Seaside Park Borough Council Discusses Youth Curfew, Emergency Management, and Local School Withdrawal

In a recent Seaside Park Borough Council meeting, officials addressed a variety of community concerns, with discussions on implementing a youth curfew, improving emergency management procedures, and assessing the impact of Seaside Heights’ potential withdrawal from Central Regional High School. The council also tackled issues related to public works staffing, police department operations, and infrastructure projects.

The council meeting included a proposal from a resident about instituting a curfew for young people in Seaside Park. This initiative, aimed at preventing disturbances caused by groups of kids, came in response to neighboring towns establishing similar curfews. Concerns were raised that without a curfew, these groups might relocate to Seaside Park, increasing the likelihood of disruption. The council showed interest in the idea, which will be further explored in a committee meeting with the police chief.

Another issue discussed was the need for improved emergency management, particularly in response to a recent high-tide event. A resident highlighted the lack of information and support available during such emergencies, emphasizing the challenges faced by older community members. The council acknowledged these concerns and stressed the importance of clear communication strategies to better prepare and inform residents in the future.

The potential withdrawal of Seaside Heights from Central Regional High School occupied a portion of the council’s attention. The council met with school superintendents to consider a feasibility study on the withdrawal’s financial and educational repercussions for Seaside Park. There was some skepticism about the assumptions within the estimate, leading to talks about creating a standing committee to maintain open lines of communication with the Central Regional School Board.

Infrastructure concerns also loomed large, including discussions about a new cable installation across Barnegat Bay by JCP&L. The planning board expressed worries about the impact on local recreational activities and the environment. The council debated the possible dangers the cable and its concrete matting could pose to boaters, as well as the adequacy of communication with Ocean County regarding the project’s effects on county infrastructure.

The council moved forward with plans to demolish the Desert Palm Motel despite ongoing litigation over the cost. The town had already taken ownership through the condemnation process, and the council considered including a penalty clause in the contract to ensure the demolition was completed on schedule.

Other resolutions passed by the council included the approval of a series of staffing appointments, particularly for the Department of Public Works, which had been experiencing understaffing issues. Council Member Marty Wilk, Jr. reflected on the crucial nature of these appointments. The council also addressed public works-related matters such as the sale of surplus property, notably a fire truck, and set a new auction date after lowering the reserve price.

The council discussed the authorization of bids for the demolition of the Desert Palm Motel and the timeline for the bid opening and demolition process. They reviewed a Green Acres Grant application for park development, clarifying that it involved a 2% loan rather than a grant, and planned a public hearing to seek further input.

Environmental considerations were also on the agenda, with council members discussing a state-mandated ordinance for the purchase of trees for borough properties, which was on hold pending review of state changes. Potential grant opportunities and community involvement were being explored to address this requirement.

Public comments revealed appreciation for the effectiveness of the reverse 911 system during the high-tide event but also underscored the need for clearer support during such emergencies. Residents also voiced frustration over the difficulty in obtaining permits for sandbags to mitigate high-tide impacts and inquired about the council’s engagement with a congressman on issues related to a bank project.

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:
John A. Peterson Jr.
City Council Officials:
Marty Wilk, Jr., Gina Condos, Ray Amabile, Joseph Connor, Jerry Rotonda, William Kraft

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