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Sea Bright Awards Contract For Beachfront Pavilion Construction

SEA BRIGHT: The governing body has selected a contractor who will construct the borough's new beachfront pavilion.

The Sea Bright Council awarded a $3.85 million contact to Kelso Construction Company, Inc., based out of Manasquan, during its April 4 meeting.

"They're a very experience construction company with a portfolio of projects of this sort," Borough Attorney Roger McLaughlin said.

The borough received 10 bids for the project, but Kelso was deemed to be the lowest responsible bidder. The highest bid of $4.7 million was submitted by McCauley Construction Company, of Long Branch.

Nearly $5 million was bonded in anticipation of the project through a special election held last September. Over 500 people voted in the special election, with over 300 voting for to approve each of the three questions which asked them if they supported the bond ordinances for the construction of the pavilion and a new municipal building.

Councilman William Keeler asked if the delay in the construction of the borough's new sea wall will impact the construction of the pavilion. Borough Engineer Fran Mullan said it would not be an issue.

"All provisions were made so that both projects could occur simultaneously or independent of one another," Mullan said.

Keeler ultimately abstained from voting on the award of the contract and stated that he would like more information from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), which is handling the sea wall project, before OK'ing the contract.

The pavilion will be located at the east part of the municipal parking lot where the main beach entrance is currently situated. It will be built at the sea wall and will have ramps that will take people from the building to the sea wall and down to the beach.

It will have two main floors and a lower level that will be used to enter the main structure and for storage of vehicles and materials. This lower level will also have beach badge sales booths.

The first floor will be built at the height of the sea wall and will have a library, community room and covered porch area. It will also have outdoor bathrooms and showers that can only be accessed from the outside and will be used for beach patrons.

The second floor will have meeting space for municipal meetings, multiple use space that can be used for community or private events and a warming kitchen.

There will also be a small floor above that will be used for storage.

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