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Private Lot No Longer Being Considered For Temporary Sea Bright Firehouse

SEA BRIGHT: Borough residents can breathe easy as the council has chosen not to pursue placing the temporary firehouse on private property.

"The council decided they are moving to borough-owned property for a temporary firehouse location and they directed the engineer to expedite the specifications for the temporary structure so that it can be put out to bid as quickly as possible and get our firemen a home," Mayor Dina Long said at the Sept. 2 Sea Bright Council meeting.

The new location chosen is the near the rear of the municipal parking lot.

"The location as specified by the chief is going to be back near the P House lot so as to not use parking," Borough Engineer Jacki Flor said.

A space closer to the current firehouse was not considered as there are too many parking spaces there and the farmer's market is also near that location.

Laterals in place near the P House will be used to provide electricity for the temporary structure as well as the pavilion, which is scheduled to be constructed in the future.

Flor said the temporary firehouse should be completed before next summer.

The council was originally considering leasing space on the lot on the corner of Peninsula and Ocean Avenue. Residents were angered when it was discovered that the owner of the property owes $40,000 in back taxes to the borough. The property would also have required thousands of dollars in repairs to make it suitable to house firetrucks.

In March, the Ocean Avenue firehouse was condemned after an inspection determined it was structurally unsound. The building was one of many that took on several feet of water in superstorm Sandy. Now a temporary tent outside the firehouse protects one of the department's trucks.

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