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Long Branch Mayor Still Putting Cars
in the Green Acres Park


May 31, 2017 - Common sense dictates that when you put cars and traffic in the same space as people, it becomes a more dangerous place to be. This is especially true when there has been no safety study done, only a goggle picture of the streets involved. No cars or traffic have occupied this space for at least the last 50 years and it is being done during the three busiest months of the summer. New traffic mixed with walkers, joggers, skateboarders, roller bladders, dog walkers and bikes just doesn't make sense. It is the mayor’s plan, quietly put forward at a workshop before the council meeting and hardly discussed with the public or by the city council which voted against the plan last summer.

At last week’s council meeting, May 23, three members of the city council listened to people who spoke, since the Save Ocean Avenue Committee accidentally found out about the mayor’s traffic plan at the city council workshop meeting May 9. Green Acres and the mayor and city have received many letters, complaints and phone calls leading up to this second council meeting. Many people have been saying no, to new traffic in the Green Acres open space park at Brighton Avenue. When the council was asked to vote on the traffic proposal at this meeting from the audience, only one council member voiced his concerns about the mayor’s plan.  The only other two members who were there, sided with the mayor’s plan, and said they would think about the public’s comments and could always change their minds if the plan didn't work. One audience speaker asked, Isn't it a high price to pay if one child or person is hurt to consider changing your mind?              

This new traffic plan was never announced and there was no public input, comment or explanation of where those not allow on the boardwalk could walk or go. There is no sidewalk at Brighton Avenue to West End Avenue. There will only be cars stopping and going, doors opening and closing, where no traffic has been allowed for many years. The Green Acres open space linear park is for recreation and conservation of outdoor areas and is intended for public use and enjoyment. Thus summer It is being taken away by the city during the busiest and most dangerous time of the year for pedestrians.             

Adding additional parking on Second Avenue at the old school is a good idea, but at what price to the safety being paid by beach goers? The boulevard with its four lanes of heavy north and south bound traffic at high rates of speed is already very dangerous to cross. The added traffic going north will only increase traffic congestion and create more danger for pedestrians crossing Ocean Boulevard. Instead of wasting city resources and taxpayers dollars on taking away a park, the city should work to make Ocean Boulevard safer to cross.                                                                     

It doesn't make sense to put cars and traffic with people when you don't have to. The public is needlessly being put in harm’s way with more cars and traffic in the Green Acres linear park.  Don't mix cars and traffic with people. It’s a bad idea. The city has already painted the traffic lines for traffic to start in the park and is still intent on following the mayor’s decision.

 Dennis Sherman
Chairman Save Ocean Avenue Committee
www.saveoceanave.com

YOUR VOICE COUNTS!

KEEP UP YOUR CALLS AND LETTERS

Green Acres    609 984 0631    Judeth  Piccinini  Bureau Chief

Mayor Schneider 732 571 5686   ascschneider@longbranch.org

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MESSAGE FROM DENNIS SHERMAN:

Hello Everyone                                                                                                                       5/19/2017

Please keep your calls and letters coming to stop new traffic in the Green Acres linear park on Ocean Avenue at Brighton Avenue. It’s working and calls and letters are being directed at the mayor, council, assemblyman, senators, freeholders, green acres, and the newspapers.  Your voices make a difference and need to be heard!

The mayor has stated publicly there is little or no opposition to his plan to increase beach revenues and more beach access at the expense of public safety. Last summer the green acres park had no traffic ,allowing bikes, skateboarders, roller bladder’s,  joggers all safe entrance to the park and boardwalk without  cars and traffic stopping and going, doors opening and closing. If the city moves ahead with its’ plan as it intends to do, this will all change.

There has been no public hearing or meeting. The city council was told it’s solely the mayor’s decision.  The city council has not been allowed to vote. There is no official traffic study of the plan’s impact on pedestrian safety and creating more traffic congestion. Green acres is allowing the plan, with no public comment and giving away the public trust of preserving the open space for people and families.    

This Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at 7:30 PM, at 344 Broadway, Long Branch, 07740, the last city council meeting is being held before Memorial Day when the plan is implemented. This is an opportunity to be heard and tell the mayor and council how you feel.  Please attend.

Your voices count and can make a difference!

Dennis Sherman chairman Save Ocean Avenue Committee www.saveoceanave.com

Keep up your calls and letters  they count,

Green Acres    609 984 0631    Judeth  Piccinini  Bureau Chief

 Mayor Schneider 732 571 5686   ascschneider@longbranch.org

Editor of the Link  732 222 4300    www.Thelinknews.com     

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A Bad Idea Again Putting Cars Next to the Boardwalk

     
The city is planning to put cars on Brighton Avenue next to the boardwalk.  For the first time in 50 years the mayor again wants to put cars and traffic on Brighton Avenue going north to exit at West End Avenue along with the exiting southbound traffic from Vine Court. All this traffic can than only turn north on Ocean Boulevard. This Green Acres open space linear park is intended for family and peoples recreation use without traffic.  This ill-conceived idea makes the Ocean Avenue roadway and getting to the beach and boardwalk more dangerous for everyone. Where are the bikes, dog walkers, joggers, skate boarders, roller skaters, and hover boards all supposed to go? There is no sidewalk along that stretch of roadway and big signs prevent anyone, but walkers the right to use the boardwalk. Imagine cars parking, stopping and going, doors opening and dropping off people, where the boardwalk starts with bikes and many people.
 
