Lacey Township, New Jersey

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Lacey Township is a Township in Ocean County, New Jersey and is considered part of the Jersey Shore region. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 25,346. It was named for Continental Army General John Lacey.

Lacey Township was incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 23, 1871, from portions of Dover Township (now known as Toms River Township) and Union Township (now Barnegat Township). Portions of the township were taken on June 23, 1933, to form the borough of Island Beach (which is now part of Berkeley Township).[7]

The Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station is located in the southern part of the township.

Murray Grove is a Unitarian-Universalist retreat and conference center in Lanoka Harbor, traditionally considered the site where Universalism in America began.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 98.5 square miles (255.2 km²), of which, 84.0 square miles (217.6 km²) of it is land and 14.5 square miles (37.6 km²) of it (14.74%) is water.

Forked River is a census-designated place and unincorporated area located within Lacey Township. The township also contains the unincorporated area of Lanoka Harbor. Bamber Lakes, Laurel Harbor and Sun Rise Harbor are also areas of Lacey Township. The township names its fire stations after the various areas of Lacey Township.

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