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Sea Bright Council Gets First Details on Beautification Master Plan

SEA BRIGHT: The borough is working on a plan to spruce up the landscaping in several areas.

Sea Bright Councilman Brian Kelly said at the Feb. 3 council meeting that the borough previously hired a landscape architect to work with the Sea Bright Beautification Committee to come up with a beautification master plan for the borough.

Kelly said 10 sites were identified for beautification including the two main entranceways to the borough at the northernmost and southernmost borders. He said many of the areas were damaged by sandy and "quite honestly a lot of the areas needed some help before Sandy."

"We worked with the architect with the goal of building with resilience and also using native plants to accomplish that," Kelly said.

The landscape architects from T&M Engineering came up with a total estimated cost of $290,000 for all the work at the 10 sites and also provided the borough with a master list will all the plants and trees included in the plan.

Kelly said the borough could chose specific sites from the plan to keep the costs low and that there was also money available in the borough's beautification trust fund and a streetscape grant.

Once the borough makes a decision on which sites will be improved, the New Jersey Department of Transportation would also have to review the plan as most of the sites are located along Ocean Avenue.

The council did not make a decision on which sites would be selected as many council members had not yet seen the plan.

A copy of the beautification master plan has been made available at Sea Bright Borough Hall for the public.

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