Long Beach Township Swears In New Police Chief
There’s a new chief in town. On Thursday, Sept. 15, Long Beach Township swore in Anthony Deely to serve as chief of the municipality’s police department. Deely assumes the position following the retirement of Michael Bradley.
Mayor Joseph Mancini and Commissioner Joseph Lattanzi spoke following the swearing in – during the township’s Board of Commissioners meeting – about working closely with both Deely and Bradley after Superstorm Sandy in 2012. “There was a lot of chaos” post storm, said Lattanzi, “and Tony and Mike were phenomenal through that. They performed admirably. … There’s no plaque for that, but we know in our hearts what they did.”
Mancini said he considers Bradley a friend, and deemed him “a good resident, a good neighbor … and a fabulous chief,” as well as “a great tutor” to Deely and the department’s other officers.
“I had the great opportunity to work under Chief Bradley,” Deely remarked after the ceremony, for which his fiancée, Paula Robinson, was by his side. He also thanked his parents, and the other officers he served alongside both in Beach Haven, where he started his career, and in the township. “I’m proud to say I’ve been with this department for 24 years, and I’ve enjoyed every part of it,” he stated.
Earlier that afternoon, during the caucus held prior to the regular meeting, Holgate Taxpayers Association President Dan Macone said a number of residents on the south end want to see dune fencing installed along the beach entrances to ensure no one treads on the newly built dunes.
The mayor said dune grass will be planted in November, and signs reminding people to keep off the dunes will be erected as well; he believes this will keep people out of those areas. However, the officials did agree to revisit the idea of installing fencing.
Also in caucus, Township Administrator Kyle Ominski explained that beachfill contractor Great Lakes Dock and Dredge Co.’s larger Liberty Island dredge was scheduled to depart LBI on Sunday for another project, while the Dodge Island and Padre Island dredges continue operations in the section of the township from Nebraska Avenue in Beach Haven Park to 46th Street in Brant Beach.
The repump was originally slated to stop around 57th Street in Brant Beach, but has been extended “into southern Brant Beach by about 2,000 feet in order to taper/tie into the rest of the work,” said Steve Rochette, public affairs officer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the federal sponsor of the project.
Following the completion of replenishment in this area, operations will move to Ship Bottom.
Project updates are available online at www.nap.usace.army.mil.
During the regular meeting, Commissioner Ralph Bayard announced that a document shred day will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, on Taylor Avenue in Beach Haven.
Meanwhile Lattanzi, in response to what he said are questions about the township’s finances from three challengers – Don Myers, Danielle Hagler and Tom Beaty – to the commission seats this fall, pointed out that the municipality’s tax rate is the second lowest on LBI, after Barnegat Light.
The high school comprises much of the township budget, he added, in addition to employee salaries and increases in healthcare costs.
Additionally, Lattanzi noted, “We’ve never had any problems with audits. … We run an extremely tight ship here.”
Mancini pointed out that he has “a total open door policy” and encourages residents to stop by and speak to him about any issues.
During the public comment segment of the meeting, Joni Bakum, director of Bayview Park, thanked the department of public works, the police, the beach patrol and the township officials for “the really good summer over at Bayview Park.”
“It’s a team effort, and that all comes from the leadership.”
Bill Hutson of Beach Haven Inlet concurred, noting, “I feel you guys have done a great job.”
Township resident Marge Remolde said she is “really grateful” that the township offered a John Deere Gator utility vehicle for transportation to the beach through the summer for individuals requiring assistance following the replenishment. Remolde said all the drivers were very courteous and helpful. “I certainly appreciate” the service, she said.
Finally, Donn O’Brien mentioned that there is a plan in the works to help save Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven.
The next meeting of the Board of Commissioners is scheduled for 4 p.m. Oct. 3.
— Juliet Kaszas-Hoch