Beach Haven Revitalization Group Outlines Goals for 2018

Dec 13, 2017

The new year plans to be a very busy one for the Beach Haven Economic Revitalization Team, which was formed earlier this year to seek solutions for business growth in the borough.

Councilman Donald Kakstis, who heads up the 11-member group, said the 2018 agenda will involve inviting various chambers of commerce and business and nonprofit organizations to help plan events and activities, improve communications and prioritize public/private partnership community improvement projects.

Kakstis said another goal is to prioritize and implement recommendations of the Beach Haven Master Plan such as reducing nuisance flooding, building streetscape improvements to the business district and making park improvements.

Other goals include establishing economic redevelopment zones in the business and maritime commercial districts.

“Because of higher property values that would be realized in these two districts, there will be a significant intermediate and long term higher tax revenues from these properties, reducing the tax burden of homeowners,” said Kakstis. “It enables Beach Haven to be proactive in reducing the number of empty stores and vacant lots while being selective in the type of project/business that would receive consideration. This will enhance the attractiveness of these districts and through the use of short term tax abatements and a relaxation of zoning requirements would provide a greater financial return to interest investors.” 

During the public portion of Monday’s council meeting, Barb Cona, vice president of the Beach Haven Chamber of Commerce, said it is important for organizations “to pull together.”

“You might need a professional to come in and serve as a coordinator,” she said.

Cona also said Beach Haven does not need to participate with other towns.

“We need to worry about ourselves,” she said. “Beach Haven is different from the other towns. Most people who come to the Island are going to want to visit Beach Haven because of all we have to offer.”   

Local developer William Burris said the borough needs to have more units available for employee housing.

“A lot of employers are having a difficult time getting people because they’re not able to live in Beach Haven,” he said. 

— Eric Englund


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