There has been little and almost no public opportunity to comment on this plan. What makes matters worse is that the mayor and acting business administrator announced this change at a city workshop meeting as a nonspecific agenda item May 9, 2017. The city council is allowed to to vote or make the final decision on the mayors decision. Green Acres is not opposing this new traffic plan.

   
Some of the reasons given to mix traffic with people were; convenient beach access, better traffic flow, increased beach attendance and revenues. The mayor said there were very few objections to these plans.  A plan that was not made public this entire year and opposed my many people last year when the city first introduced the idea. It is shameful that a pristine open space park next to the ocean and used by the public safely will be given over to cars and traffic in a small roadway intended for bikes, families and anyone not allowed on the board walk.  Right now people can be dropped off 12 feet from the boardwalk at the ends of Brighton and West End Avenues, with handicap parking available at the ends of each street. What a terribly high price to pay by the public to have to give up green acres open space for convenience, more beach revenues, and the public’s safety.

      
Only the public can stop this from happening. Call Green acres and the Mayor of Long Branch to voice your concerns

 

Green Acre          609 984 0631   

Mayor Schneider 732 571 5686  aschneider@longbranch.org

 

Dennis Sherman
Chairman Save Ocean Avenue Committee
     

 

Cars and Traffic on Ocean Avenue Next to the Boardwalk   

Since April when the new boardwalk opened, the Save Ocean Avenue Committee of Long Branch with its many supporters has been working very hard to convince the city to keep cars off Ocean Avenue in the Green Acres Paved Linear Park. The cities plan was to put cars along the boardwalk from Brighton Avenue north to West End Avenue in the Green Acres Park. Our efforts opposing this plan have gotten support from hundreds of people, the Long Branch Coalition of Condominiums Association, residential families, visitors, boardwalk walkers, businesses, Green Acres, freeholders, and politicians, etc. Many phone calls were made and letters written.  So far this effort of many hundreds of people has been successful.

The city of Long Branch has just opened the Ocean Avenue roadway for more traffic from Howland Avenue south on Ocean Avenue and out on West End Avenue. They left a narrow path next to the boardwalk for bikes, skateboarders, roller bladders, tricycles, etc.  While this is not ideal, it is better than putting cars into the Green Acres Park with people, beginning at Brighton Avenue going north and exiting at West End Avenue. However, the new traffic pattern just instituted, increases traffic volume and flow from Howland Avenue south along Ocean Avenue exiting out through West End Avenue.  There is a lack of signage and speed limit signs in that area and no sidewalks for pedestrians and dog walkers to walk on. Ideally, it would have been better to keep Howland Avenue and West End Avenue dead ends as it was which already had the positive effect of reducing the traffic flow and the amount of cars going past Vine Court keeping it safer for pedestrians. The new traffic flow and amount of cars, trucks and motorcycles, now in that area, has already increased significantly, with traffic speeding down Ocean Avenue, stopping along the roadway and fighting for the few parking places in Vine Court and in that area, and then only being able to exit at West End Avenue.  

As of now there are no cars and traffic at the beginning of the boardwalk at Brighton Avenue and a narrow bike path at Vine Court  which then goes up to North Bath Avenue where traffic begins.  It is wonderful to be able to enjoy the new boardwalk, bluffs and ocean as a paved Green Acres Park. At least now there is a balance of keeping cars and traffic out of the Green Acres Park. Pedestrian safety on Ocean Avenue should be of the highest priority. Let’s hope there are no more plans for cars and traffic to mix with people and bikes along the boardwalk in the Green Acres Linear Park and beyond. 

Part of the intent of the state’s Green Acre park program is to preserve open space that is interconnected, protects the environment, is scenic, historical and recreational and used by the public in a safe, enjoyable environment.  Let’s keep it that way.   Thank you all for your help and efforts to preserve the paved Green Acres Linear Park in Long Branch by the ocean. 

Dennis Sherman
Chairman Save Ocean Avenue Committee of Long Branch     

 

The Save Ocean Avenue Logo of Long Branch

 

The save ocean avenue logo of the city of  Long Branch was created in 2007 when the city tried to put cars and traffic next to the boardwalk on Ocean Avenue in the protected paved Green Acres Linear Park. The SOA committee was formed as part of the Long Branch Coalition of Condominium Associations (LBCC) and together got thousands of signatures to petition the city not to pass the ordinance. The committees name was intended to save the boardwalk and roadway from the cities intention to put cars and traffic next to the boardwalk. The city tried to do this in 2007 and again in 2016. The city withdrew their 2007 ordinance after much of our committee’s efforts, attending city council meetings and going to the state capital to petition Green Acres. Our group then started meeting with the city to help improve, create and make the cities plan of a new boardwalk come true with public input. This included improving Ocean Avenue and Ocean Boulevard so people could get to the beach safely. Part of the plan was to be able to walk and bike all of Ocean Avenue north through Seven Presidents Park safely to Monmouth beach. Our committee got the city and city council to name the boardwalk and bike path, "Seven Presidents Ocean Walk", displayed on the SOA logo.

