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Furor From Councilman Over Blocked Boat Ramp

Mayor, councilman disagree on Glenwood Place ramp closure

Boaters are no longer able to launch their vessels from trailers at the Glenwood Place boat ramp, a move that has angered one township councilman.

The mud ramp at the relatively secluded end of Glenwood Place – a street off Mantoloking Road – has served as a free launching place into the Metedeconk River for decades, but is now blocked off by a guardrail.

Closing the ramp was an "asinine" and "ludicrous" thing for the township's administration to do, Councilman Dan Toth said this week.

"To take away a public access point is a slap in the face to the taxpayers and the residents of this town because we are such a waterfront community," said Toth, adding that members of his family own a good deal of the property around the ramp and have never been bothered by people using it.

Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis said the closure came after multiple complaints from neighboring residents and marina owners, who told township officials that boaters were urinating and defecating in the grass adjacent to the ramp and ignoring a No Wake zone from the ramp to the main channel of the Metedeconk to the east.

"Nobody living across from that boat ramp should have to see people squatting to go to the bathroom," said Acropolis, adding that there were also complaints about garbage being dumped near the ramp as well as people "coming in and out at all hours."

"The town just doesn't go out and do things for no reason," he said. "Nobody went by there one day and said, 'hey let's close this boat ramp.' But you cannot legislate good behavior."

Toth said he also took issue with a sign being erected at the site directing boaters to use the ramp at Traders Cove Marina, which carries a fee for users.

"People are hurting, and we're taking away public access points for them to enjoy the water," he said.

The daily ramp fee at Traders Cove is $10 for a "round trip" pass, which entitles a boater to launch and retrieve a boat. A season ramp pass is available for $100.

For boaters looking for no-cost alternatives, a free ramp is available off Beach Boulevard in Point Pleasant Borough, just south of the New Jersey State Police barracks near the Lovelandtown Bridge. Boats there are launched into the Point Pleasant Canal.

There is also a free, sand-covered launch area at the end of Bay Avenue in Point Boro, where boats can be launched into Barnegat Bay, though parking there is limited.

