Tuckerton Seeks Dredge Spoil Site in Tuckerton Beach

Feb 01, 2019
Photo by: Pat Johnson The fabric tent at Sheltered Cove Marina will have green slats in the fence to mitigate its visual impact to the residents.

Tuckerton is looking for another dredge materials site in Tuckerton Beach for when the lagoons are dredged, said Tuckerton Councilman John Schwartz. The town is looking at the Noller property that lies between Flamingo Road and South Green Street.

Tuckerton Beach Association President Peter Gioiello said his group had held a meeting and had three concerns; the status of the dredging permits was one. Schwartz said he was working to find additional land in the beach area for a dredge spoils site. It would be far cheaper than piping the muck all the way to Paradise Cove, where a dredge spoils site, the Gomez property, has been chosen.

In addition, the path from Thomas Creek to the Gomez site has to be finalized by the dredging company. These issues are still to be settled. Schwartz also said since the dredging in Tuckerton Beach is limited to the mouths of the lagoons, the town does not have to abide by the winter flounder time constraints.

The TBA is also concerned with a project to bolster the shoreline at the end of Little Egg Harbor Boulevard. This spit of land was once a beautiful piece of land, according to resident Phil Stately. “We used to play there when I was a kid. We called it ‘Muck Island,’” he said. Now it is so eroded that many more storms have been impacting his house on Flamingo Road. Schwartz said there is still an easement issue with one property owner, but Borough Attorney Christopher J. Connors said, no, the letter has been sent from the appraiser and the borough, and they don’t have to wait for an answer from the landowner.

The last issue was a TBA request to tape the municipal meetings and put them on the website so that people who don’t spend the winters at the beach could tune in and know what is going on. There was a suggestion to have two-way Skype so these folks could weigh-in during public comment. Resident Frank Fehn said there are many talented people who belong to the TBA, and they would be willing to help set it up.

In other news, the Tuckerton Volunteer Fire Co.’s year-end report showed it had responded to 130 fire calls and 202 EMS calls. In December, the company had nine fire calls and 28 EMS. Mayor Sue Marshall said she had been in the Dynasty Diner, located behind the firehouse, when the siren went off, and within three minutes a fireman was at the firehouse. “In less than five minutes they were on the road to whatever fire call they had,” she said.

The animal control report for 2018 found the borough had 108 animal calls for service, wrote 16 summonses, and captured 30 dogs, 23 cats, three raccoons, one possum, a woodchuck, rabbit, skunk, and a bat that tested negative for rabies.

The council voted to join a cooperative located in Galveston, Texas. Business Administrator Jenny Gleghorn said it’s a national purchasing agreement, and the borough saves money on purchases because the Galveston Council Co-op has a list of vendors that have already paid to bid on proposals. “They have already done the bidding for us, and we don’t have to pay an engineer to write up the specs (for bidding).”

During the public portion of the meeting, Frank Fehn asked if Tuckerton is considering a plastic bag ban; the mayor said they have been discussing the issue.

Christine Bowles from Heron Road said there are icy patches on the road that P&A paved; she asked if the storm drains are clogged. Gleghorn said the next stage of the project is to replace the storm sewer outfall pipes before the road gets a final paving.

— Pat Johnson

patjohnson@thesandpaper.net

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