          The SOA logo is a picture that was designed by graphic artist, Ryan Sherman, of Philadelphia, to represent these efforts and history. There are seven large waves that represent the seven United States presidents who vacationed in Long Branch and contributed to the history, culture and development of the city. The logo has the sky, sun, seagulls, lifeguard stand, beach, seven waves, boardwalk, railings and red bike path along the ocean walk. The SOA committee has its' own web site www.saveoceanave.com that is interactive and keeps the public informed and answers any questions of visitors on line. Every question, comment or complaint is responded to. More than one hundred people have signed up on the web site as supporters and regularly get updates on the boardwalk and roadway. There are also links to other important sights and past and current history of the SOA Committee. The seven colors of the logo were specifically chosen to show the Long Branch ocean front, seven president’s walk, board walk, roadway and bike path.       

To All Save Ocean Avenue Supporters

 

            Thank you all for writing e mails, speaking at the last council meeting and supporting a traffic free boardwalk, roadway and bike path in the city of Long Branch.

 

       At the last Long Branch City Council meeting the city agreed, not to allow new traffic in the Green Acre Linear Park from Brighton Avenue north to West End Avenue and keep all the streets leading to the boardwalk closed from Brighton Avenue to South Bath Avenue. There will also be a bike path starting at Brighton Avenue with no traffic up to South Bath Avenue. Cars and bikes can than travel north as well.

  

    The city tentatively agreed to try this for a year. The Green Acres Park is now completely traffic free for the first time in almost ten years since our group stopped the city from putting traffic in the Ocean Avenue Green Acres Park in 2007. We were able to get thousands of people to sign petitions that we gave  to the city in opposition to the new traffic. The city allowed some traffic but eliminated its idea for new traffic next to the boardwalk and bike path.

 

     For the first time since 2007, there are absolutely  no cars and traffic allowed in the Green Acres Linear park so children, families, walkers, joggers, bikes, seniors, and everyone can enjoy a beautiful, quiet and safe park without the fear of cars or traffic.

 

People made the city council listen!

    

      Our work is not finished until there is a safe Ocean Avenue bikeway that goes north and south  to the Green Acres Linear Park north of Pier Village and until crossing Ocean Blvd. to get to the beach is made safer. We gave the city mayor and council a greenway plan to help make this happen.  See the following Green Way Ocean walk Plan.


        
Thank you all for your efforts,

 

                          Dennis Sherman, Chairman Save Ocean Avenue Committee, and    Vice President of the Long Branch Coalition of Condominiums Association

 

 

April 18, 2016
Bike Path Next to the Entire Boardwalk in Long Branch

       The dedication of the new Long Branch boardwalk and official opening  was a wonderful event and a long time in coming.  The city and all who did the hard work to complete the boardwalk should be congratulated. Now, it is beautiful, quiet and safe with no cars and traffic.

      For many years before Sandy and after Sandy, we have fought hard and worked with the city and  city council to improve and develop the Long Branch Boardwalk, Ocean Avenue roadway, and making crossing Ocean Boulevard to get to the boardwalk and beaches safer.  The city of Long Branch is very  fortunate to be the only beach community with Historical Bluffs, a  Seven Presidents past history and two Green  Acres traffic free linear parks next to the boardwalk overlooking the ocean.

    The city is now deciding about the finishing touches for the boardwalk and the final “quality of life” issues for all the residents and people who use the boardwalk and roadways. We urge the city in the strongest of terms to keep up their efforts and do the following, which many hundreds and hundreds of people have told us over the years and especially now.

1.       Restore the entire bike path along Ocean Avenue from Brighton Avenue north and connect it with the bike path in the north Green Acres linear traffic free  park and to Seven President’s park..

 

2.   Not allow any traffic or parking in the Green Acres Linear Parks or any parking  next to the boardwalk, to allow room for the bike path.

3.   Continue all efforts at restoring the Seven Presidents art history boards and enhancements in the Green Acre linear parks and along the boardwalk with shade areas, landscaping, more benches, bicycle racks, doggie bags,  exercise stations, etc. 

      The city now has in its power to make a new boardwalk that is not just  a restored one.  The new boardwalk can be a great one and unique to Long Branch with traffic free parks and a connected bike path for people and families to use and enjoy along the entire ocean front safely and free of traffic.

      Dennis Sherman, Chairman, SaVe Ocean Avenue Committee of Long Branch  www.saveoceanave.com

March 10, 2016

    An Open Letter to the Long Branch City Council

 

Hello, we hope you all are doing well,

 

        The new Long Branch boardwalk is nearing completion quickly and thanks to the efforts of so many people, it looks wonderful.  We are writing to each of you because of the safety concerns we have about the Green Acre boardwalk parks and Ocean Avenue along the new boardwalk. 

 

         Many of us, the Save Ocean Avenue Committee of Long Branch, the Long Branch Coalition of Condominium  Associations, homeowners, visitors and taxpayers, do not want additional parking along the west side of Ocean Avenue or in the Green Acre Linear parks. We also feel that the bike path from Brighton Avenue north should be restored to the way it was before hurricane Sandy. There should be no cars, traffic or parking in the south green acres linear park and along the west side of Ocean Avenue. Howland Avenue should continue to be a dead end street to help decrease traffic and improve pedestrian safety in the Green Acre Linear park. These ideas are not new and we have been proposing them to the city for a long time.

