SEA BRIGHT: With the clock ticking toward Memorial Day weekend, officials promised a major parking lot currently under construction would be open for crowds in the coming summer kickoff weekend.
The Peninsula parking lot will be substantially complete this week, said Acting Borough Administrator Joseph L. Verruni, who said at Tuesday’s Borough Council meeting that Sea Bright officials had just received that promise from contractors.
“They assured us the Peninsula lot will be completed,” Verruni said, after a resident asked if the contract had a provision for a penalty for work completed after deadline this week.
Striping of the parking lots spaces would be done for the opening weekend. Debris would be removed this week, while stonework would be done next week, Verruni said. A sagging power line from Verizon is a concern the utility would have to address, he added.
The borough administrator said he was pleased with the project’s progress, and that some days of the work were delayed by the borough, not the contractor, as Sea Bright needed to demolish its library before parking lot work began. Verruni said if the lot fails to open before deadline, the borough will have to decide whether to pursue a penalty for the contractor.
“We’ll determine if we have any legal standing,” he said. “And if the costs of pursuing it outweigh the penalty.”
Councilman C. Read Murphy provided an update on the beach department as the summer season begins, saying the trailers that will serve as bathrooms are now in place.
“The trailers are hooked up and water for bathrooms,” Murphy said in his beach committee report.
Additionally, 34 lockers were installed and have been rented for the coming season.
“We have 34 lockers in place, and we are sold out,” Murphy said. “That’s a chunk of change, $9,000-10,000 in revenue.”
A newly purchased beach rake is also in operation, Murphy said, and has been raking from Chapel to Tradewinds this week.
“We’ve already filled up a 20-yard Dumpster with the debris we’ve raked," he said. "This is going to help us a lot.”
Later in the meeting Murphy responded to a resident’s concern of beachgoers walking over dunes near the Highlands bridge, and saying the borough would likely install better fencing and signage this year to both save the dunes from trampling and also prevent people from sneaking onto the beach without paying.
Councilman Marc Leckstein said also new this year is a bike repair station that bicyclists can use to fix a flat and otherwise repair their equipment, and this could mean an increase of bicyclists using the borough’s beaches and businesses this summer.
Mayor Dina Long said the borough will kick off Memorial Day with an official ceremony, at 11 a.m.