Holly Lake Condo Community Raising Money to Repair Dam Spillway
A condominium association in Little Egg Harbor is reaching out to save Holly Lake, a 10-acre freshwater lake whose spillway was possibly damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012 with subsequent damage by winter Storm Jonas in 2016.
The spillway runs under Great Bay Boulevard in the portion that is owned by Little Egg Harbor Township and empties into the lagoon community of Holly Lake.
When the ground around the spillway eroded in the spring of 2016, the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection mandated the homeowners association to drain the lake and hire a company to remove the fish.
Holly Lake is co-owned by the Holly Lake Park condominium and Holly Lake single-family homes, but the spillway is situated on property belonging to the condominium association. The DEP has ordered that the spillway be repaired as soon as possible and has assigned that responsibility to Holly Lake Park, a small community of 53 condos, said acting HOA President Bari Page. The condominium owners have spent over $50,000 on engineering fees, including $9,000 to hire a company to remove the small and large mouth bass, pickerel and sunfish and relocate them in Lake Pohatcong in Tuckerton, said Page. The spillway repair is projected to cost $108,000.
“Holly Lake Park does not have the financial resources at this time to complete the repair, and there are no Sandy funds or other government grants available,” she said.
Although Little Egg Harbor owns the road and the pipes under the road, “They are not helping us at all,” said Page on Monday.
Many people who belong to the HOA cannot afford the possible $2,000 assessment they might have to pay if they can’t raise the money, she added.
So in an effort to meet the DEP’s time constraints, the condominium association is reaching out to the greater community to help repair the spillway and restore the lake to its former beauty and recreational purpose.
“We are launching the program tomorrow by sending out direct-mail letters to businesses and area residents, and we look forward to welcoming back the swans, turtles, egrets, heron and fish that coexisted at Holly Lake for longer than anyone can remember,” she said.
Donations can be made by check payable to “Save Holly Lake,” P.O. Box 620, Little Egg Harbor, N.J. 08087.
A GoFundMe page – savehollylake.com – is also set up to receive donations.
The Holly Lake Park Condominium HOA is a nonprofit corporation. —P.J.