Township Council Authorizes Purchase of Riverfront Tract
Sylvia Beaton property is located on the Manasquan River in the Herbertsville section
The township council has authorized its half of the funding required to purchase Beaton Point, a property located in the Beverly Beach neighborhood in the Herbertsville section. The 9.6 acre tract is located on the Manasquan River. The county will foot the other half of the $1,257,000 price of the property.
Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis said that the unspoiled plot of land was once under consideration for six or seven homes, but outcry from residents caused the township to investigate the purchase. At one time, Acropolis said, the land was appraised at $6 million, but more recent appraisals significantly brought down the price of the plot.
"We’re talking about a bluff overlooking the Manasquan River," Acropolis said. "We had an outcry of citizens who came to a meeting and said, ‘you have to buy it, you have to do something.’"
"This site is fantastic,'' Freeholder John C. Bartlett Jr. told Brick Patch in November, when county officials agreed to partner with the township to buy the site.
The county's share will be reduced to $454,250 because the freeholders will spend $174,500 received for allowing the state to use Gull Island in the river as a dredge spoil site. The state required that the money paid to the county be spent on projects in the Manasquan River, Bartlett explained. The balance of the county money will come from its natural lands trust fund, supported by a voter-approved 1.2-cent open space property tax.