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Bids Sought for Next Phases of Traders Cove Project

Park should open by spring, but marina enhancements could take longer

The final steps in the process that will turn the former Traders Cove Marina site into a long-promised bayfront park are being taken.

The township council this week approved going out to bid for two phases of the project: one that will turn the present site into a park setting, and another that will complete the enhancements to the marina portion of the site aimed at generating revenue for the township.

Business Administrator Scott Pezarras said the second part of "phase two" of the project will get underway once bids are received and a contract is awarded. That phase includes grasses, trees, shrubbery, irrigation and the final touches to complete the park portion of the site.

The park is expected to be open for spring 2013.

The council also authorized bidding to begin for the marina site improvements at the park, which are expected to cost about $800,000, much of which will be funded through grants.

That portion of the project will include restrooms and amenities for boaters and park visitors, plus some new floating docks.

"By making this a transient boat stop for people up and down the intracoastal, it requires a laundry room, a certain number and bath units and the like," said Pezarras. "That's all included in the grant cost."

The park's position near the northern terminus of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway could make it a popular destination for transient boaters who want to tie up overnight or for a few days. Transient docking is expected to become a moneymaker for the marina.

The bathrooms for the site, which were taken out of a previous plan when the new township council cancelled plans for an accompanying splash park earlier this year, are now most likely going to be located where the old marina resource building stood.

The marina and facility improvements are expected to be completed in time for the 2014 boating season, most likely near the end of 2013, Pezarras said.

As the park stands now, curbing and light supports are in, fencing is being erected, the maintenance building is going up, and light poles are on order, said Pezarras.