 

       Long Branch has one of the only boardwalks overlooking the historic bluffs and ocean with a rich history of the seven presidents who visited here. The boardwalk was even named by the previous city council, “Seven Presidents Ocean Walk “, and historic 4 by 8 ft  displays were put up on all the bathrooms. The traffic free south and north Green Acre Linear Parks are the only open spaces children and families can play, walk, stroll and bike without excessive traffic, along the ocean and boardwalk. More parking, more cars, more congestion, more liter and less pedestrian safety is the wrong choice for Ocean Avenue and the new boardwalk.

 

        The City Council has the chance to make the new boardwalk and roadway a masterpiece of good planning for the people to use safely, without fear of more traffic and congestion and with the restoration of the wonderful bike path that connected the entire boardwalk.

 

            Thank you for your consideration,

 

            Dennis Sherman, Chairman Save Ocean Avenue Committee

            and the Long Branch Coalition of Condominium Associations

 

                                       
          MEETING WITH THE CITY            

February 3, 2016

The Save Ocean Avenue Committee met with the city and discussed thirteen key issues(see below) concerning the new boardwalk, which included safety  issues crossing Ocean Avenue and Ocean Boulevard  to get to the beaches.

We are optimistic from what we heard from the city that many of the issues we have been advocating for since before Hurricane Sandy and issues in this agenda, will be addressed and that the boardwalk will be opened by this March or April.  Our concerns for no traffic in the Green Acre boardwalk linear parks, more benches, shade areas, a bicycle path, bike racks, art history boards, marked signage and entrance ways to the boardwalk, doggie bag containers, and more landscaping in the linear parks were discussed. We also discussed how Green Acre funding for the linear parks is being used and new pavers and railings will be completed  on the promenade, north of the hotel, in the north Green Acres linear park.

We hope you will support the Save Ocean Avenue Committee. Visit our web site www.saveoceanave.com  , see the history of our group, sign up as volunteers and ask any questions  on the website and make recommendations for the new boardwalk.

        Dennis Sherman, Chairman    Save Ocean Avenue Committee of Long Branch 

  
   1.       What is the traffic pattern and direction of traffic for Ocean Avenue south of Pier village? Will traffic be reduced or eliminated south of Pier village?

           2.    Can Howland Avenue remain a dead end  as it is now?

         3.       What is the new scope of work for the new CDBG grants and the new Green Acres grant monies for  boardwalk and parks?

           4.   Will there be more benches along Ocean Avenue and the dead end streets with shade areas.?

         5.       Please update us on the use of previous green acre funds from the new railings and paved roadway, and remediation of pavers on the promenade that were obtained before hurricane Sandy?

         6.       Will the green acre linear parks at the dead end streets, be landscaped with shrubbery, more benches, bike racks and shade areas?

         7.       Will the bike path from Brighton Avenue north up to and through Seven Presidents Park out to Monmouth beach be restored?

         8.       Will there be stone or marked entrances to the new boardwalk at Brighton Avenue and Seaview Avenue with signage noting the only two Green Acre Linear traffic free parks in the city of Long Branch?

         9.        Will the city call the boardwalk “Seven President’s Ocean Walkin the signage as the previous city council passed?

       10.    Will the 4 by 8 ft. art history panels be put back up on the bathrooms and boardwalk and where?

       11.    When will doggie bag containers be restored to the south end of the boardwalk? They have been absent since Christmas 2015. Could at least one temporary doggie bag container be put up at the south green acres linear park?

       12.     What is the latest information on the new boardwalk and when will the new boardwalk be opened for the community to use?

       13.    Safety crossing Ocean Blvd. to the beach and at the Ocean Ave. / Dunkin Donuts crossing, remains to be dangerous. Can the city meet with us to discuss and involve the Monmouth County Highway Department?



MEETING OCTOBER 6, 2015  COUNCIL MEMBERS  MEETING

The following 10 items were submitted by the Save Ocean Ave Committee at a meeting with several council members.   We hope to be have an update on results of the meeting very soon.

1.  For winter can a  porta John  bathroom at Cottage Place be put in?

2.  Update on Morris Avenue boardwalk connection to Pier village?

3.  Update on the use of previous green acre funds for new railings, new paved roadway?

4.  Consider keeping Howland Avenue closed as is the case now as one of the dead end streets in the Green Acre linear parks and reducing traffic along the new boardwalk roadway.

5.  Will all the 4 by 8 foot art history boards along new boardwalk and on new bathrooms be put back?

6.   For 2014  and 2015 what items were asked for in the(Community Development Block Grant Program(CDBG) for the new boardwalk and roadway. Could we have a copy?

7.  The Green Acre Linear Parks at the dead end streets, should all be landscaped with shrubbery, more benches, bike racks and shade areas on the west side of Ocean Avenue.

8.  Will the bike path from Brighton Avenue north up to and through Seven Presidents Park out to Monmouth beach be restored?

9.  Will  entrances to the new boardwalk at Brighton Avenue and Seaview Avenue with signage noting the only two Green Acre Linear traffic free parks in the city of Long Branch  and also noting on the signs and entrances, the boardwalk was named by the previous city council the  “Seven President’s Ocean Walk” be included in the new boardwalk.

