The Jersey Shore Partnership recently announced it will honor Belmar Mayor, and PQA managing partner, Ken Pringle with its 2009 Elected Leadership Award at its 13th Annual Summer Celebration at Fort Hancock, Sandy Hook on June 8, 2009.
A little more than a year after Pringle was first elected mayor, Mother Nature battered the Jersey Shore with a one-two combination: the Halloween Storm of 1991 and then, a year later, the devastating Nor’easter of ’92, which destroyed much of the coastline include large sections of Belmar’s boardwalk and a number of Belmar’s older beachfront pavilions. The Jersey Shore Partnership was formed in response to those events, and for nearly two decades has been a strong advocate for shore protection, beach replenishment and other initiatives that are of vital importance to the Jersey Shore. Pringle has worked closely with the Jersey Shore Partnership and others since then to advocate for federal beach replenishment funding, and a dedicated source of State funding for shore protection. In 1997, Belmar part of the largest beach nourishment project in U.S. History. In 1998, Pringle was invited to testify before the Committee on Environment and Public Works of the United States Senate in support of the Water Resources Development Act of 1998, which contained important elements regarding federal funding for shore protection.
Previous recipients of the Jersey Shore Partnership’s Elected Leadership Award include Congressmen Frank Pallone and Robert Saxton.