Point Beach Closer To Buying Ocean Avenue Plot

Point Pleasant Beach's tax map highlights the tract of land on Ocean Avenue that it is close to buying from a bank for $475,000.
Point Pleasant Beach's tax map highlights the tract of land on Ocean Avenue that it is close to buying from a bank for $475,000.
The Point Pleasant Beach Council approved the purchase of a tract on Ocean Avenue by the inlet for $475,000 that would allow the town to remedy a blight that is still damaged from Hurricane Sandy.

However, Mayor Vincent Barrella voiced some objections to the purchase, suggesting that the borough was bailing out Fulton Bank, which came to own the property after a foreclosure.  He did not indicate at Tuesday night's meeting whether he would veto the ordinance, which was introduced two weeks ago.

"I'd rather spend the money on a firetruck," Barrella said, blaming the continued disrepair of the property on "corporate greed."  The 7,600 square foot site at One Ocean Avenue has three structures, including a former breakfast restaurant that was severely damaged from the storm in October 2012.

Barrella said he expects the cost for the land and any building to replace the structures to approach $700,000.

If the ordinance is adopted, Open Space funds would provide the initial down payment.

Council President William Mayer and other council members said no other parties had expressed an interest in buying the property, which is an irregular lot in a zone requiring 10,000 square feet.

Council members said the lot could be used for public bathrooms to replace the ones by the inlet that were lost to Hurricane Sandy. Additional uses could be found for the lot, since the inlet is a big draw for tourists and people who enjoy fishing, council members said.

Mayer said after the council meeting that the lot could also fulfill handicap parking needs.


Jersey Shore Grinch April 17, 2014 at 10:02 AM
Political paybacks, whether positive or negative, often cause unquestionable people to play a role in questionable decisions. The condo dwellers didn't support the winners because they were the better candidates. They supported them because they were certain they could "convince" them that it was in the best interests of the town to buy the property so that the site of the former building could be moved away from the condos. Unfortunately, we pay for the payback to the tune of $700k+. Rather simple, isn't it, even though council will defend it on other, somewhat, legitimate grounds?
Thomas Sanquini April 20, 2014 at 02:28 PM
I have to question if some of these council members are retarded... I don't see how this qualifies as "green acres", or how you could spend what will amount to more than a MILLION DOLLARS of tax payer money after you account to land acquisition cost, flood and property insurance, construction cost, and not to mention interest on all the money they'll be borrowing to get this done. Below is what from the states website. If these council members put in as much work as being council members as the did running their campaigns maybe they'd get something productive done. " Q What can be acquired with Green Acres money? A A local government or nonprofit organization can use Green Acres funding to acquire land that will be used for public outdoor recreation or conservation purposes. You can buy the land in fee or acquire a conservation easement, with public access. We can help you buy land that contains buildings as long as they will be used in support of outdoor recreation, they are historic, or will be demolished to create open space. We cannot help you buy contaminated land unless it is cleaned up to the Department's satisfaction. Once acquired, the land can be used for “passive” recreation (such as walking, hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, birdwatching, nature observation, boating, picknicking, fishing and hunting), “active” recreation (such as playgrounds, athletic fields, outdoor basketball and tennis courts, outdoor swimming pools, outdoor skate parks and outdoor ice rinks) or conservation (such as nature preserves and arboretums.)."
Thomas Sanquini April 20, 2014 at 02:33 PM
These politicians must want to build a bathroom so badly because they're all so full of it.
Jersey Shore Grinch April 20, 2014 at 04:10 PM
This article indicates that the down payment will be open space funds. There is a mistaken belief by some that open space money is somehow free money. Not even close. You pay it as part of your property tax bill. So, any money that does not come from a grant we ultimately pay for. How can anyone in this economy justify spending tax money on toilets?
Jersey Shore Grinch April 20, 2014 at 04:14 PM
I'd also like to hear what the council geniuses envision as "additional uses" for the property. Who buys property first and then determines a use later? Nobody that stays in business for certain but then again, government doesn't have to turn a profit, does it? They can just continue to bleed the citizen shareholders with foolhardy projects.


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