Congratulations to Sherri Enderson Ensor, who was named Teacher of The Year at Hugh J. Boyd, Jr. Elementary School in Seaside Heights for the 2015/2016 school year.
The Board of Chosen Freeholders in Ocean County have pledged to save the sacred Dentzel and Looff Carousel in Seaside Heights, and thus expand the Casino Pier in an expanded version of the Seaside Heights and swap deal to be discussed March 22nd.
In an attempt to save more open space in the land deal between The Borough of Seaside Heights and the Storino family, owners of the Casino Pier in Seaside Heights, Ocean County officials will vow not to develop about 7 acres of land near the Winding River Park in Toms River that it acquired, it was said by Freehold John Bartlett.
The land swap in Seaside Heights originally traded just over an acre of beach at Sherman Avenue to double the pier to include a roller coaster and a huge Ferris Wheel for a smaller lot along the Boardwalk between Carteret and Sampson Avenues. The original part of the pier went out into the ocean and was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy, thus the iconic picture of the roller coaster in ocean. In the swap, the 1910 carousel would be deeded to The Borough, to be used as a centerpiece of a future, planned museum.
Under DEP rules, at least 4 acres of open space must be preserved. The Toms River Township area would exceed, and nearly double the requirement.
Public discussion of the matter will occur on 3/22 at 6 p.m. at the George E. Tompkins Municipal Complex Annex, above the Firehouse, 116 Sherman Avenue, Seaside Heights.
A public comments hearing regarding the proposed beach land swap that would ultimately lead to the doubling, and a $40 million investment in Casino Pier, will be held March 22nd at 6 p.m. in the Annex Courtroom, above the Seaside Heights Firehouse, 116 Sherman Avenue, The George Tompkins Municipal Complex.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will take public and written comments to the proposed land swap between the Borough of Seaside Heights and The Storino Family, owners of Casino Pier. The Borough would be trading the little used beach between Sherman and Sheridan Avenue for land along the oceanfront, facing the boardwalk, between Carteret and Sampson Avenues, the old Pleasure Island property.
At the crux of the issue is the salvation of the sacred 1910 Dentzel and Loof carousel, which is part of the trade, and would be housed in a proposed building to be located at the newly ascertained property. The Carousel is seen as the symbol of the Borough, and its loss would be crippling, as attested when the carousel was planned to be dismantled and sold at auction in the Summer of 2014.
If Casino Pier was to expand, plans are to add a giant Ferris Wheel large enough to continue to regain the skyline of Seaside Heights in the amusement arena, and a large roller coaster to symbolically replace the roller coaster in the ocean, lost to Hurricane Sandy.
According to Borough Administrator Christopher J. Vaz, The DEP requires two hearings.
The Borough Mayor and Council and business community are for the project, which is seen as a vital step in the re-development of the Borough in the wake of Sandy and the 2013 fire. There were some opponents from the public.
People can send written comments to New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Green Acres Program, Bureau of Legal Services and Stewardship, Mail code 501-01, 501 East State Street, P.O. Box 420, Trenton, NJ 08625-0420 and give a copy to Christopher J. Vaz, Seaside Heights Borough Administrator.
The long-sought marina property along the bay front at about Carteret and Sampson and Avenues may become a reality to the Borough of Seaside Heights, thanks to some creative finance.
In combination with a Green Acres grant, and as explained by Borough Administrator Christopher J. Vaz, a “utility” will be created to run the marina, to make it affordable to the Borough and out of its bond limit capacity. It’s complicated, but it should make the profitable marina property work.
The marina is the only property that the Borough does not own along its bay front. The marina has not only boat slips, but also a restaurant and other leases that make money.
The Borough has been on and off for years in negotiations to buy the marina.