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Sea Bright Business Group Looking To Raise Funds To Build Boardwalk

SEA BRIGHT: The Businesses of Sea Bright (BSB), a group comprised of Sea Bright business owners, has its eyes set on building a boardwalk along a portion of the borough’s oceanfront.

“We think it could bring more people and families to the area,” Sea Bright Pizzeria Owner Cono Trezza said. “It gives people another reason to be here other than the beaches and the businesses.”

Trezza, who is one of the officers of the BSB along with his wife Karen Trezza, said the plan would be to build a boardwalk with benches from the Chapel Beach Club to Donovan’s Reef.

Another member of the BSB, Butch, whose daughter, Jamie Hentschel owns Nova Boutique in Sea Bright, said preliminary plans for the boardwalk would be to put it on pilings from Channel Beach Club to the existing boardwalk behind East Church Street and East New Street. He said the remaining portion of the boardwalk would be built on top of the sea wall.

Butch said the total cost of the boardwalk is estimated at between $1 million and $1.5 million.

Trezza said a series of fundraisers could be held to help raise money for the boardwalk.

Mayor Dina Long said at a recent Sea Bright Council meeting that most people in town, including the council, felt a boardwalk would be a great project for the borough.

“I think there’s a lot of different opinions about what should happen on the beach and in what timeframe,” Long said. “However, I think the one thing everybody agrees upon is how fantastic a boardwalk would be along Sea Bright’s beach and most of us agree at this point, we cannot afford to bear the cost to construct that boardwalk as a municipality given the other expenses we are facing.”

Long said she would like to create a “blue ribbon committee” at the Aug. 14 Sea Bright Council workshop meeting to look at the BSB’s boardwalk proposal. The committee would be comprised of herself and two members of the council.

Butch said that with the council’s consent as well as CAFRA (Coastal Area Facility Review Act) approval that fundraising for the boardwalk could begin.

“By all indications CAFRA will accept the plans because it gives more public access to the beach,” Butch said.

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