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Lavallette is a Borough in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 2,665. Lavallette is situated on the Barnegat Peninsula, a long, narrow barrier peninsula that separates Barnegat Bay from the Atlantic Ocean.
Lavallette was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on December 21, 1887, from portions of Dover Township (now Toms River Township), based on the results of a referendum held two days earlier.
Lavallette was named for Elie A. F. La Vallette, one of the first rear admirals appointed in the United States Navy when President Abraham Lincoln created the rank in July 1862, and the father of Albert T. Lavallette, co-founder of the borough.
New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Lavallette as its 8th best place to live in its 2008 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey.
Lavallette is located at 39Â°58â€²7â€³N, 74Â°4â€²18â€³W (39.968481, -74.071647).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.4 kmÂ²), of which, 0.8 square miles (2.1 kmÂ²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 kmÂ²) of it (12.90%) is water.
There are eight protected ocean beaches designated for swimming as well as two on the Barnegat Bay and several designated specifically for surfing and surf-fishing. The borough offers tennis, boccie, shuffleboard, basketball and roller blading opportunities on the mainland while Barnegat Bay provides boating, sailing, windsurfing and other water sports.
There are also band concerts and Movies on the Bay, held at the Centennial Gazebo and Gardens located at Philadelphia Avenue and the bayfront.