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Furor From Councilman Over Blocked Boat Ramp

Mayor, councilman disagree on Glenwood Place ramp closure

Boaters are no longer able to launch their vessels from trailers at the Glenwood Place boat ramp, a move that has angered one township councilman.

The mud ramp at the relatively secluded end of Glenwood Place – a street off Mantoloking Road – has served as a free launching place into the Metedeconk River for decades, but is now blocked off by a guardrail.

Closing the ramp was an "asinine" and "ludicrous" thing for the township's administration to do, Councilman Dan Toth said this week.

"To take away a public access point is a slap in the face to the taxpayers and the residents of this town because we are such a waterfront community," said Toth, adding that members of his family own a good deal of the property around the ramp and have never been bothered by people using it.

Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis said the closure came after multiple complaints from neighboring residents and marina owners, who told township officials that boaters were urinating and defecating in the grass adjacent to the ramp and ignoring a No Wake zone from the ramp to the main channel of the Metedeconk to the east.

"Nobody living across from that boat ramp should have to see people squatting to go to the bathroom," said Acropolis, adding that there were also complaints about garbage being dumped near the ramp as well as people "coming in and out at all hours."

"The town just doesn't go out and do things for no reason," he said. "Nobody went by there one day and said, 'hey let's close this boat ramp.' But you cannot legislate good behavior."

Toth said he also took issue with a sign being erected at the site directing boaters to use the ramp at Traders Cove Marina, which carries a fee for users.

"People are hurting, and we're taking away public access points for them to enjoy the water," he said.

The daily ramp fee at Traders Cove is $10 for a "round trip" pass, which entitles a boater to launch and retrieve a boat. A season ramp pass is available for $100.

For boaters looking for no-cost alternatives, a free ramp is available off Beach Boulevard in Point Pleasant Borough, just south of the New Jersey State Police barracks near the Lovelandtown Bridge. Boats there are launched into the Point Pleasant Canal.

There is also a free, sand-covered launch area at the end of Bay Avenue in Point Boro, where boats can be launched into Barnegat Bay, though parking there is limited.

Lori Morrison July 19, 2012 at 08:02 PM
wookfish, Hose is placed into the water and the nozzle is attached to the pumper and fed through to the fire line. The closer to the water supply you are, the better the intake pressure to fill the tank. The truck then went to the fire scene and when the tank was empty they returned to the draft site for more water. Before we had hydrants, where did you think the water came from, the water fairy?
lakerivdave July 22, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Great Idea !! I just signed it and I also volunteer to police the ramp for litter. Although it never appeared to be too messy to me.. Could a "crony" have idea's of developing that comercial property for sale there and closing this ramp would help with those plans? Not paranoid, just asking? KEEP IT FREE.
Matt July 24, 2012 at 09:34 PM
I have created a petition using signon.org to get the ramp reopened. http://signon.org/sign/reopen-the-glenwood-place?source=c.em.mt&r_by=276627 Please sign, email friends, post to facebook... Get the word out.
Sean Conneamhe August 04, 2012 at 03:53 AM
"There is no such thing as a free launch."
Andy Pat August 27, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Is it possible that Sholty's IBS is backing up and causing the diarrhea that endlessly flows from his mouth? His posts tend to be the most distasteful.

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