Sea Bright Council Addresses E-Bike Safety and Beach Erosion

The Sea Bright Borough Council recently convened to address several issues, with a particular focus on public safety concerns related to electric bikes (e-bikes) and the ongoing challenge of beach erosion. The council discussed a variety of topics, including parking enforcement, sidewalk widening, the hiring of a new administrator, and municipal project updates.

A detailed deliberation took place regarding the regulation of e-bikes on Ocean Avenue and near the Splash Pad. A recommendation by the police department cautioned against permitting e-bikes on Ocean Avenue due to potential risks. The council debated the implementation of enforcement measures for the e-bike ordinance, considering the use of patrol cars to issue warnings and the possibility of increased police presence during busy months. The idea of appointing a dedicated patrol was mentioned, though the police department’s range of priorities was acknowledged. Signage, potential fines, and communication strategies with bike rental shops were also topics of conversation, with the aim to ensure compliance and educate the public on e-bike guidelines.

Another discussion was about the fence placement on North and South Beach to combat erosion. The council and the public works department explored solutions for deteriorating fences and the buildup of sand against the seawall, which poses a risk during storms. The matter of access restrictions despite the presence of fences was deliberated, highlighting the need for effective enforcement.

Beach maintenance took center stage with the council considering the purchase of new trash cans for the beach, the establishment of a beach utility for maintenance, and the integration of more sandy erosion fences into the budget. The effectiveness of a recently installed fence was recognized for its role in collecting sand; however, erosion near the south end of the beach was causing a narrowing of the walkway, raising concerns about emergency access and ongoing maintenance.

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The council also touched upon infrastructure and environmental sustainability, discussing the design and development of new properties in response to sea level rise and finalizing ordinances related to salt storage and tree preservation. The introduction of a stormwater management ordinance was debated, with plans for further workshops before its introduction.

A discussion ensued regarding the debate over whether to remove a section of the chain-link fence at Anchorage, considering the potential impact on dunes and erosion. The council discussed the possibility of adding sand over the fence to facilitate access for maintenance equipment without causing damage.

Additional topics included the management of parking issues raised by local business owner Melissa Deana, who expressed concerns about the enforcement of 30-minute parking zones and their impact on her business. The council proposed extending the enforcement period and agreed to consult with the police department on the issue.

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The meeting also addressed the adoption of Resolution Number 61-2024, which authorized the hiring of a new administrator. There was a brief discussion about the start date for the new hire, which was not specified in the resolution.

Updates on current projects were provided, including the bond issue for engineering proposals concerning storm and sanitary sewer relining on Ocean Avenue, potential demolition of buildings for a summer project, and the Fire Department’s activities, including annual refresher requirements and the receipt of a grant for equipment.

Operational and maintenance issues were also highlighted, such as the maintenance of beach lockers, the condition of bulkheads, and a potential sewer leak. Concerns over the deteriorating bulkheads and their potential danger to the public were discussed, along with the responsibility of property owners to address these issues.

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Furthermore, the council discussed the recent truck purchase from Deal, including the need to match the paint color after an employee repainted it. They also considered applying for a grant to acquire new defibrillators and air packs for the fire department.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.

Mayor:
Brian P. Kelly
City Council Officials:
Erwin Bieber, Samuel A. Catalano, Heather Gorman, William J. Keeler, John M. Lamia, Jr., Marc A. Leckstein, Esq.

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