Long Beach Township Dedicates ‘Kopenhaver Promenade’ in Brant Beach

Aug 29, 2018
Photo by: Ryan Morrill

A large group of residents joined Long Beach Township officials last Friday along the median ribbon of land that runs parallel to the east of Long Beach Boulevard between 39th and 44th streets in Brant Beach – an area that now boasts pavers, lamp posts and Bartlett pear trees. Mayor Joseph Mancini led a ceremony and unveiled a sign to designate the expanse the “Kopenhaver Promenade,” in honor of Brant Beach resident Gregory Kopenhaver.

“Greg has been after us since Superstorm Sandy to beautify the railroad inserts in the township, and to build a promenade,” Mancini said Monday. “Because of his persistence, we got it done.”

“I am persistent,” Kopenhaver agreed, with a chuckle. “I was bothering them all the time.”

Kopenhaver and his wife, Trudy, live across Long Beach Boulevard from the promenade, on the bayside, and he and his son own the nearby building along the Boulevard that houses Shore Brake Cyclery.

Now, coming and going from their home, the Kopenhavers can see the fruits of Greg’s efforts.

Locals and visitors, too, have been pleased with the beautification, as both Mancini and Kopenhaver attested. “The community has been very supportive of the endeavor,” said Kopenhaver. “We’ve had a great response. Everyone’s been really happy with it, and we like when everyone is happy.”

And Kopenhaver himself was happy to see all the friends and neighbors who attended the dedication event last week. “We had quite a turnout,” he noted.

Down the road – literally and figuratively – the municipality wants to similarly beautify its other two medians, one farther south in Brant Beach and the other in Brighton Beach. —J.K.-H.

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