Daniel Nee (Editor) July 15, 2012 at 07:46 AM
Joseph -- You'll have to wait 'til next year. No municipal seats are up for grabs this November. BOE, Sheriff, Congress, US Senate and of course, the Presidency will all be on the ballot. But no mayor/council this time around.
Daniel Nee (Editor) July 15, 2012 at 07:49 AM
I was over at Glenwood the other day. You could definitely carry a kayak around the guardrail. Even my 13-foot-long twin-seat Dagger. The only problem: my new SUV has no roof rack and I live on the other side of town!
can't say who July 15, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Dan Nee, Yes a kayak will fit - but you can carry a kayak up and dpwn mountains. We are talking about small boats and jet skis too - kind of hard to lift them over or around the Mayor's barrier.
Mrgrumpass July 15, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Councilman Toth found another SAFE topic he can put his name on, this one doesn’t conflict with his business, or his father, or his wife’s employment or that his astrologer didn’t OK. Oh and by the way if he or his family owns the illegal parking lot (Dan ok with your parking) where the boaters barked their trailers. Is it properly insured for this use and zoned for this use? PS: I am all for a free ramp just not this political prostitute.
Joseph Woolston Brick July 15, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Dan thanks for letting me know. I guess I was under the impression that the town council election was this year, we are in such a hurry to get rid of these vultures and clowns that I guess it was wish full thinking, now I'm totally depressed that we have to put up with these people and the mayor for another year. Will the town survive another year of these peoples shenanigans? Tune in to "As Bricktown Turns" for another installment of thrills and chills brought to you by the greatest reality show in New Jersey.
Art Sholty July 15, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Lets hear more, Mrgrumpass, I'm sure that his relatives are unhappy with all the negative press they are getting form a person who was chastized from a retired FBI agent a few months ago. Maybe the BULLET MAN has relatives working in that agency too. His license plate on his blue Jeep has a medallion signifying that he is a NJ State Legislature, NJ (1-FDT) This too is yet aother way BULLET DAN tricks voters into thinking he is working for them. If this were so, how come he refuses to change to his wife's Health Plan plan and save our township valuable $$$$$? I guess Mr. Abstainer of BULLET fame is not concerned with helping Brick, only himself. Change to INDEPENDENT fella and it will be open season on you from all people living and voting in Brick. Make book on it.
IGGY July 15, 2012 at 01:18 PM
And the mayor is the PRESIDENT of the club !!!!!!!!!
clyde July 15, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Wait, everyone is upset over a barricade the township put up?? Everyone calm down & relax!! Remember the "township" put this thing up, just walk over to it, pull it up & move it out of your way. Just please remember to "reinstall" it after use. How great would it be to see someone just move it & then put it back?? Or cut the legs flush & lossen the bolts on one side - now it's a swing gate!!
darrell July 15, 2012 at 11:28 PM
When you do it, let me know. How is it people have all the answers, but pass it on for someone else to do? Never themselves.
Mark Story Jenks July 16, 2012 at 12:27 AM
To Dan Nee: You can use the ramp next to my house, as my guest, anytime you want. Just be mindful of the tide. Heck, why drive across town?
Jerry Marzarella July 16, 2012 at 07:47 AM
Out of curiosity, would it be legal to carry a kayak around the guardrail? How about a row boat? If that's OK maybe I could squeeze my jet ski trailer between the rail and the trees. I'll have to check that out.
wookfish July 16, 2012 at 11:15 AM
how can the fire dept reach the water for what's known as drafting???? can you say stupid
Mike Bintliff July 16, 2012 at 11:51 AM
iLife in cedar croft our free ramp was just bulkheaded
Tired of the BS July 16, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Does the Mayor or the Township own Trader's Cove?
Parts Holty July 16, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Just to set the record straight: Make book on it. My real name is Parts Holty, but I also go by Mrgrumpass, and various other connotations which invariably have somthing nasty to say about Dan, uhh, you know, that guy on the council I don't like. Because no matter what, the mayor and his previous administration are what I live and breath for. (Enen IF the toilet is such a struggle these days...)
Mark Story Jenks July 16, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Thanks for the LOL!
clyde July 16, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Darrell - You will be first on the list to know, Didn't have a 20% off coupon for the cordless saw from Harbor Freight. Maybe next week lol
Mrgrumpass July 16, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Quiet Moronic Parts, if you check my record I don’t favor the mayor or any one in town, county, state or federal gov. Mr. Nee please check into this imposter saying they are me!
Vinny G July 18, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Great job Mayor, send all the Brick residents to already overcrowded boat ramps in Point Pleasant so you don't have to, or can't deal with. your own towns problems. Work it out, instead of pulling an F Cove. I have no problem sharing our ramps, but really...provide public access for your residents. I believe public access to the water is a law.
Sam Foster July 18, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Art: With all due respect, Art, I feel your comments about Councilman Toth are just plain wrong. I find him to be a politician who tries to act in the best interest of the town and the people in it, and the only “spanking” that I witnessed him receiving was when he indicated during a council meeting a few years ago that putting the Ocean Ice Palace purchase on a referendum for township residents to vote on might be a good idea. Then-councilwoman Scaturro called his comments unconscionable. As far as him being childish, that is to me, nonsense. Take a look at Mayor Acropolis's conduct this year alone for proof of what childish conduct is. I know that you like the mayor (so did I at one point), but the proof about both of them is online at the township's website under council meeting videos. Just because Councilman Toth does not blindly follow the lead of Brick Republicans does not make him a bad person or a bad politician. On the contrary, it is refreshing to me. For the past few months I've been reading your accusation that Councilman Toth decided to be a Democrat. Where is your proof at? I feel that anyone who comments on an elected officials conduct should, in the interests of fairness, provide proof of it. He is still listed as a Republican. And if Councilman Toth decides to run for mayor I feel no one should “try to stop him”, as you stated you would. Whoever is Brick's next mayor should be left up to the voters on election day, pure and simple.
Mark Story Jenks July 18, 2012 at 10:49 PM
To Sam Foster; (regarding your comment about halfway back up this page) Thank you for being a voice of reason.
Matt July 19, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I have created a petition using signon.org to get the ramp reopened. http://signon.org/sign/reopen-the-glenwood-place?source=c.em.mt&r_by=276627 Please sign, email friends, post to facebook... Get the word out.
Mark Story Jenks July 19, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Good work, Matt.
lisa July 19, 2012 at 07:52 PM
I still think someone needs to call the army core and the dep to see if acrapolis followed all guidelines in place for dealing with tidal waters. That area being blocked could also be a safety issue.
Mark Story Jenks July 19, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Have at it, Lisa. 1-877-WARN DEP
Lori Morrison July 19, 2012 at 08:02 PM
wookfish, Hose is placed into the water and the nozzle is attached to the pumper and fed through to the fire line. The closer to the water supply you are, the better the intake pressure to fill the tank. The truck then went to the fire scene and when the tank was empty they returned to the draft site for more water. Before we had hydrants, where did you think the water came from, the water fairy?
lakerivdave July 22, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Great Idea !! I just signed it and I also volunteer to police the ramp for litter. Although it never appeared to be too messy to me.. Could a "crony" have idea's of developing that comercial property for sale there and closing this ramp would help with those plans? Not paranoid, just asking? KEEP IT FREE.
Matt July 24, 2012 at 09:34 PM
I have created a petition using signon.org to get the ramp reopened. http://signon.org/sign/reopen-the-glenwood-place?source=c.em.mt&r_by=276627 Please sign, email friends, post to facebook... Get the word out.
Sean Conneamhe August 04, 2012 at 03:53 AM
"There is no such thing as a free launch."
Andy Pat August 27, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Is it possible that Sholty's IBS is backing up and causing the diarrhea that endlessly flows from his mouth? His posts tend to be the most distasteful.

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