Boardwalk Biz May Have to Help Pay for Boardwalk Fix

Town may impose assessment fees on Jenkinson's and Risden's

In late summer of 2011,

During a break in the official activities of the day, the elder Vincent Storino, one of the Jenkinson's owners, shot a sour look at the battered boardwalk and complained, "The mayor, he never fixes the boardwalk."

When asked, "Whose responsibility is it to fix the boardwalk?" Storino replied, emphatically, "The town's."

Now the town is hoping to bang a chink in that assured answer, taking the first step in compelling the Storinos, owners of and Risden's, to help pay to fix a piece of the boardwalk damaged by tropical storm Irene a year ago, which actually prompted Christie's visit.

The governor had visited Point Beach to tell the public, "Get the hell back on the beach," after saying the opposite as Irene had approached the Jersey Shore.

On Tuesday night, the four councilmembers present, William Mayer, Michael Corbally, Stephen Reid and Bret Gordon, voted for first reading of an ordinance for $565,000 "to replace 400 feet of boardwalk north of the southerly intersection of Trenton Avenue and the boardwalk," according to the ordinance.

Mayor Vincent Barrella and councilmembers Kristine Tooker and Tim Lurie were absent.

The amount includes a down payment of $28,250 and a bond for the balance of $536,750.

The work would extend from the section of boardwalk in front of Lucky's North to Trenton, Mayer explained. The boardwalk is 16 feet wide in that section.

Mayer, who initiated the proposal, noted that because the repair and replacement would be for a section of the boardwalk damaged by Irene, FEMA would reimburse the town for 75 percent of the cost.

And, the plan goes, the town would split the remaining 25 percent of the cost with Jenkinson's and Risden's. The town would impose a share of the cost on the two boardwalk businesses through a special assessment after the work is completed, Mayer said.

"I think it's the first time the town has done this kind of special assessment," Mayer said. The businesses could pay in 60 days or over a 10-year period, he said.

Mayer said the town owns the boardwalk, but not the land under it.

He said he talked to the Storinos about the proposal, which would have them paying possibly as much as $53,675 of the overall cost.

"Did they like it? I don't know," Mayer said. "But I didn't get any real resistance. They know it's coming."

When contacted after the meeting, Marilou Halvorsen, Jenkinson's Director of Marketing, referred the call to Ed McGlynn, a Jenkinson's attorney.

Mayer said he had not had time to talk to Risden's about their "share," which may be nearly $17,000 for replacement of part of the boardwalk in front of their business.

Both companies will get certified letters about the proposal and the ordinance and assessments also have to be advertised in public notices, Mayer said.

The ordinance is up for second reading and adoption at the Sept. 18 council meeting. Then the town has to go through a bidding process, get the work done, then have a public hearing on the assessments, then "confirm" them through another council vote, impose them and collect them.

If the businesses do not pay, the town still has to pay the bill.

Reid noted that the replaced section of boardwalk will not go as far as

"So we'll have new boardwalk, then old boardwalk, then new boardwalk," Reid said. "Can't we just go a little further so this project meets the section we just fixed?"

Mayer said that he too had thought about that, but not quite in time for the engineer to design an expanded plan and get it incorporated into the proposed bond ordinance.

"We'll do that, but not this time," he replied to Reid. "The clock is ticking on this FEMA money. I think we have to have this done by next year."

Gordon agreed with Reid's overall concept, saying the town needs to have a long range plan for boardwalk maintenance and appropriate money annually to work on sections of the boardwalk.

"We need to put money into that line item every year," he said.

Mayer said the amount of $565,000 will probably be more than what's needed to do the job, but that it will cover the cost of repair, replacement, engineering and legal fees and leave a bit of a cushion just in case.

But, he said, the final cost will more likely be less, possibly around $550,000.

The ordinance states: "....The Borough will contribute 87.5 percent of the cost...and 12.5 percent shall be assessed and the estimated maximum amount of the special assessments for said improvement is $70,625 and such special assessment may be paid in ten annual installments."

