Point Beach Mayor: 'Forces Looking To Kill' Project To Restore Dunes, Beach

Point Pleasant Beach Mayor Vincent Barrella urged borough officials to show restraint in complaining to the federal government about post-Sandy dune and beach replenishment, saying he believes "there are forces looking to kill" efforts to improve the beachfront.

During Tuesday's council meeting, Barella noted the borough wants Point Beach property owners to sign easements for a project that is designed to create dunes to protect private and public property from the impact of future storms.

The borough's largest businesses, however, "have no intention of signing an easement," suggesting they have "powerful friends" who could somehow influence the federal government and other potential supporters to stop the replenishment project from happening.

Councilman Thomas Toohey and other officials considered sending a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers "expressing concerns" regarding the impact of the beach replenishment project on the Manasquan Inlet.

But Barrella once again urged restraint. "I don't want anything to get in its way," he said.
Vince Barrella February 19, 2014 at 09:10 PM
new2town: What information? That easements would not be forthcoming? How many times have I said that PPB is unique in that if you take the for profit privately owned and operated beaches you are diminishing capacity and there is a need for those beach owners/operators to be compensated. I have also said that this must fall on the State because the town really can't afford to do so. However, it goes beyond easements and compensation as some simply do not want any change.
Vince Barrella February 19, 2014 at 09:15 PM
Randle from New Jersey Avenue: "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" -- "Got it"
Rick Ricky February 20, 2014 at 08:59 PM
You are all a bunch of losers. The tax paying residents and the community is hurt by all you losers.


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