NJ may accept donation of river island

January 15, 2009 5:47:52 AM PST
Nearly five years after rejecting it, New Jersey officials are on the verge of accepting an offer to take over an island in the Delaware River in Camden County. The state's Natural Lands Trust board is considering an offer for control of the island from the Citgo petroleum company. A vote is expected Friday.

Under the McGreevey Administration in 2004, the state rejected a similar offer to preserve the island, which is home to a pair of nesting bald eagles. Details of the new agreement have not been disclosed, but previously Citgo offered to clean up pollution on the island off Pennsauken and donate money for its maintenance.

A developer had plans to put up a golf course, homes and a conference center on the island, but has since abandoned the idea.

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