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Boat Ramp Gate, Security Cameras Coming to Trader's Cove

A boat ramp at Trader's Cove may soon have a mechanized gate, and security cameras would be installed to watch the Brick Township marina and park, officials said.

Brick Township Administrator Scott Pezarras said the township is creating a change order to the cost of Trader's Cove, to include the expense of installing a boat ramp gate and add security cameras. 

The gate would be in operation during boat ramp hours, so boaters would no longer be able to use the ramp any hour of the day, he said, only during "supervised hours." The cost to use the ramp is $5 each way or $100 for the season, according to the 2013 rates.

Pezarras said the cost of the installation would be on the next meeting agenda in a resolution up to council vote.

"There would be a mechanized gate at the boat ramp, so that people can not be taking boats in and out there at any given time of the day, at times where there is no supervision," Pezarras said. "This will allow that boat ramp to be utilized during hours of operation and the change order would also include adding security cameras in that area."

Pezarras said the push for both the gate and cameras came as a recommendation from the project engineer for the township.

Traders Cove is an 11-acre property located on the northern side of Mantoloking Road just west of the Mantoloking Bridge.  It is adjacent to Ocean County’s Mantoloking Bridge Park and Fishing Pier and was previously a private marina slated for condominiums before the township began the process of buying the property and converting it into a local park, which officially opened in May.
lisa December 05, 2013 at 07:37 AM
what this town should do is make that damn ramp FREE to the tax payers of brick. it was paid for partially with OUR money. give us something.
Nick December 05, 2013 at 08:37 AM
By limiting the hours the ramp can be used will create long lines. Also, will restrict my fishing hours, it is a terrible idea. That means I can't go out to dinner on my boat because of limited time. And as stated it should be free to Brick residence and open 24 hours. The twp. and administrator should leave things as they are and spend our tax payers money on projects to improve Brick High School such as air conditioning and updating. Leave the ramp alone
Catpan December 05, 2013 at 09:57 AM
I have to agree with Nick. Bad idea. Lots of people prefer to launch and/or retrieve their boats outside of 9-5 hours. Put your thinking caps back on. What's the cost benefit of a mechanized gate? God forbid someone launch a boat and not pay $5.
Didn't Brick go through a similar debacle regarding a free ramp last year? What exactly is a boater to do if he or she is delayed in returning by the tide or a small craft blow-up? Oh, I guess there's always the paid ramps at the marinas - owned by.... And the Twp. writes ANOTHER check for unnecessary work...want to bet it's a no-bid? More Gilmore bux.
Typical trough-filling bs - create a problem, then appear to solve it with public dollars shunted to your supporters. What's the quid pro quo, I wonder?
B December 05, 2013 at 01:03 PM
I do not agree with this at all. I pay for a season pass to use the boat ramp but i can only use it at certain times? There was a free ramp right around the block from me which is now closed off because of the new traders cove ramp. My friends and I love going out on the boat to watch fireworks from windward, which is off hours. So pretty much i have to have a slip or be forced to trailer my boat to another ramp.
Aren't you glad your tax dollars secured this acreage? Who was the seller, again?
WheresTheBallot December 05, 2013 at 03:33 PM
If the gate had an RFID scanner and people with a season pass received a card to open the gate, it should solve the issue. It lets the town collect the fee from the casual user while still giving regulars access 24x7.
Two problems...expense, for one, and it is a publically funded access to a navigable waterway, for the other. Same issue with the one closed/blocked in 2012 - at expense, without appropriate permits, in a wetlands, on a public waterway, with a no-bid contract, and paving placed over construction rubble as paving bed - in a wetlands. Charley-Fox.
BrickAmericanMan December 05, 2013 at 04:20 PM
bad idea brick
Chuck Cumella December 05, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Let me being very honest and blunt. This idea sucks. 24/7 access is needed.
Chuck Cumella December 05, 2013 at 05:34 PM
There so worried about nickels and dimes. Worry about the tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars that get wasted of my damn tax money every year.
How many "fees" would have to be collected to cover the gate, the camera, and the monitoring - as well as a system for access (opening the gate)
none of yobusiness December 05, 2013 at 10:41 PM
I wouldn't plan on selling many of those $100 passes geniuses. I love how incredibly stupid our elected officials continuously are. Thank you Brick for giving me another reason to leave this, going down the tubes and fast, town after 40 years.

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