Median Beautification

Periodically a resident will inquirer about the aesthetics of the median “islands” between the north- and southbound lanes of the boulevard for the entire length of Loveladies. Here is information. Beautification of the boulevard has a long history.

The Loveladies Property Owners Association (LPOA) manages the small landscaped area at the southern entrance to Loveladies. Annually, through the membership-driven budget, LPOA contracts with a landscaper to keep that portion aesthetically pleasing. (the landscaping hides black vent pipes). Also through the budget LPOA maintains the flag/pole and the Loveladies "Welcome" sign.
The boulevard and the grass median dividing the roadway are owned and maintained by the Ocean County Government (not Long Beach Township).  County government workers can be seen regularly cutting the grass and using a street sweeping vehicle.
Back to the problems......To achieve a grass median with plantings in a barrier island setting requires consistent watering. Beyond the sign area, no water service to the approximately 2-mile Loveladies median exists. Also, the flagpole installer informed us that the existing median is located on top of the old Boulevard roadway. Therefore, the median soils are only a few inches deep.
Many years ago, trees were purchased/installed at intervals along the median. Unfortunately, due to the outlined problems the plantings perished.
We hope this provides insight to the median situation as we know it. At this point in time beautification is not on the table. In the future perhaps a “grass roots” plan to provide resources to “beautify” the Loveladies medians will materialize. Anyone interested?

Erin Buterick