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Temporary, Permanent Homes For Sea Bright Library Progressing

SEA BRIGHT: Both the temporary and permanent homes of the borough library are moving closer to fruition, borough officials reported this week.

Sea Bright will temporarily house a library in a trailer building in the new municipal lot. Mayor Dina Long announced officials were working to solidify the plan, and a meeting would be held next week on the subject. An opening date for the temporary home is not yet set.

The temporary home would host the library while the new building is under construction, Long said.

The new building is actually a new pavilion for the borough. Council President Brian Kelly said the multi-story building is now in discussion between the architect and CAFRA, the Coastal Area Facility Review Act.

"There may be some modification to the center," Kelly said. "We are trying to get dual uses on all floors."

Kelly 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. Beach operations operated out of a leased building from Cats and Dogs LLC for 2014.

Long said previously that because the borough's bathrooms and bathing pavilion were destroyed by Sandy that the project is eligible for FEMA reimbursement because those structures would be rebuilt.

The pavilion was pitched during the Sea Bright 2020 presentation earlier this year, but officials said they hoped construction would take place during 2015.

The borough library was torn down after it was substantially damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Discussion on a temporary home has lead officials to look at various locations in recent months, but in October the borough discussed a trailer in the municipal lot, after the utility company had installed proper hook-ups there.

Some books donated to Sea Bright are being stored in a storage space in Eatontown and will be used at the temporary location.

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