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Sea Bright Officials Looking For Temporary Home For Sandy-Damaged Firehouse

SEA BRIGHT: After the recent condemnation of the Sea Bright Firehouse at 1167 Ocean Ave., borough officials are searching for a temporary home for the department’s vehicles.

Currently, a tent has been set up in front of the Hurricane Sandy-damaged firehouse to house one of the town’s three fire trucks. The other two are being stored in Long Branch and Highlands.

However, the tent is not sufficient, officials said during the April 10 Sea Bright Council workshop meeting and the old building is not usable as it has been deemed 90 percent damaged by FEMA.

“It has gotten worse,” Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said.

Verruni said the borough is still reviewing its options as to whether or not the building can be repaired or demolished. He said if the building is demolished before FEMA takes another look at it, the borough would probably not be reimbursed for any new construction.

Officials are looking to set up a more “substantial” and larger tent than the current one and are mulling options for where it could be located. The truck and some of the equipment under the tent have been damaged.

One potential spot is the lot on the corner of Peninsula Avenue and Ocean Avenue, but the cost to get the site ready for the tent is nearly $30,000, excluding the addition of utilities.

Verunni said other potential spots are The Quay or The Cove, two marinas located within the borough. However, discussions with the owners of those properties have not yet begun.

Sea Bright Police Chief John Sorrentino said the borough should look into the continued use of the front of old firehouse to see if a larger tent could be placed there.

Verruni said the council could authorize a resolution to go out to bid for specs for a temporary structure at the next Sea Bright Council meeting on April 22.

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