Architectural historians from the firm SEARCH will be completing architectural history surveys in Ventnor in the next few weeks, possibly as early as next week. This is related to the Ocean Wind offshore wind farm that is being developed 15 miles off the southern New Jersey coastline by Ørsted.
The architectural history survey work involves taking photographs of buildings built prior to 1976 that may have unobstructed views of the ocean. You will see someone taking photographs, and you may see someone taking a photo of your home.
The photographs will be taken from public rights-of-way (roadways, sidewalks, beaches, etc). Representatives from SEARCH will be identified as such and have appropriate identification.
This type of survey, as well as archaeological resource surveys, are requirements set forth by federal government, requiring an evaluation of architectural resources and to determine any potential effects of Ocean Wind on cultural resources.
This work is being conducted in all ocean-facing communities along the southern New Jersey coastline.
This is required by the National Environmental Policy Act and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Federal Offshore Wind Process.