SEA BRIGHT MOVES MEETING TO THE BASIE

The mayor and council of Sea Bright took to the stage of the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank Monday night to accommodate a crowd that would not have fit into the town’s borough hall. (Photo by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

By WIL FULTON

It was anything but business as usual for Sea Bright residents as they gathered for their borough council’s bimonthly  meeting Monday night.

Stoked by concerns that their homes and businesses might not be rebuilt in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy’s extensive damage, dozens filled seats near the stage at Red Bank’s Count Basie Theatre to pepper elected officials with questions about everything from stray transformers to the fate of their town.

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SEA BRIGHT: MERCHANTS PLAN NEW STARTS

Cono Trezza in his newly built pizzeria last February, and as it appeared five days after the storm, below. (Photo below by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

By WIL FULTON

For owners of Sea Bright businesses damaged by Hurricane Sandy, the rebuilding process has just begun. As they assess the damages and take steps toward the recovery of their livelihoods, each has his or her own distinct post-Sandy tale to tell. redbankgreen spoke to four of them this week about their plans in the aftermath of the cataclysmic events that ravaged through their beach community. Here are their stories.

Sea Bright Pizza:
Cono Trezza faces an uphill battle, like most property owners in Sea Bright, though he is meeting it with spirit and vigor that some might find surprising, given the state of his business.

“I want to get back as soon as possible,” Trezza said. “If my ovens were working right now I’d start cooking pizzas for everyone that’s out here.”

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SEA BRIGHT: MOVING ‘MOUNT SANDY’

Bulldozers redistributing sand recovered from the streets of Sea Bright on the borough beach Wednesday morning. Below, contractor Mike Stavola with Governor Chris Christie last week. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

It’s been dubbed ‘Mount Sandy,’ and in its enormity, it looms as one of many reminders of the woes inflicted on Sea Bright by Hurricane Sandy on October 29.

We’re talking about a pile of sand so wide and tall – upwards of 60 feet, says the contractor who built it – that it blocks the view of the ocean from nearly any spot in the municipal beach parking lot.

But the sandpile also stands as a gritty reminder of the rapid progress being made in restoring out the town, while prompting questions about the future of the beaches.

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DOCK PLAN MAKES WAVES IN FAIR HAVEN

scire-dock-2-112911A Hance Road homeowner hopes to nearly double the length of his Navesink River dock, above. An engineer’s plan, below, details the additional length, as well as the boat lifts and jet-ski port that would be added. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

scire-dock-112911A proposal for a private dock extension that would nearly double the length of an existing Fair Haven pier is in the crosshairs of at least two environment watchdogs.

Documents filed with the state Department of Environmental Protection show that homeowner Pat Scire plans to build an 82-foot-long, 8-foot-wide floating-dock extension at 1 Hance Road. The new structure would be flanked by a pair of boatlifts and a  jet-ski port.

In addition, Scire proposes to rebuild 354 linear feet of bulkheading.

While they support the bulkhead plan as necessary to combat erosion, Ralph Wyndrum and Richard Huff, chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the borough environmental commission say the dock raises safety and other issues.

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POND DREDGING SLATED TO BEGIN TODAY

pomphreys-pondHeavy machinery on-scene at Pomphrey’s Pond yesterday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Something to be filed in the skinny folder labeled “On-Time Promises From Government?”

When a state Department of Environmental Protection rep came to Rumson in July and promised frustrated residents the agency would be back in September to dredge a needed-to-be-dredged pond, it might have been taken as a brush-off.

But the DEP is there, on the exact day local officials said it would be, ready to dredge Pomphrey’s Pond.

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COURT ORDERS MORE BEACH ACCESS AT CLUB

sb-beach-club-071110The club was the last holdout defendant in a lawsuit dating back four years, and lost. (Click to enlarge)

A state Superior Court in Freehold has ordered the oceanfront Seabright Beach Club to give nonmembers access to more than 15 feet of beach above the tide line.

The state Department of Environmental Protection, which filed suit against the club, the borough and eight other private clubs in 2006, announced the ruling on Friday.

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