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Bay Group Still Critical of Traders Cove

Implores council against "gigantic" marina slips

The executive director of Save Barnegat Bay – Brick's once-partner in the Traders Cove redevelopment project that ended up opposing the township in court – came to the Jan. 17 council meeting and thanked council members for to build a spray park at the site.

But Willie deCamp, a Lavallette resident, told council members he was against large boat slips at the site and the ability for boat owners to park near the entrance to docks on which their slips would be located.

"The most important thing going forward, to Save Barnegat Bay, is how intensive the marina portion is going to be," deCamp said. "My great caution would be that an application not be put in for a giant marina."

The issue over boat slips, as well as control over certain aspects of the redevelopment project, was the focus of a lawsuit brought by Save Barnegat Bay against the township, which was eventually dismissed by Superior Court Judge Vincent J. Grasso in 2009.

Following a joint lawsuit against a developer who wanted to build condominiums on the site, Save Barnegat Bay transferred its rights to the property to Brick when the township closed on it in December 2005. But a redeveloper's agreement  – which eventually was abandoned – was the focus of a lawsuit between the organization and the township. That lawsuit also concentrated on the number of boat slips the marina portion of the park would hold. Save Barnegat Bay was in favor of reducing the number of boat slips at the site.

"They wanted control and approval over the development process," said Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis, adding that the court battle cost Brick $15,000.

"What we don't want to see is a park that looks like one giant marina," deCamp told council members Tuesday. "I really think that keeping an eye on the size of those boat slips, and the number, will be the thing we most need to look at going forward."

In his view, deCamp said, public view of the bay could be obstructed by too many slips designed for large boats or the availability of parking near the slips where boaters could leave their cars while out on the water.

Acropolis said the marina portion of the park is part of the township's plan to generate revenue from the site, and the price of slips there will be raised to market price for a non-full-service marina once the redevelopment effort is complete.

BW January 21, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Art, who is John Bukowski?
Art Sholty January 22, 2012 at 12:35 AM
@ ME.....You read the article, now you tell me. I hope this hasn't dashed your hopes of seeing me look bad. If you noticed the writer abeled him as an alcholic boozer, 1st class. He was an incompetent lawyer/mayor. I had the proper plumbing to call him out as being such so therefore I had nothing to hide such as you, young lady. Go get your mamaries checked out girly. You have been located sweetie.
BW January 22, 2012 at 12:42 AM
LMAO ok Art. Funny he threw out all the summons you wrote, and charged you with contempt of court. You had to resign or pay the price. If you had the cahonas you would have called his bluff. So I guess you dont have all the right plumbing, sweetheart!
BW January 22, 2012 at 12:44 AM
BTW if that was your attmpt to bully me or threaten me, it didnt work when Steve did it, and it certainly isnt going to work when you do it.
Betty Ann January 22, 2012 at 11:14 PM
In all the years that I lived near Trader's Cove, I have no idea where the trees and vegetation was. There were only dead boats with squatters living in some of them. The boats are gone, and for now, it is very barren except for the southern perimeter along Mantoloking Road. Probably, so most people think it looks good. I'm also with Lisa above. Who the heck had the idea to put a cabana on the old bridge?? Do they really think fishermen will be sitting under it while their lines are in the water, or will they be picking off their lures from the roof. Guess the designer is not a fisherman.

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