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Ocean Council Talks Deer Issues, Airbnb Status

OCEAN TOWNSHIP: The Workshop Meeting of the Ocean Council included "Animal Control", meaning deer issues in its Agenda of the July 26 workshop only.

The Council has been looking into solutions to the deer problem, specifically the traffic accidents, tree and plant destruction, and deer-caused damages to home gardens, a food source of the animals.

Resident property complaints, tree damage in the parks and street lines and the relative larger numbers of vehicle accidents with deer keep the issue ongoing, and in need of a more encompassing approach. The matter is not new, just getting more serious as more properties in the the township continue to develop.

Councilman Rich Long reported that this year the 24 year to date traffic accidents resulting in deer carcasses on roadways were compared to the 35 annual number level of recent years. It is getting worse and needs solutions, Council has decided. Solution sensitivities for caring about the deer themselves are an important element in Council's thinking, with Mayor Siciliano emphasizing that any plans would likely be gradual trialing of potential answers, each having different consequences to be addressed.

In November 2015, at Council invitation the Director of Fundraising and Development in the Animal Protection League of New Jersey, Nancy Ehrlich and Doris Linn, The League of Humane Voters' Legislative District Director gave a slide presentation on deer behaviors habits and public impressions of why the deer act as they do. The same deer behaviors are unchanged, and population grows, even as the open land in Ocean continues to be developed.

The presentation was informational, a good start, yet needing further research Council decided.

The "Animal Control" subject had been tabled in the first July workshop as meeting time ran out.

The perennial problems brought by deer in this township affect nearby towns and county / State properties as well, and appear to require a more regional, joint planning with adjacent towns.

The "Animal Control" subject had been tabled in the first July workshop as meeting time ran out.

Councilman Rich Long was asked by Mayor Chris Siciliano to present his knowledge and experience to start things off. Mr. Long had participated in the November educational. He summarized the info shared to get the Tuesday workshop discussion started in addressing the concerns all shared. Slides from the November 'Humane Deer Management" presentation are shown here.

The Council has been looking into methods and solutions to the deer problem The Animal Control subject had been tabled in November when meeting time ran out. The need continues, it was agreed.

Zoning and Airbnb

Mayor Siciliano introduced the subject of travel agencies (Airbnb being one such, e.g.) to place their customers into temporary living accommodations in homes not used for summer months by owners. The matter may be referred toy Ocean's Planning Board and others. Two sites are catching attention, one at Park Avenue and Norwood and another at Beecroft and Monmouth Road perhaps.


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