Weather Permitting, Tuckerton’s South Green Street Park’s Lot Could Be Paved

Tuckerton Borough Council Meeting
Nov 22, 2017
Photo by: Pat Johnson K&G Marine Construction is finishing the work on South Green Street Park in Tuckerton.

If the weather cooperates and stays warm and dry, the contractor working on Tuckerton’s South Green Street Park could pave and curb the parking lot by week’s end – an early present for local residents who love to visit the park to view the bay. Otherwise, the park will remain closed until spring, said Councilwoman Doris Mathisen during the Nov. 20 borough meeting.

New bulkheading and a new 50-foot fishing pier are already in place.

Councilman John Schwartz said two areas off South Green Street that have been eroded over the years could be in line for shoreline protection projects. Schwartz had met last Thursday with the NJDEP for an update on the project to restore shorelines in Tuckerton and Little Egg Harbor, a project being funded largely by the National Fish and Wildlife Federation’s $2.1 million grant.

He also said the 23 acres of marsh in the Great Bay Boulevard Wildlife Management area that were originally in line for thin layer deposition will shrink, but he didn’t have any figures for how small the area will be. The GBWMA was concerned about waterfowling in the area if the marsh was raised, said Schwartz.

Other sites that are being looked at for dredge material are a former lagoon behind Shelter Cove and a partial lagoon that was a site of dredge materials in the past but had not been bulkheaded correctly and became a problem in Kingfisher Lagoon. Schwartz has hopes that can become a living shoreline project.

“Plan B, we will get dredging done,” he said.

In other news, Emergency Management Coordinator Marilyn Kent said the application for the 966 grant from the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Plant is almost finished and will be completed by the first of the year. The grant helps pay for radios and other equipment for the fire and police departments.

Council President Sam Colangelo said the Tuckerton Red Men had served 1,511 free turkey dinners this past Sunday, an increase over last year’s high of 1,358. He said a good time was had by all.

The Tuckerton Volunteer Fire Co. will hold a Christmas Parade on Dec. 9 starting at 5 p.m., the same night as Tuckerton’s “Ye Old Christmas Walk.” Mayor Sue Marshall said the night will be well coordinated so the parade will enhance all the other activities that happen in town that evening.

She also announced the annual Christmas Tree Lighting on the lake will take place at Tip Seaman County Park on Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore will be the hosts again of the 56th tree lighting and will sing Christmas carols. Pastor Dave Hewitt of Calvary Baptist Church will give a seasonal message and lead a closing prayer.

The public works yard will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday but will open early on Saturday, at 9 a.m., and be open until 3 p.m. The yard is now closed on Sundays until the spring.

Marshall asked the public to give a moment of silence in honor of long-time Tuckerton Beach resident Chris Chairo, who recently passed away. Chairo was a member of the Citizens Emergency Response Team and was often at borough meetings. He was jokingly called the “Mayor of Curlew Road” for his concerns for the beach and his amiable personality. “He will be misssed,” said Marshall.

— Pat Johnson

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