Minerva's by the Sea was conceived as Emma's mission--to offer a luscious vacation , with a nurturing venue, and nourishing meals, to celebrate and thank people of modest means who do America's community work: teachers, and first-responders, and truck drivers and parents, small business owners and pediatricians and artists and story-tellers, nurses and military service people, and other community-minded people, like one of our teenage guests who cut off her long hair to donate to cancer survivors.
Covid, and all its associated medical, social, and economic confusion, forced us to close in 2020.
Now we are determined to rebuild and reopen "somewhere" in the low-keyed peacefulness of Barnegat Light! We are aiming to build a "covid-resistant" venue, with conscious attention to ventilation, air-handling, and other protective measures. Take a look at our story at

Join us in this exciting re-building effort! There are more than 2500 people on our mailing list. If 1,500 of you were to put $200 in the common fund, we could rebuild and reopen by summer of 2024. So, here is what we are offering for your generous encouragement; Donate $250 and each of you kind souls who donated could get a FREE night in the new venue, one room with double occupancy!, Donate $400 and get TWO FREE nights, one room with double occupancy, Donate $1,000 and you will get you a free WEEK (7 nights), one room with double occupancy! To top it all off if you donate $2000 not only will you get a free week and our regular yummy breakfast every morning we will add a private gourmet supper catered for your party's tastes up to 4 people, 2 rooms, double occupancy. Don't wait too long for this sure-to-be popular offer. We are limiting the time we are leaving this open. This offer will close when we reach our goal.


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Emma Lapsansky
Barnegat Light, NJ

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