Borough facilities could be in for a wholesale upgrade, with this beachfront parking lot playing a starring role.
By LINDA G. RASTELLI
Sea Bright’s public buildings don’t exactly show the tiny seaside borough in the best light.
Scattered along a quarter-mile stretch of Ocean Avenue, they constitute a ragtag bunch, from the cramped, stuccoed Municipal Building complete with a wheeled trailer that serves as the borough court office to a beach management and ticket office at the the north end that’s not even worth renovating, officials say.
Millions of dollars need to be spent to upgrade or replace aging infrastructure; that is unanimously accepted by members of the borough council. “We all agree on what we need,” says Susana Markson, the newest council member. The question is how best to do it.
Well, they’re working on an answer, and last week, the governing body unveiled rough, preliminary plans for a new borough hall, police station, skate park, seasonal pool club, public works building and boardwalk, most of it concentrated on a 15-acre parcel that serves as the town’s gateway to the Atlantic Ocean.
A cost estimate, however, is still months away, Mayor Maria Fernandes said earlier this week.