some 3,000 families had received help from the programs established there.”
“We are working to get the word out in every way possible – in our publicity, by word of mouth, however we can, that the storm is not over. Things are even more difficult now. The rebuilding is just beginning and people are still struggling to reclaim their lives. The storm is definitely not over.”–VRC Director, Christie Winters
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