The Sept. 18 meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at

z August 31, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I will agree that every leader running our town and all sides are and have been disingenuous for their own selfishness and reasons. Yes, it has lead to tax increases to the residents year after year. If everyone was a little more honest they could have been avoided. The residents have been and still is being represented last. There should be a balance and there is not. It is always about the businesses, the town workers, the police, never the residents that live here. We have to many individuals that don't even live here having more of a say then those that live in the town is absolutely absurd. If you don't live here any longer then you should have no say... go vote or straighten out your own town and that goes for those who only work here and live somewhere else. I find it funny these same individuals don't want an increase of taxes in their own town or they don't want the nonsense going on in their town but they have no problem thinking it is all right for us because they are getting something in return. It is flat out wrong and our representatives should be basing their decisions on what the people that live here want not what outsiders want.
blindbert August 31, 2012 at 02:02 PM
When many landowners want to incresae and change the usage of their property they have to go before a land use board. Many of those have to repair or replace infrastructure along their frontage and sometimes past it. Those repairs are conditions of the approval. Perhaps the town should look at it that way. There has been a lot of additions and increases to that area.
blindbert August 31, 2012 at 02:14 PM
The lakes provide for most all of the towns stormwater drainage. Therefore they are used to the townpeople in other ways than you think.
PPNB August 31, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Perhaps, he is 1 of the many that bike ,walk, and jog on that boardwalk year round.
PPNB August 31, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Fact Checker...Are those easements still taxed? Are they still part of the original Tax lots and taxed accordingly.?
blindbert September 01, 2012 at 04:43 AM
You can not even stick to the subject at hand. I did not attack you or try to assume your Id. I wrote just the facts of Land Use Law. Are you sure You do not want to give all my info on the patch. You have previously gave info and Denise spanked you and warned you that next time you would be suspended You my friend and your other MPD aliasese should be Pete Rosed from the Patch!!!
A Resident September 01, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Yes John, not that many years ago. Failure to remember history will lead to the same mistakes being made again. Why would there be consistency? I don't know, maybe following the laws/ordinances/etc. They are pretty consistent. Maybe following the towns own Master Plan? You know, those things that are written to help those new, inexperienced, council people..... I have no grudge. I just think it kind of silly that people on council forget the things that prior councils did. Of course, some on council won't know as they are new to town.
A Resident September 01, 2012 at 12:42 PM
P, what are you drinking? The boardwalk businesses bringing many students into the schools? Residences being built in their place would not bring kids into school? Wow, you have some interesting concepts.
Vince Barrella September 01, 2012 at 07:33 PM
I am assuming that Denise's recitation of her discussion with Mr. Storino which appears immediately below is accurate: "In late summer of 2011, a number of the Storino family members were on Jenkinson's Boardwalk, welcoming Gov. Christie to Point Pleasant Beach. During a break in the official activities of the day, the elder Vincent Storino, one of the Jenkinson's owners, shot a sour look at the battered boardwalk and complained, "The mayor, he never fixes the boardwalk." When asked, "Whose responsibility is it to fix the boardwalk?" Storino replied, emphatically, "The town's." I find Mr. Storino's comments to be disappointing. My cell phone number is on the town's website and I can be easily contacted through the clerk or administrator's office. I have been more than willing to meet with representatives of those businesses located on the boardwalk during my tenure as Mayor, and I am still willing to do so. Let's not forget it is those businesses and the State that benefit financially from the boardwalk and most of those who enjoy the boardwalk are not from PPB. While Mr. Storino would like me to fix the boardwalk, what he really is saying is that he wants the taxpayers of PPB to foot the bill for those repairs. I for one believe that the repair of the boardwalk provides the perfect opportunity for a private/public partnership.
Vince Barrella September 01, 2012 at 07:38 PM
That private/public partnership should also have the State bear a substantial portion of the cost of rehabilitation as it benefits from the lion's share of the tax revenue produced by the boardwalk and it is an asset that serves more out-of-town visitors than residents of PPB. That having been said, I believe it is inappropriate to try to force a contribution through a special assessment without first discussing the proper apportionment of the cost of repairs with those businesses and the State, especially since the amount that will be raised is deminimus when one considers the overall cost of boardwalk repairs.
