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Sea Bright Council Updates Public On Ongoing Municipal Projects

SEA BRIGHT: The borough has several projects in the works that are being designed to create permanent homes for services that lost their headquarters because of Hurricane Sandy.

Councilman Brian Kelly said the borough received the latest version of the design for the borough's new public safety facility last week.

The building will house the borough's police, fire and first aid once it is completed.

The police's original headquarters was deemed too expensive to repair after it was found that it was more damaged than originally expected.

In the meantime, the police department has been operating out of trailers in the municipal parking lot and the borough is looking to create a temporary fire house for firefighters at the ramp that leads to the original firehouse that was flooded and damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

The borough architect is also designing the plans for a new community center that would house the borough's library among other services.

"We have the same borough architect working on the community center and that project is still before the state in the CAFRA permitting process," Kelly said.

Kelly has said the first floor of the pavilion would be used for storage of beach vehicles, the second floor would house the borough's new library and public bathrooms and that the third floor would serve as a lifeguard headquarters and also contain rentable space.

A temporary library is being built in a portion of the sanctuary of the United Methodist Church on the corner of Church Street and Ocean Avenue.

Mayor Dina Long said the original goal of having the library open by March is not likely to be met but that a contractor has been hired who has been working to design a door for the library and shelves that "will be fitting with the interior of the church." Some electrical work must also be completed.

The temporary library will have bookshelves, computers and a small children's section.



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