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Location For Temporary Sea Bright Firehouse Found

SEA BRIGHT: It appears that the borough council has settled on a spot to place a temporary home for the borough's fire department.

The firehouse will be a metal structure that will be located on the ramp that leads to the original firehouse that was flooded and damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Sea Bright Administrator Joseph Verruni said the borough ultimately opted for a metal structure instead of a tent-like structure for several reasons.

"The metal building is a better-looking and more resilient structure than the tent-like structure," Verruni said. "I'd be hard-pressed to recommend the tent-like structure, but it's (the council's) decision because the metal building is a little bit more money."

The metal structure costs about $180,000 and the tent would cost about $100,000. Either cost would be reimbursed at 90 percent by FEMA.

Borough Engineer Jacki Flor said the metal structure is more costly because a footing would need to be built and it would also need to be anchored.

The borough would also purchase the structure so it could be reused at another location once it is no longer needed by the fire department.

Flor said the metal building could be put out to bid, purchased and built in the next three months.

The council had contemplated using a private lot or a corner of the municipal lot for the temporary firehouse over the last year, but ultimately decided on using the ramp of the firehouse.

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