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Point Pleasant Beach To Buy Storm-Struck Plot By Inlet

Point Beach's Council aims the buy a plot near the Manasquan Inlet, where this storm-damaged restaurant stands. Photo from Fusion Ecology Lab.
Point Beach's Council aims the buy a plot near the Manasquan Inlet, where this storm-damaged restaurant stands. Photo from Fusion Ecology Lab.
Point Pleasant Beach is close to buying 1 Ocean Avenue, a property with a restaurant and two homes severely damaged in Hurricane Sandy, for $475,000 from the bank that foreclosed on the land, which is across the street from the Manasquan Inlet.

Point Beach's Council unanimously approved the introduction of ordinances that would buy the property and then borrow funds to pay for the property.
Council members said the intent is to use the site for a visitor center and rest rooms, which would replace the old ones by the inlet that were lost to the October 2012 storm.

The initial source of the down payment of $23,000 could either come from the borough's capital improvement fund or open space funds.  The town is reviewing its options about which source would provide the most flexibility about how the land is used.

"It's 17 months after the storm and it remains the most unattractive place in town," said Council President William Mayer.

One resident suggested that the town simply condemn the property and force the bank into paying for tearing down the structures.  Also, the town's purchase of the site is taking a high-value property off the tax rolls, the resident said.

However, council members said they would have preferred that a private buyer acquire and rebuild on the site, but it simply hasn't happened.

"There are benefits to making the waterfront look nice," said Councilman Thomas Toohey.

The ordinance will have a final reading and public hearing on April 15, the next Council meeting.
FIMF the ll April 03, 2014 at 06:22 PM
And, you could get your shoes shined.
Jersey Shore Grinch April 03, 2014 at 07:00 PM
Mr. Happy: You're right. It is just a thought but a really dumb one at that. That ordinance is being passed at the next meeting and there is nothing you, me or the Pope can do to change that. That decision was made behind closed doors long before it was announced.
Mr. Happy April 04, 2014 at 07:51 AM
Wow grinchie, sounds like someone needs to get l@*d. Anyway, my point was to attend meetings, long before issues are brought up...
Jersey Shore Grinch April 05, 2014 at 11:18 AM
Sorry for the delay, Mr. Happy. I was busy making Mrs. Happy happy. Did you get a chance to head over to the LL Field this morning? Great time. A couple hundred of our children and grandchildren living it up as kids on opening day in America's past time. If we are going to do it, that's where we need to spend our money. On the youth of the community, not on the tourists who are here a day, a week, a month. Portable facilities or a block building where it stood for many years more than does the trick. We don't need a million dollar Crap Shack.
A Resident April 06, 2014 at 10:17 PM
I'll be at the next Council meeting....anyone else?

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