10.  Consider Mediterranean palm trees for the new boardwalk proven to withstand the Long Branch winters.









Save Ocean Avenue Committee Update


                                                                                                                               April 30, 2015

Hello Save Ocean Avenue Supporters:

We hope you are well.  Spring has finally arrived and we have some good news for you!  On April 22, 2015, our committee met with Councilwoman Celli and Councilman Pallone.  They shared the news that a $14.4 million dollar contract has been awarded to George Harms Construction for the repair of the bluffs and the construction of the new boardwalk.  

Here are some of the details:
  • The boardwalk will be 16 feet wide from Brighton Ave. to N. Bath Ave. and will increase to 20 feet wide from N. Bath to Morris Ave.  (The stretch from Morris to Melrose Terrace is the responsibility of Kushner Companies, the developer of Pier Village III.) Composite boards will be used for the boardwalk.  
  • There will be 4 handicap-accessible ramps along the boardwalk providing access to the beaches.
  • Sixty-three lamp posts, similar to those at Pier Village, will be placed along the west side of the boardwalk. 
  • New railings will match those in Pier Village.
  • Three comfort stations will be placed along the new boardwalk. The one at West End will include a concession space.  The ones at Cottage Place and N. Bath Ave. will include extra space that can be turned into concession stands if the City chooses to fund them in the future.
  • Construction is scheduled to begin June 1, 2015.  The completion of the boardwalk is scheduled for May 20, 2016, and the comfort station/pavilions are scheduled to be completed by July 1, 2016. The project close-out is scheduled for October 31, 2106.
Our committee will continue to advocate for pedestrian safety on Ocean Ave. and Ocean Boulevard.  This includes crosswalk, traffic, and bicycle signage.  Safety is a priority, especially with the construction crews, vehicles, etc. in the area.

We have also asked for additional benches to be placed along the southern end of Ocean Ave.

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please visit us at http://www.saveoceanave.com .



THE SAVE OCEAN AVENUE COMMITTEE

SAVE OCEAN AVENUE COMMITTEE COUNCIL MEETING WITH
J. PALLONE AND DR. CELLI

The Save Ocean Ave. committee met with J.Pallone and Dr. M.J. Celli on Aug 6, 2014 to discuss the current situation and present input for the new boardwalk.  Following is the information presented to the council members:

1.  Community Input - we ask for information about the boardwalk be made public, and a community advisory committee be created for input until the new boardwalk is built. We also ask for projected dates of construction start and completion. We request the city council to pass an ordinance/resolution, to create a community advisory committee to work with the city on the new boardwalk, bluffs and roadway like other towns and cities  and if denied give us a written response why.

2. Boardwalk and Roadway Recommendations - Based on input and feedback from hundreds of SOA supporters, presidents of condominiums of the LBCC, the interactive SOA website and volunteers and seven years of working with Mr. Woolley, the mayor and the past two city councils we submit our official ideas and recommendations for review and inclusion in planning the new boardwalk and ask for a written response from the city of Long Branch if it denies this request.

  Green Acre Linear Parks - signage identifying Green Acres traffic free linear parks, appropriate entrances at Brighton and Seaview Avenue to boardwalk and roadway parks, landscaped areas, lighted sitting areas,  bike stands and bike path full length of boardwalk, signage prohibiting traffic, appropriate art and history of Long Branch information, paved marked surfaces of roadway for all users,

  New Boardwalk and Roadway - wide as possible boardwalk with lights and enough places to sit, roadway for pedestrians along boardwalk along entire length of boardwalk to Pier Village, signs identifying boardwalk as Seven Presidents Ocean Walk as passed ordinance spells out (see separate attached Seven Presidents Ocean Walk proposal and history story boards pictures),  add flower pots, hanging flower pots and signage on poles  similar to Pier Village,  bike path on roadway connecting entire roadway from beginning to Seven President ‘s Park and through to Monmouth Beach,  enough bathrooms and punch outs over bluffs and concession stands, enough handicap accessibility ramps especially at south end, police emergency call boxes, enough doggie bag dispensers for entire boardwalk, enough garbage and recycling places, year round snow removal for and garbage removal on south Ocean Avenue in the linear park, entire roadway and perpendicular streets leading to boardwalk especially at south end, art-boards, art sculptures, historical and informational places along boardwalk, places for exercise and stretching areas, gazebos and shade areas, public changing rooms and showers at every beach access point, access points clearly identified and named, perpendicular streets leading to boardwalk identified, repaint crosswalks on Ocean Avenue, paint yellow curbs for  no parking for pedestrian safety, not enough sandwich board pedestrian crossing signs on Ocean Avenue, enough pedestrian and bike safety signs posted,  enough public safety signs along entire boardwalk.

3. Unresolved Issues Along Ocean Avenue - weeds growing everywhere, three foot high weeds in pots in boardwalk leading to boardwalk from Brighton Avenue, weeds surrounding benches on roadway, no doggie bags in dispensers for last four weeks, stool all over sidewalks and roadway, increased graffiti on poles, garbage receptacles, orange barriers etc. , bike direction sign removed from South Bath Avenue, only one hurricane damaged sign with hole left barely hanging up, specials not regularly at South Bath during weekdays, fence sticking out in pedestrian pathway, babies soil diaper stuck in fence along with other garbage, no green acres open space signs in north linear park, does not seem anyone inspects south Ocean Avenue regularly.

