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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.
Sean Conneamhe February 19, 2014 at 04:02 AM
"Restore the dunes..."
Mortimer Snerd February 19, 2014 at 08:09 AM
"Powerful friends" = Christie and his cronies?
pd February 19, 2014 at 11:24 AM
Restoring the dunes and adding dunes where there previously were none are two different things. The mayor has chosen his words very carefully to disguise and belittle the actual concerns of the property owners.
Vince Barrella February 19, 2014 at 11:31 AM
I was speaking directly to the ACE dune replenishment project. There was no careful choice of words. If PD would care to elaborate as to what "actual concerns of the property owners" I sought to "disguise and belittle," I would be appreciative if he or she would elaborate.
Randle McMurphy February 19, 2014 at 01:55 PM
BEWARE, BEWARE, of the evil forces lurking in the shadows. Careful Mayor maybe these powerful forces will contact their friends in the C.I.A. Be careful of that cup of coffee from John and Elaine's ,watch out for that mysterious car circling the block. Will they kidnap me ? are they communists? Your conspiracies and the innuendos never end .
Laura February 19, 2014 at 06:13 PM
It doesn't seem to be the Mayor who sees conspiracies.
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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