Bayview Park Gets ‘Best Of 2017’ Nod in SJ Magazine

Commissioners Also RecoCommissioners Also Recognize Township Residents, Discuss Upcoming Referendum Questions
Sep 13, 2017
Photo by: Ryan Morrill Bayview Park was host to many summertime activities, including seining with Alliance for a Living Ocean.

Long Beach Township’s Bayview Park, in the municipality’s Brant Beach section, has been recognized as the top spot for family fun on the bay by SJ Magazine. The publication released its “2017 Best of SJ: The Shore” list in its recent issue, available online at sjmagazine.net.

“We didn’t know it was possible to pack this much fun into one location, but Bayview Park has done it,” the guide notes. “They’ve got storytimes, concerts, beach workouts, magic shows, family crafts and so much more happening all summer long. And it’s all free!”

Township Commissioner Ralph Bayard announced the honor at Monday’s board meeting, and he and Commissioner Lattanzi, serving as deputy mayor in the absence of Mayor Joseph Mancini, congratulated Bayview Park Director Joni Bakum and Watersports Manager Jack Bushko for the nod.

The park “is their adopted child,” Lattanzi said with a laugh.

“Joni and Jack work really hard over there,” Bayard remarked. “The park has been very successful, and we get a lot of compliments about it. The attendance for the summer concerts was fantastic.”

“Bayview Park is just tremendous,” Bill Hutson, of Holgate, said during the meeting’s public session.

Bakum pointed out that Bayview Park is host to the annual LBI Triathlon/Duathlon this Sunday, Sept. 17. This year, the event is also part of the 2017 USA Triathlon Mid-Atlantic ParaTriathlon race series.

Registration is available online, at dqevents.com, or at the park on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. or Sunday from 6 to 7 a.m.

Also during Monday’s meeting, Lattanzi presented longtime resident Georgene Hartmann with a “Woman of Achievement” proclamation to “recognize and celebrate (her) significant contributions, achievements and civic dedication” to the community.

Hartmann grew up in Philadelphia and summered in Beach Haven Crest, then moved to the Island full-time after meeting and marrying James Hartmann, a township police officer who later became the police chief. The couple raised their children James, Victoria and Heidi on LBI.

Georgene worked as a subsitute teacher in the Southern Regional School District before accepting a full-time position as a forensic scientist with the New Jersey State Police, a job she held from 1990 until her retirement in 2003.

“Throughout her life,” the proclamation reads, “Georgene Hartmann has taken an active role in the lives of children in the township and all of Long Beach Island, serving a total of 22 years on the Long Beach Island Consolidated School District Board of Education, where she continues to serve today.”

Hartmann extended her “sincerest thanks” to the township mayor and commissioners for the honor, and offered gratitude as well to her family, and to the voters.

The township also acknowledged Charles “Chuck” Perfator, president of the North Beach Taxpayers Assocation, with a proclamation. As a longtime member of the group, and the president for several years, “Chuck has made a concerted effort to strengthen and improve the communication between the North Beach Taxpayers Association and the Township of Long Beach,” the declaration reads.

“Chuck has consistently coordinated with Long Beach Township officials regarding concerns that impact North Beach residents,” and was particularly helpful during Superstorm Sandy “in means of communication to and from township officials and fellow residents regarding the progress of recovery.” He has also worked to monitor the dune replenishment program in North Beach, the proclamation notes.

Perfator thanked the mayor and commissioners for the honor, and, in addition, for always responding when he has reached out for assistance on behalf of North Beach.

Lattanzi pointed out that, on Nov. 7, the township will ask taxpayers to vote on an open space conservation referendum question, which would increase the local property tax levy by 1 cent per hundred dollars of assessed value to establish an open space trust fund. The amount raised would be matched by the county.

The township will also again put out to voters a referendum question regarding the township’s ability to charge a nominal fee, if it becomes necessary, for the shuttle bus service, which is currently free.

Ridership was more than 100,000 this year, Lattanzi said of the buses, which will continue to run on weekends through Chowderfest.

“The program has been a huge success,” he noted, “but with success comes challenges,” including, in this case, the need for more and bigger buses.

The commissioner said funding for the buses is in place for the short term, but the referendum allows for a small fee if it at some point becomes a necessity.

Bayard announced that the Public Works yard in Beach Haven Crest will host a document shredding from 9 to 11 a.m. this Saturday, Sept. 16. No registration is needed. Limit is six boxes.

Household hazardous waste will be collected Sept. 23, also at the yard, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Preregistration is required. Visit longbeachtownship.com for more information.

As the meeting was held on Sept. 11, Lattanzi asked attendees for a moment of silence at the meeting’s start to remember those who perished on 9/11.

The next commissioners meeting will be held on Oct. 2 at 4 p.m., and will include a public hearing on Ordinance 17-31C, which would prohibit businesses from distributing single-use plastic carryout bags, and encourage the use of reusable bags.

As the ordinance explains, the board “believes it has a duty to investigate and implement any and all necessary and proper steps the township can take to protect the environment and the public health, welfare and safety.

Juliet Kaszas-Hoch

juliet@thesandpaper.net

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