MIKE KELLY / ASBURY PARK PRESS / NORTHJERSEY.COM – From the window of his second-floor office in the middle of a narrow barrier island that stretches like a crooked witch’s finger along the Jersey Shore, Mayor Lawrence “Lance” White has a perfect view of the future.
A block to the west is Barnegat Bay — and the water.
Two blocks east is the Atlantic — and more water.
In between is White’s town. The borough of Mantoloking is home to about 250 year-round residents and another 1,000 who show up each summer, many of them living in million-dollar homes. Or as White noted on a recent morning: “We’re a thin strip of sand between two large bodies of water.” …