The New Jersey Blue Acres Program is expanding in South Jersey.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Blue Acres Program has expanded into Atlantic County, with officials recently holding a kickoff meeting with eligible property owners in Pleasantville who are interested in participating in this effort that moves residents away from areas that are impacted by severe storms.
The DEP has determined that 25 properties in Pleasantville are eligible for acquisition by the program.
With the addition of Atlantic County, the program is now active in nine counties.
Since its inception shortly after Hurricane Sandy struck New Jersey, the Blue Acres Program has secured funding for the purchases of 981 homes.
Structures are demolished and the land is converted into open space to serve as natural flood buffers to further protect residents in the area.
For more information on the Blue Acres Program, call 609-984-0500.