A Hard-Shell Life
The Delaware Bay seafood industry’s once-bustling days are long gone, but hardy men still work the water with grit and dedication
Small coastal towns like Little Creek, Port Mahon and Bowers Beach were built upon the Delaware Bay seafood industry that flourished amid bountiful oyster harvests in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
During that time, on the northern shore of the bay, New Jersey towns such as Bivalve, Money Island and Port Norris were home to more millionaires per capita than anywhere in the country — their wealth derived from the humble oyster.
The amenities can be spartan — or not — but the setting and simple pleasures of coastal state parks go a long way to satisfy devotees.
When Donna Garrison was 4 years old, she came to eastern Sussex County for the first time when her parents decided to go on a camping vacation at Delaware Seashore State Park.
“My dad loved to fish,” says Garrison, sitting at a campground picnic table and eating breakfast — fried eggs. “He found this park and brought the family down. My mom took one look around, saw that there were no trees, and said, ‘No way am I staying here.’ But they stayed a couple of nights and she fell in love with the place.”
Banking on Success
‘Career pathways’ program is leading high school students to the teller window at their own credit union branch.
In a few months, students and staff at Indian River High School who are carrying a few extra bucks in their pocket will have a new option. They’ll be able to take them to the bank … because the bank will be right down the hall.
Del-One Federal Credit Union will be opening a satellite branch at Indian River — most likely in January, credit union and school officials say — with students serving as tellers and business teacher Jeff Bunting adding the title of branch manager to his responsibilities.