STATEMENT OF DEP COMMISSIONER BOB SHINN ON THE ELLIS
"This victory was made possible through the collective efforts of many
dedicated people, including our own Tidelands Management Program,
which provided extensive historical documentation for this case.
Program Chief JoAnn Cubberley and her staff spent countless hours
researching, compiling and analyzing historical records relating to
the island and its waters. They meticulously reviewed maps dating back
to the early 1800s, aerial photographs from the 1930s, our own
tidelands conveyance records, and many other legal documents that
helped prove New Jersey's claims. Our experts in tidal water issues
were instrumental, providing a tremendous amount of documentation to
the Attorney General's Office and offering testimony as well.
The department is extremely proud of their accomplishment. I commend
them for their outstanding work in this case."