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Temporary Sea Bright Library Finally Finds A Home

SEA BRIGHT: The borough's temporary library has finally found a home after months of discussion on where it would be located.

"The Sea Bright Library Committee researched numerous locations to open a temporary library while the new building is being built," Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long said during the Dec. 11 Sea Bright Council workshop meeting. "Ultimately the space that was most favorable is space within the United Methodist Church on the corner of Church Street and Ocean Avenue. The idea is that the temporary library will occupy a portion of the church sanctuary during the time that the new community is being constructed."

The original plan was to place the library in a temporary building in the municipal parking lot, but the library committee and the borough ultimately decided to lease space at the church. The old library was torn down after it was substantially damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Borough Administrator Joseph Verunni said the move will have some expense for the borough but that it should be minimal.

"There will be some additional expenses to provide some bookcases to separate the sanctuary-portion of the church," Verunni said. "We will offset some of those costs associated with our monthly storage costs we're incurring over at the storage place in Eatontown, so it ought to be kind of a wash there."

Council-Elect Charles Rooney said the shelves that will be used at the church are removable and will be taken to the new facility once it is built.

Verunni said the plan is to have the temporary library ready to go by Feb. 1

The lease with the church will be a resolution on the Dec. 16 Sea Bright Council.

The ultimate destination for the library will be the new oceanfront pavilion that is currently in the planning phases.

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.

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