WORDontheShore Reader Dennis Sherman makes recommendations about the Long Branch waterfront....
THE SAVE OCEAN AVENUE COMMITTEE OF LONG BRANCH
Recommendations Submitted to City of long Branch August 6 2014
1. Community Input- we ask for information about the boardwalk be made public, and a community advisory committee be created for input until the new boardwalk is built. We also ask for projected dates of construction start and completion. We request the city council to pass an ordinance/resolution, to create a community advisory committee to work with the city on the new boardwalk, bluffs and roadway like other towns and cities and if denied give us a written response why.
2. Boardwalk and Roadway Recommendations Based on input and feedback from hundreds of SOA supporters, presidents of condominiums of the LBCC, the interactive SOA website and volunteers and seven years of working with Mr. Woolley, the mayor and the past two city councils we submit our official ideas and recommendations for review and inclusion in planning the new boardwalk and ask for a written response from the city of Long Branch if it denies this request.
Green Acre Linear Parks- signage identifying Green Acres traffic free linear parks, appropriate entrances at Brighton and Seaview Avenue to boardwalk and roadway parks, landscaped areas, lighted sitting areas, bike stands and bike path full length of boardwalk, signage prohibiting traffic, appropriate art and history of Long Branch information, paved marked surfaces of roadway for all users,
New Boardwalk and Roadway- wide as possible boardwalk with lights and enough places to sit, roadway for pedestrians along boardwalk along entire length of boardwalk to Pier Village, signs identifying boardwalk as Seven Presidents Ocean Walk as passed ordinance spells out (see separate attached Seven Presidents Ocean Walk proposal and history story boards pictures), add flower pots, hanging flower pots and signage on poles similar to Pier Village, bike path on roadway connecting entire roadway from beginning to Seven President ‘s Park and through to Monmouth Beach, enough bathrooms and punch outs over bluffs and concession stands, enough handicap accessibility ramps especially at south end, police emergency call boxes, enough doggie bag dispensers for entire boardwalk, enough garbage and recycling places, year round snow removal for and garbage removal on south Ocean Avenue in the linear park, entire roadway and perpendicular streets leading to boardwalk especially at south end, art-boards, art sculptures, historical and informational places along boardwalk, places for exercise and stretching areas, gazebos and shade areas, public changing rooms and showers at every beach access point, access points clearly identified and named, perpendicular streets leading to boardwalk identified, repaint crosswalks on Ocean Avenue, paint yellow curbs for no parking for pedestrian safety, not enough sandwich board pedestrian crossing signs on Ocean Avenue, enough pedestrian and bike safety signs posted, enough public safety signs along entire boardwalk.
3. Unresolved issues along Ocean Avenue, weeds growing everywhere, three foot high weeds in pots in boardwalk leading to boardwalk from Brighton Avenue, weeds surrounding benches on roadway, no doggie bags in dispensers for last four weeks, stool all over sidewalks and roadway, increased graffiti on poles, garbage receptacles, orange barriers etc. , bike direction sign removed from South Bath Avenue, only one hurricane damaged sign with hole left barely hanging up, specials not regularly at South Bath during weekdays, fence sticking out in pedestrian pathway, babies soil diaper stuck in fence along with other garbage , no green acres open space signs in north linear park, does not seem anyone inspects south Ocean Avenue regularly
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