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JUNE 5, 2014 UPDATE LETTER 




Hello Friends and Supporters,
Over the winter our committee has been trying to get the City of Long Branch to remedy the post-Sandy conditions along the waterfront as we enter our second summer season since the storm.

We prepared some short-term
recommendations that addressed the lack of benches, unsafe and unsightly fencing issues, no shade areas, cracked paver concerns north of Pier Village, sand ramp issues, cracks and depressions in the Ocean Ave. roadway, and  no handicap ramp at Cottage Place. We also addressed general safety concerns including crossing Ocean Blvd. and the confluence of bikers and walkers on Ocean Ave.
The City Council basically dismissed our requests for action.  Only when you, our supporters, attended a meeting, spoke out, and then followed up with emails did we get any action – some pot holes were patched on Ocean Ave., additional benches were found for the boardwalk, a new sand ramp was promised for the Great Lawn Beach, greater safety was promised for the bike lanes on Ocean Avenue.  After that, the City showed little concern about the current conditions. Mostly, the Mayor and Council asked that everyone be patient until the new boardwalk is built.
We know that the City has the daunting task of rebuilding the boardwalk, but our contention is that there is a lack of regard for the current unsafe and unsightly condition of the area.
Our committee then met with two council members at the beginning of May. We again made our case regarding the issues affecting the waterfront. They promised to advocate for us. The next day, pedestrian crossing signs were placed on Ocean Blvd. Even more benches started to appear on Ocean Ave. and at beach entrances.

We then received a written report from the City regarding our concerns.  Following are some of the responses:
    Six foot fence discussion - Department of Public Works has agreed that once the old boardwalk debris is removed,  it will try to straighten out the zigzag fencing where there are support poles available.

    Potholes/Cracks on Ocean Ave - DPW attributes these problems to damaged asphalt and they cannot be filled without milling the road first. When the new boardwalk is built, it will have to be redone.

    Shade Areas - Since 2008, we've been asking for a shade area somewhere between Pier Village and Brighton Ave., so that people can get a break from the scorching sun. The City's response is that there has never been a shade area along the boardwalk. Anything erected now would be too costly.

    Extension of the concrete barrier that separates pedestrian and vehicular traffic on Ocean Ave. toward West End Ave. - The traffic department will look to address this suggestion or find a way to accomplish the same goal.

    Bicycle riding on the east side of Ocean Ave. (between South Bath and Pier Village) - Additional signage will be erected in the near future and special police officers will monitor to make sure bikes are not on the pedestrian walkway. If a problem continues, a special officer will be posted at South Bath Ave

    Ocean Boulevard Safety - The city reiterated what we were told two years ago by the County.  Flashing  lights at crosswalks would be dangerous. People would push the button and assume that the vehicles would stop, giving pedestrians a false sense of security. Our committee had asked for lowering the speed limit in the summer, but the county traffic engineers did a survey and determined it was not necessary. They also didn't see enough justification for adding a traffic light at Cottage or Matilda Terrace.
As of this writing the city has made very little effort to address these concerns. Progress has been extremely slow with little concern for the safety of people who use Ocean Avenue up to Pier Village. The new boardwalk may not even be started until after next summer, which means a third year of an unsafe roadway and fencing and no handicap accessible ramp for the south end of Ocean Avenue
We ask for your continued support as we see what the city will act upon for this summer. Your voice counts and can make a difference.
 
Thank you for your continued support and regards,
 
 
 
The Save Ocean Avenue Committee


ATTENTION!!!





Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on our oceanfront! The City of Long Branch repaired its beach access
points, but has done nothing to improve the unsightly conditions along Ocean Ave. We, the Save Ocean Avenue Committee, have been making the following recommendations since the spring of 2013:

• Add more benches at the north and south end of Ocean Ave. (By the way, what happened to all the
benches??? )
• Replace the 6'cyclone fencing and sand bags with the lower rails. The zig-zag of the tall fencing eats up
walk space and is extremely unsightly.
• Repair the ramp at Cottage Place so that it's usable until such time that it can be property restored to
meet ADA standards. According to the City, there have been no complaints about the ramp.
• Provide at least one shaded area between Pier Village and Brighton Ave. for the health and well-being of
walkers and beachgoers.
• Replace broken pavers north of Pier Village using the Green Acres funds provided for this purpose.
• Replace the sand ramp at the Great Lawn entrance – carts are almost impossible to use at this extremely
popular beach.
• Insure the safety of walkers, etc. considering all the bikers using the same paths during the summer.

It became obvious last July that the City was not willing to consider our recommendations. Their insensitivity became even more apparent this winter at two city council meeting when our committee again asked that they consider these recommendations for the upcoming summer season. It's been 17 months since the storm. Is this really the best they can do? All of our recommendations have been rejected. The City will spend no money to remedy these conditions and is unwilling to discuss its vision of the new boardwalk with us.

