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Beachfront Pool Could Still Be In Sea Bright's Plans

SEA BRIGHT: Getting the most out of the borough's beachfront has been a topic of discussion even before Hurricane Sandy devastated the area.

Councilman William Keeler has said that perhaps a pool could be added to the borough's upcoming Beachfront Community Center in the future.

The center will have a library, meeting space, changing rooms, outdoor showers and bathrooms, beach access and possibly beach lockers.

The addition of a community pool could possibly help monetize the building.

A discussion on a pool is not a new one in the borough as before Hurricane Sandy, the Sea Bright Council performed a feasibility study on adding a municipal pool club.

"They priced out a pool club with 400 lockers, an olympic-size pool and a kiddie pool that would be located on the beachfront and at that time the numbers did not bear out in that the cost of construction and the debt service on the cost of construction would cause (that project) to run in the red for the first 6 years and that the profit it would turn (would be) modest," Mayor Dina Long said.

That council decided to put the project on the back burner as its cost as well as the need for parking it would create were deemed not to be beneficial for the borough.

Long said a pool has been considered as a "phase 2" project for beachfront development and that it is still possibility, although on a lesser scale.

"In post Sandy we have considered other business models besides a beach club model," Long said. "

She said the borough could build something more similar to what Monmouth Beach has with its bathing pavilion which features a large pool and beachfront access for a membership fee.

"We've looked at that model as perhaps something that is more feasible for Sea Bright than say a 400 locker cabana club which is what the feasibility study was conducted for," she said.

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