ppb1955 September 01, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Vince Barrella You have no concept of running a business let alone a town the has been tourist friendly for almost 100 years.In your quest to penalize the boardwalk owners with the 12 oclock threat you put all the other bar and restaurants in town in a very bad position. You also complain about the downtown becoming to busy and not enough parking. Vince you also never have anything positive to say about PPB inthe press or on tv. You have not done anything for PPB other than divide the community.
Denise Di Stephan (Editor) September 02, 2012 at 02:08 AM
ppb1955: stop trying to guess readers' identities and throwing around unsubstantiated accusations and insults. One of your comments has been deleted. This is your final warning before your account is suspended.
mattmurphy September 02, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Denise, there are many posters on Patch who should be issued warnings for trying to guess identities and throwing around unsubstantiated accusations and insults, as you put it. Yet, you seem to pick and choose who you issue those warnings to. The rules should apply to all not a select few. How unfortunate!
p September 02, 2012 at 01:27 PM
mattmurphy, Huh....You know how many times I read your own insults, accusations and guessing id's that you don't even get right. I just could not let it go, I had to comment. They are not even close to who you think they are to boot. Maybe? Just this time Denise should follow your own advise and suspend your account and all the other identities you go under. You are a very bossy person.
p September 02, 2012 at 01:52 PM
ppb 1955, What experience and concepts do you have? Do tell us.... Vince Barrella is an intelligent man who is a lawyer that teaches tax law and other pertinent information at Pace University. You could only wish to have a quarter of his brains. Most towns would love to have a man with this much knowledge representing them. Not in this town being it is filled with to many who have special interest, greed that is only thinking about themselves. Bravo...PPB!
ppb1955 September 02, 2012 at 09:29 PM
p Vince Barrella may be a lawyer and a professor and received a quality education. But i believe there is truth in the old saying those who teach teach and those who do do. And i am sorry to say Vince Barrella has done nothing for the town except ruin the reputation of PPB.
ppb1955 September 02, 2012 at 09:46 PM
p In your earlier post from Friday you mention about the waste in our school system how come Vince Barrela never mentions anything about fixing the waste and problems with the PPB schools. Once again i have to say he has not done anything positive for PPB. You are correct about the school system maybe you can speak with him about the issues. And i know Vince Barrella follows the patch I would like to see your response to p and their issues with the school system.
ppb1955 September 02, 2012 at 09:56 PM
p Vince Barrela may be an attorney and a professor .But for a man of his years he has no real accomplishments at all to speak of. Except for being the only mayor in ocean county to almost be recalled. So with that being said i believe there is truth in the old saying those who teach teach and those who do do.
Spooner September 02, 2012 at 10:25 PM
In this months "New Jersey" magazine in rating the top 100 high schools in New Jersey, PPB HS has gone from a 58 ranking in 2010, to a 78th ranking in 2012? https://www.box.com/s/7c300516930c32f71a8e
A Resident September 03, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Maybe cuz barrela has no control over the schools? Might want to address your questions to the board of ed....
Denise Di Stephan (Editor) September 03, 2012 at 03:21 AM
mattmurphy: I was responding to a specific complaint emailed to me. If you have specific complaints, please email me at denise.distephan@patch.com since it's extremely difficult for me to read every single comment on every single story, not to mention I am supposed to be off for the 3 day weekend. I am not purposely picking and choosing who to cite, just as I am not purposely picking and choosing who to ignore. It's just hard to keep up with. Feel free to contact me. Thank you.
p September 03, 2012 at 03:34 AM
AResident, I was responding to JD, I know one thing, I am not drinking the Kool-Aide that he/she is. Based on their scare tactic philosophy that we would be paying so much more in taxes if the boardwalk closed up tomorrow. By 50%? I highly doubt it, we would not have to pay for all the extra cost of the police and the cost that go with it. Maybe I did not explain myself correctly. No way did I think the businesses bring in many school kids. What I said or meant to say is, if you put condos, or large houses on the land we would receive more revenue in to the town. No, I don't think we would get a lot of children from them either. How many kids do we get now from the Ocean Avenue "boardwalk area" with all the condos and houses on the water front? Very few, most of the houses in that area are part-time seasonal residents who don't use the schools anyway. You know the ones who call us bennies. The one who have no say or rights. The full time residents are the ones who don't have a clue and should be thanking their lucky stars how much we pay towards the school and town that we don't use or drain the resources from either one. Basically the other point I was making if everyone was not so disingenuous that includes the BOE, Leaders in the school, police and town. The waste and unfair deals that are made that by the way does not benefit the kids or the residents. It is for everybody else but them. All the residents are forced to pay and have no control over the decisions.
