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Belmar Council To Decide Facets of Boardwalk Redevelopment

Temporary buildings on beachfront, boardwalk lumber and more on agenda

Belmar Council will meet tonight to discuss several parts of a widespread rebuilding plan for the borough's boardwalk, sewer, library and more.

The borough does not expect to rebuild its Hurricane-Sandy destroyed concessions and pavilions on its boardwalk in time for Memorial Day, officials said previously. Tonight's meeting will decide whether to advertise for sealed bids for temporary beachfront structures.

The structures, which could resemble concession trailers, would be in place for summer 2013 as the borough decides how to rebuild permanent facilities.

The mayor and council will also discuss base flood elevation heights for Belmar, and whether to reject all bids for boardwalk lumber. An original plan to use rainforest timber (ipe wood) may be scrapped after pressure from environmental groups.

Whether Belmar qualifies as an "area in need of rehabilitation," a designation overseen by the state Department of Community Affairs, is up for discussion. A resoultion, if approved, would "investigate further assist in the recovery from the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy by determining whether certain property as defined herein constitute an area in need of redevelopment."

The resolution allows the Belmar Planning Board to conduct an investigation and determine whether the area within the Borough bordered to the north by the northern edge of the roadbed of Second Avenue; to the south by Lake Como; to the east by the Atlantic Ocean; and to the west by the westerly edge of the roadbed of Ocean Avenue.

Also on the agenda is progress on repairing the borough library, with resolutions going to bid for elavator work and stairs, and also a new roof at the Third Avenue garage, the 13th Avenue garage and Union Fire House.

The borough council meeting will begin 6 p.m. with council workshop discussion in Borough Hall.

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jenni January 16, 2013 at 02:08 PM
Please don't let the Sierra Club bully you into using plastic for the boardwalk. It warps, it burns feet and it's plastic! Ipe is certified and cultivated. Rainforest is not destructed. Years ago that was the case when an entire acre of forest would be taken down for two ipe. No more. Please reconsider. Now is not the time to allow bullying to determine the beauty and durability of the shore.
jerseyswamps January 16, 2013 at 03:05 PM
I agree. I was going to donate to the rebuilding. One of the higher levels. But not for a plastic boardwalk. The stuff also sags. You need more support underneath. More wood, more expense.
Mark Richert January 16, 2013 at 10:32 PM
If you really want a boardwalk with visitors, put in bicycle lanes, and at least one light to control traffic turning right and left on Ocean Ave. Belmar really needs bicycle safe routes to the beach, it stinks that local kids and adults are afraid to pedal in the summer, never mind the off-season.
charlie January 17, 2013 at 01:27 PM
I agree with safe passage through Belmar on a bike. And the idiots who thunk of the arches remodel, made it more narrow for bikers and joggers and made a damn for Lake Como which caused the destruction of many houses during the storm. As for the boardwalk, it will be a temporary fix.
Brendan Reilly January 17, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Never mind the type of boardwalk, is Belmar the new Goldman giving the contractor a $100,000 bonus to compltete the job on time. We should all be so lucky to have a contract from this town. Is the Bonus covered under FIMA ? How many othe Twons inclueded a Bonus in there bids/contracts ?
Claire January 17, 2013 at 11:34 PM
Great idea. I've witnessed cyclists fly in the air as they meet a car backing out. Bikes are what the shoreline should welcome.
Dame Bridgid January 18, 2013 at 07:46 PM
I would like to see Belmar able to carry out their original plans for using an ethically harvested wood product without an ill informed knee jerk reaction from the local branch of The Sierra Club too. Could the New Jersey Environmental Agency help Belmar avoid obstructionism from this activist? Could challenge & delay be avoided by certifying the materials with state regulators? Governor Christie's staff might have a suggestion on a way to expedite that.

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