JOIN US AT THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING APRIL 8

Our committee represents all of you----home owners, condo owners, renters, beachgoers, walkers, bicyclists, joggers, etc. If you're not happy with the conditions along Ocean Ave., please join us at the next council meeting and Speak Up about conditions along the Boardwalk.

City Council Meeting
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
7:30 PM
344 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ


We thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
The Save Ocean Ave. Committee

http://www.saveoceanave.com

OCEAN AVE COMMITTEE - NEW RECOMMENDATIONS FEBRUARY 2014

 

           The  Ocean Avenue committee is committed  to continue  its’ work with the City of Long Branch to  help recreate the new boardwalk, roadways and Green Acres Linear Parks, since all was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.  We present the following recommendations and ideas from meetings with the presidents of condo associations and condo boards and members, from the interactive website, with 150 volunteers and from residents, visitors, walkers, joggers and people who daily use the boardwalk, roadways and beaches all year long.

 
IMMEDIATE  NEEDS  UNTIL THE NEW BOARDWALK IS COMPLETED;

1.     Fix the ramp at Cottage Place to allow more beach access this summer, until the handicapped access ramp  can be repaired at the south end of the boardwalk  and provide a ramp the same as at Pier Village.

2.     Replace the unsightly six foot cyclone fencing south of North Bath Avenue to increase visitors to the beach and boardwalk, and allow full sight of the beaches and ocean.

3.     Make the existing roadway path for walkers safer. The walking path for pedestrians on the East side of south   Ocean Avenue needs signs for the management of walkers, joggers and bikes, etc.

4.     Keep the traffic flow one way south from Morris Avenue to South Bath Avenue for the continued safety of all people using the pathway from Pier Village to Brighton Avenue. Extend the bike path north after the new boardwalk is built.

5.     Make more places to sit along the boardwalk and linear parks this summer, for the many people who will use the roadway from Brighton Avenue north to Seven Presidents Park.

 WHEN IT BECOMES POSSIBLE

1. Build the new south end Ocean Avenue boardwalk as wide as possible.

2.   Improve the Green Acre linear parks with shade areas, landscaped sitting areas and greenery.

3.  New traffic signs are needed at the southern green acres linear park to prevent vehicle entry.

4.  Follow through on the plan to have entrance signs into the linear parks and entire boardwalk from north to south.

5. Repaint the bike path and complete it, from south to north.  Continue to repaint the cross walks, fire  hydrant  and no parking curbs to improve pedestrian safety, and   parking.  Put up more pedestrian sandwich board crossing signs on each corner along Ocean Avenue with moving traffic. Sandwich board pedestrian crossing signs should be left out until November and put back out in March for pedestrian safety. Plow the south boardwalk for year round use. Plow all of Ocean Avenue, and the Green Acre Linear Parks for safety in the winter months.

6. Continue to  Improve the safety of crossing Ocean Blvd.  Especially from South Bath Ave. to Brighton  Ave to get to the beach and boardwalk. Increase signage , more safe speed enforcement, encouraging county improvements and speed reduction, and signal devices.

7. Improve the Ocean Walk with; historical information boards, art history boards, paintings, maps at beach access points, new street signs at roads leading to the boardwalk, banners , flower pots, new bathrooms, etc.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

SUBMITTED  TO THE  LONG BRANCH CITY COUNCIL  AND MAYOR      FEBRUARY 25, 2014             



SAVE OCEAN AVE. COMMITTEE ACHIEVEMENTS SINCE 2007:
  • Petitioned to keep the 2 Green Acres protected linear parks along Ocean Ave. traffic free.
  • Advocated for dogs on the beach during the off-season and helped get more doggie bag dispensers along Ocean Ave.

  • Instrumental in getting Port-a-John’s at Cottage Place replaced with artistically painted bathrooms.  Requested handicap parking for easy beach access.
  • Initiated the painting and installation of 6 historical pier and beach paintings.
  • Supported the construction of a handicap ramp to the beach on the south end of the boardwalk. 
  • Asked for street signs naming intersecting streets Ocean Ave.
  • Requested “Moby Mats” at beach access points for easier footing on the beach.
  • Instrumental in getting beachfront maps posted at every beach access in case of an emergency.
  • Worked with each of Long Branch’s Public Safety Directors to improve safety along the beachfront.  This included pedestrian crossing signs, traffic signs, painted crosswalks.
  • Lobbied and met with the Monmouth County Traffic Department to discuss safety issues on Ocean Blvd.  We succeeded with getting digital signage, pedestrian crossing signs and painted crosswalks.
  • Wrote letters of support for the City to get grants for traffic signal devices and lower speed limit on Ocean Blvd. to improve the safety of pedestrians crossing the road.
  • Successfully met with the State and Green Acres to advocate for the approval of multiple city requests for funds to improve and enhance the 2 Ocean Ave. linear parks.  Contracts were signed before Hurricane Sandy to replace boardwalk railings and repave the roadways.
  • Proposed bringing more historical recognition to the boardwalk by naming it Seven Presidents Ocean Walk.  A resolution to that effect was passed by the City.
  • Established an interactive website www.saveoceanave.com for people to learn more about us, make suggestions or complaints or to share your ideas.  The SOA Committee and the website represent all who use the Long Branch boardwalk---families, visitors, homeowners condo owners, renters.  It is the voice of anyone who cares about the boardwalk.  If you care about and use the boardwalk, join our 150 volunteers by registering online.              