Flo September 13, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Ok, I'm not a boatng person but why do we need a laundry room?
Lori Morrison September 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM
If the Park is expected to be open by the spring of 2013, that means it will open 3 years from now.
Gary LaFetra September 13, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Also a hamburger joint and a Walgreens and a CVS across from each other.
BytheC42 September 13, 2012 at 12:07 PM
A laundry room??? Really??? I'm hoping there's a walking path for the locals. Forget about the transients (bennies). The place will be a mess once they've gotten their hands on it. Ugh!!!
Peter Weldon September 13, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Can someone explain to me why a municipal government is trying to create a "moneymaker" marina when there is a perfectly good and established private marina across the street? Why are the taxpayers in the marina business and what expertise does a municipality have to run such a business? Can someone direct me to the Brick Municipal Car Washing company and the Brick Municipal Movie Theater?
So Much to Say September 13, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Has anyone gone and seen the new county park that attached to Traders Cover?.....Recently opened and already filthy and unkept.
JHill September 13, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Here is the park YOUR Mayor decided to spend $15,000,000 of YOUR hard earned money on. That's $200.00 for every man, woman, and child in Brick. Enjoy it before it gets overrun by the Lakewood Welfare Mafia!
JHill September 13, 2012 at 01:21 PM
**Transient docking is expected to become a moneymaker for the marina.** How long till it pays for itself? 25,000 years?
JHill September 13, 2012 at 01:23 PM
For the homeless to do their laundry after they got done reading the free USA Today and looking at porn at the newly renovated library!
SB Girl September 13, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Another case of why can't the Fed gov and the local gov work together? There already is a brand new bathroom at the foot of the bridge...can't that one satisfy the requirement? With this plan you have two construction costs, two maintenance costs, and two cleaning services, assuming it's going to be cleaned occassionally...Come on guys...work together and we all benefit!!
wwluyu September 13, 2012 at 01:58 PM
maybe its just me... But I dont " get" this money pit.
Vince Latchford September 13, 2012 at 02:30 PM
I'll bet that I'm not the only one who thought that this was going to be a park. After the idea of a splash park was shot down, did anyone actually come out and say "Let's build a big commercial transient boat motel run by government workers ?" If so, I never heard it.
Daniel Nee (Editor) September 13, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Yes. That's pretty standard for marinas which cater to people traveling up and down the coast who want to dock overnight. My guess would be that it will be paid coin washer/dryer units.
Daniel Nee (Editor) September 13, 2012 at 03:24 PM
That's been part of this project since day one. I don't think anyone ever discussed removing the marina from the area. Actually, many of the grants are tied to having a marina there, since they are boating-themed grants.
CShorShell September 13, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Thanks Dan. Belmar recently built the same type of facility. Unless they have renamed it, it's called the Belmar Comfort Station. If you are not familiar with the boating world you'd be surprised how many people live on their boats or drive them back and forth along the coast from Maine to Florida. These types of facilities are like a rest-stop area for boats. The laundry services are just like going to a laundry-mat, pay as you go.
Art Sholty September 13, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Hey Vince, I'll bet that the thought never came to mind concerning Port Newark and Port Elizabeth in the Big Depression days either, but look at them now. Mucho $$$$$ being made. Whats wrong with Brick making needed tax dollars? Will this help you tax wise? You bet'cha it will. Why all the complaining?
Neil Esposito September 13, 2012 at 05:49 PM
I have steamed up and down the intra-coastal from NJ to Miami and back. You can't imagine how many boats do this until you try to find a transient slip for a night or two. Unfortunately the location of the Brick marina is in a shallow area and very few boats over 32' with inboard engines or sail boats with fixed keels will attempt to navigate this area of the intra-coastal. Word spreads fast on the water of what areas to avoid. Some dredging would be needed to attract the larger boats that bring the big bucks. Ever see any of the larger boats that stop in Brielle come down near Brick? Very few! Ever see a large boat run aground just south of the Point Peasant canal? I have, numerous times. sometimes you have to think things through.. You know.. Measure twice, cut once! - Captain Neil.
Joseph Woolston Brick September 13, 2012 at 05:58 PM
I find it funny that for years Acropolis bristled at the thought of Windward Beach which as everyone knows his rival and nemesis brought to fruition. Now Acropolis has his own park now as well. What's that old saying? Oh yeah, now I remember....Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
brickrest12yrs September 13, 2012 at 06:02 PM
splash park would have made ALOT more sense. YES it looks like nice whats being done BUT SOOO un- nessary when larger much more NEEDED project should have come 1st. seems like a big waste of $$ to me
jim September 13, 2012 at 07:07 PM
@Jhill keep them comments coming I am laughing my*ss off, funny stuff!
Art Sholty September 13, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Hey Joseph Woolston, Did you ever hear about the former Mayor who lost an election because he did not want the Windward property purchased? You don't make sense. Do you use WBP? I'll bet you do not have a boat.
2much2say September 13, 2012 at 10:49 PM
I bet all of you COMPLAINERS live on the other side of brick, you know not by the water.. Give people a break they're dining a great job, but I would hate to see turned into another strip mail.
coffeetyme September 14, 2012 at 12:24 PM
I live a block in from the river, & about 4 miles from the Ocean, & really dont understand this oversized nice fishing area. agree it does look nice but Brick chould/ should have use that $$ for a much more needed project, & honestly miss seeing the boats there...
Mrgrumpass September 14, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Didn't you get money from your bank to buy your house and that will take how long 25 to 30 years?
Mrgrumpass September 14, 2012 at 05:02 PM
From what i was lead to believe there were just about the same crying crap and BS about wind ward beach, now it's one of the treasures of brick!
4real September 14, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Treasures??? really??? many man many years ago YES not now
Slippery Slope September 18, 2012 at 12:53 PM
said Township Administrator Scott Pezarras. “My father and teachers always told me to leverage, if you can buy things with others people’s money, then do it. This is the reason we are broke. All politicians think like this.
Cappie September 22, 2012 at 08:37 PM
The new Trader's Cove Marina and Park is amazing! A wonderful place to relax, go crabbing, fishing, walk and enjoy the sunshine! AAA+++ to this venture....It is beautiful! I'm looking forward to the completion, I'm looking forward to enjoying the park more and more. Progress toward completion is moving along swiftly! A great place! Thank you Brick!
Lori Morrison September 22, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Went past there today and what I see is a garage half constructed, piles on stone and a bunch of pallets of what looks like cement blocks. JUST FINISH IT.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress September 22, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Now, everyone - fight nice...If they hadn't done this (and grossly overpaid for it with YOUR money), they couldn't have hired BS engineering and get their campaign dollars back as change. VOTE THEM OUT. Tracy Caprioni and Scott Neuman, "Democratic-Republicans" for Freeholder, will be targeting waste and fraud as a part of their "mission" - as will I. We've already begun the process of civil litigation on several noted boondoggles. Win or lose, this will be exposed...but we prefer to win. Now, the Dems and Republicans tried to block us from "bracketing" on the ballot - we've gone to court, and GUESS WHAT WE DISCOVERED? The Republicans failed to "poll" in their primary. They are not entitled to a ballot line - they can run, but, as they did not file a bracket request, AND they did not meet the requirement for major party status STATE-WIDE - they have to be kicked into the weeds on the right side of the ballot with "NJ WEEDMAN". TIME TO GET ANGRY. TIME TO BE SURE you are REGISTERED - deadline is October 15th, folks. (do it early by one day to be sure they don't close their doors on you) VOTE...whether or not for us...VOTE.

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