BEACH ACCESS PLANS MAY IRK RESIDENTS

sea-bright-bus-stopThis bus stop may be moved and improved if the borough gets the OK to widen the entrance/exit to the municipal parking lot. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Sea Bright officials are working on the first phase of planned improvements to the borough’s beachfront as required by the recent lawsuit settlement that will open up more public space along the beach.

The Sea Bright Smart Growth Committee has drawn up plans to re-stripe the municipal parking lot and possibly add a couple more spaces, widen the lot exit and move the recycling center.

That last one they don’t believe will sit well with some residents.

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BEACHGOERS PLEASED WITH SEA BRIGHT DEAL

sea-bright-beach-1More beaches in Sea Bright will be open to the public thanks to a lawsuit settlement reached last week. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

More than three years of legal battling against the borough and private beach clubs has resulted in a win for the public, say local beachgoers.

They will be able to use more space in front of six private Sea Bright clubs as a result of a settlement in the state Superior Court last Wednesday. According to a prior agreement, the average visitor was only allowed to lay down a towel or chair within a 15-stretch along the waterline in front of the clubs. Now the space is 150 feet.

It may be hard to find anyone from the public who’s going to complain about that, considering the issue has long been a bone of contention within the borough.

“I’m all in favor for it,” said Maryanne Maletto, of Red Bank.

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