Photographer John Entwistle took this shot early in the morning on April 11, 2018. He told us that the halo over the shack is light pollution from Long Beach Island shore towns.
Fishing shacks once populated the dunes of Island Beach and other barrier islands along the Atlantic Coast. For Island Beach, however, the Judge’s Shack represents the final link to an age when professional people would hob-nob with rude watermen eking out a living in such a littoral setting.
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