p September 03, 2012 at 03:54 AM
AResident, By the way, it is not like I want the boardwalk to sell or close up. I was just using an example. I am kind of sick of reading all these comments on different threads who keep on claiming how much our taxes would go up if the boardwalk left. Don't they realize they would also lose all the crowds, less draining of resources that cost this town plenty. It would become a boring town. It can't always be one sided as it has been. You have to look at both sides to all these issues of this town.
Cathy Kelly September 03, 2012 at 03:56 AM
ppb1955,your post is hysterical,you say he was the only mayor to almost be recalled in Ocean County,Not only did he defeat the recall(which is almost impossible considering the amount of money spent on trying to make it happen,He was RE-Elected,,,,He has been the only one to fight against the status quo,yet the residents Re-elected him. So when you ask what has he done,he must be doing something right(this is not my opinion),it is fact.......It is sad that the Patch has turned into schoolyard gossip and how so many people that were genuinely interested in what happens in this town have stopped reading the comments because of the childish comments and the hiding behind fake names. It truly could have been a great news outlet but lets face it,if you are going to allow people to make comments without any accountability,all you wind up with is a gossip column.....
Cathy Kelly September 03, 2012 at 03:58 AM
By the way,everyone that is knocking our schools should be attending the BOE meetings,I believe they are once a month........
p September 03, 2012 at 04:12 AM
ppb1955, Why would Vince Barrella normally say anything to the schools? I was under the impression when he had his chance a few years back when the council had to decide on the budget passing. He did, he told them nicely to get their house in order. As the laws stand at this moment and the schools stay under the 2% cap they will not need permission from anyone, not even the voters. The full time residents who live here are the ones who should make the BOE and superintendent more accountable on the decisions that they make. NOT THAT THEY WILL LISTEN!
p September 03, 2012 at 04:52 AM
ppb1995, You continue to slam Vince Barrella, You claim it is no big deal to become a lawyer or professor. You don't think from a quality education that you will NOT become more knowledgeable. I don't know who you are? With that being said, I would not take your advise on anything you say. He has done nothing of the sort, it takes a lot more than one person to ruin a town's reputation. The town leaders have been ignoring and looked away one to many times on a lot of issues. It was way before Vince Barrella took the lead. If anything he is representing those who don't have much of a voice. Some have intentionally tried to discredit him because he informed the resident of what has really taking place in the town. That was a big mistake or a big No No to some. They don't want the residents to know anything. That is what is wrong with a lot of towns. They basically want to hide everything from the residents even though they should be representing you by informing us. A man of his year? What is that supposed to mean? Success measures different for everyone and age has nothing to do with it. Accomplishments to speak of? Listen to yourself? There is many here that are thankful for him and feels he has accomplish and done more than any Mayor that has lead this town. The only ones who should be embarrassed about the recall is some of the residents in the town itself. It should have never happened to begin with. It was a waste of time, money and energy. Barrella proved you all wrong.
p September 03, 2012 at 05:11 AM
Denise, I find it funny that mattmurphy is the one complaining about others. He/She is a fake and fraud who is doing the same thing go back and look at some of hiS/HER POSTS.
mattmurphy September 03, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Denise, Thanks for getting back to me. I hope you are able to enjoy at least part of the weekend.
s September 03, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Spooner, Do you know if they changed it just for PPB HS? At one time it was the top 75 schools, now it is top 100 high schools in NJ. Last year class was supposed to be the smart class according to so many. I can tell you this, the grades these kids are getting and what is given are not matching the results of the SAT's or any the other tests given. You have to stop giving grades that are not deserved no matter who wants them. Stop the favoritism and only looking at some kids in the extra-curriculum activities too. You might just be able to have the best teams and clubs too. Administrators, Teachers, Coaches need to start picking who truly deserves the spot or job, if they want to claim they are the best and who likes to separate themselves from all the other schools.


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