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Sea Bright Prioritizes Post-Sandy Planning Needs

SEA BRIGHT: The borough has outlined its top priorities following the destruction caused Hurricane Sandy in a document called the Strategic Recovery Planning Report (SRPR).

The SRPR prioritizes immediate planning needs and requests funds from the state to help cover the associated expenses. It also compiles all the relevant recommendations from recent planning studies and allows the council to take action on them.

“It’s a strategic plan for how this community is going to move forward not just this year and next year, but years into the future,” Mayor Dina Long said at the June Sea Bright Town Hall meeting.

The council adopted the SRPR in May and has submitted a $275,000 grant request to the state for a new master plan, redevelopment planning, mitigation plans, debris removal plans, a borough organizational/staffing plan and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) data acquisition.

Long said the first step for receiving the state funding was to create the SRPR.

She said the development of the master plan was one of the most important steps for the borough and the top funding priority.

“All towns are required to have a master plan, and Sea Bright has a master plan, but it’s old and it doesn’t reflect any of our post-Sandy reality,” she said.

She said the master plan would provide a greater emphasis on resiliency and resistance to damage from future storms, as well as economic viability and revitalization.

She said towns are required to do a “re-examination” of the master plan every set of years.

“We need more than just tweaking around the edges, we need a new master plan for this borough that reflects our post Sandy reality,” she said. “There is money available to help us do that.”

The Sea Bright Planning Board will prepare the plan and the council will look it over before the end of the year.

The SRPR also outlines the improvement of the borough’s communication and engagement with the public.

“Since Sandy, we’ve added a lot of things,” Long said. “We added town hall meetings…a third (borough council) workshop meeting…Nixle, a text messaging (alert) system, and a weekly e-blast.”

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