Improvement Projects Take Shape in Long Beach Township as Memorial Day Draws Near

A Beautified Median and an Oceanside Pavilion in the Works
May 02, 2018

As the calendar turns to May, temperatures are climbing, roads are growing busier, and the local communities are readying for the summer season. In Long Beach Township, among the usual springtime preparation, crews also are working to finish two projects to improve and beautify the municipality.

Along the median strip that runs parallel to the east of Long Beach Boulevard between 39th and 44th streets in Brant Beach the township is installing pavers, Bartlett pear trees and lamp posts, “the same as ones in Ship Bottom for some nice continuity,” said township Mayor Joseph Mancini.

“We want to make that area – the old railroad station – more attractive,” he explained.

Greg Kopenhaver of Brant Beach first proposed the beautification project a few years ago, and the township moved ahead with the plan earlier this spring.

The mayor said the municipality had received only positive feedback to the project, but did address what was posed as a possible concern people might have about removing grass in favor of pavers. The thin grass median, he said, “was not an effective flood control area, and the existing storm sewers do their job. This will not make any nearby properties any more flood prone.” He also foresees less animal waste accumulating and flowing into the storm drains during rainstorms.

As Township Administrator Kyle Ominski pointed out, the public works crew and hired paver and electrical contractors “are moving fast,” and hopefully the project will be complete by Memorial Day.

Down the road – literally and figuratively – the municipality wants to similiarly beautify its other two medians, one farther south in Brant Beach and the other in Brighton Beach.

Also currently underway in the township is a brand-new wooden pavilion atop the dunes at 68th Street in Brant Beach, up the street from town hall. Two months ago the municipality began work to rebuild its walkway and observation deck there, which was moved a little more than 100 feet east, and started construction on the pavilion to offer people an even closer view of the ocean.

“It’s a beauty,” Mancini observed.

“And it’s really great for seniors and individuals with disabilities,” Ominski said of the ADA-compliant structure.

The pavilion should be done in about two weeks, weather permitting, and will be the perfect spot to listen to the band Facedown perform on the beach on Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. from June 24 to Sept. 2.

Mancini also noted that the dog park outside town hall has new engineered wood chips, and its courts, as well as Bayview Park across the Boulevard, are ready for visitors. As the mayor remarked, “We’re full speed ahead for the upcoming season.”  —J.K.H.

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