The Save Ocean Ave Committee is a subcommittee of the Long Branch Coalition of Condominiums Association, which is made up of presidents and representatives of condo associations, who represent many hundreds of condo owners and renters.  The committee also represents home owners and visitors to our City. 

OCEAN AVENUE COMMITTEE UPDATE

07/01/2013

Hello to all our supporters, volunteers, and visitors to our website,

The Ocean Avenue Committee has been working hard these past few months with Long Branch city officials since Hurricane Sandy’s devastating destruction of our beaches, seawalls, bluffs, boardwalk, and Ocean Avenue roadway.  As of this writing, most, if not all, beach access points have been opened, including one at Brighton Avenue, with large beautifully constructed platforms that we advocated for and helped to get. The City has done a great job in a short time.

We meet with City officials every month with ideas and recommendations for the beachfront and Ocean Boulevard.  These ideas come from us, our supporters, O.A.C. volunteers, visitors to our www.saveoceanave.com website, and from people we meet every day along Ocean Ave.

One of our most important accomplishments, after 5 years of lobbying with City officials, was the creation of a traffic free roadway along the beachfront for pedestrians from South Bath Avenue to Pier Village.  The southern Green Acres traffic free linear park is now finally connected to the northern Green Acres traffic free linear park. People can now walk safely along the entire beachfront!  The new widened boardwalk may take a year or two to complete.  In the meantime, there are issues regarding the safety and comfort that need to be addressed right now.   Our recommendations are as follows:

  • Create shade areas for people looking to seek refuge from the scorching sun.
  • Provide more seating along the beachfront.
  • The handicap access at Cottage Place, which was partially destroyed by the storm, needs to be extended so that it can serve as a beach access ramp.
  • Sandwich board pedestrian crossing signs are needed on Ocean Avenue at each street leading to the beach with repainted cross walks, and yellow curbs for safety and to ensure cars are not parking illegally.
  • Zigzag  fencing at the south end of the Ocean Avenue needs replacing for the safety of
    walkers, runners, and high speed bikers.
  • All organizations that use Ocean Avenue for their events should be required to pay a fee to the city to help restore the boardwalk and to help finance these much needed projects.
  • The southern end of Ocean Blvd. needs to be made safer for people to get to the oceanfront. More cross walks, more pedestrian crossing signs, flashing lights, and speeding ticket enforcement are needed.

This past year we have sold shirts and sweatshirts to raise money for these projects and recommendations.  Donations can be made to the Ocean Avenue Committee on our website www.saveoceanave.com   or can be made directly to any of our committee members listed below.  Please visit the website and share your concerns. The site is interactive. Volunteers who give us their e-mail addresses will be sent updates, and, when the time comes, will have the ability to work with us to help restore the boardwalk and beachfront.

              Dennis Sherman

              Mary Jean Lepis

              Bill McLaughlin

              Bob Kenyon

                 Wally Bruchman



LONG BRANCH BOARDWALK WRECKED BY SANDY


The Long Branch boardwalk was severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy from Pier Village south to Brighton Avenue and the remaining boards were pulled out by the city citing safety reasons.  The city is currently planning to rebuild a wider, safer, and sturdier boardwalk but has no plans to guarantee it's construction even for the 2014 summer season.  

The Ocean Avenue committee believes strongly that the city should do everything in its power to complete the new boardwalk in time for summer of 2014.  Other towns are already rebuilding theirs and will have them up and running this summer.

While we wait there are some things that should be done immediately to make the Ocean Walk area safe for walkers, joggers, wheel chairs, bikes - you name it  because they will all be back when the weather is warmer.


IMMEDIATE RECOMMENDATIONS
  • MAKE THE VEHICLE TRAFFIC NEXT TO THE BOARDWALK ONE WAY SO THE  ROAD  ALONG THE BOARDWALK BECOMES SAFER FOR PEDESTRIANS 

  • REPAIR THE HANDICAP RAMP AT COTTAGE AVENUE SO THERE IS BEACH ACCESS FOR THE PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED  FIRST
     
  • CLEAR THE SAND AND ROADWAY FROM PIER VILLAGE TO BRIGHTON AVENUE FOR WALKER SAFETY 

  • REPLACE THE CURRENT TEMPORARY FENCING WITH A SHORTER MORE STABLE FENCE ALONG THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE BOARDWALK TO IMPROVE WALKING SAFETY 

  • F IX THE STREET SIGNS AND DOGIE PICK UP CONTAINERS ALONG THE BOARDWALK SO DOG WASTE CAN BE DISPOSED OF PROPERLY 

  • PUT BACK SOME OF THE  TRASH  AND RECYCLING CONTAINERS ALONG THE SIDEWALK ON OCEAN AVENUE FOR WASTE AND GARBAGE 

  • PUT BACK AS MANY BOARDWALK BENCHES ON THE WEST SIDE OF  OCEAN AVE
NEW BOARDWALK RECOMMENDATIONS

  • WIDEN BOARDWALK AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE

  • INSTALL NEW RAILS AND NEW ASPHALT FROM FUNDS PROVIDED  BY GREEN ACRES GRANT

  • INSTALL  GAZEBOS MODELED AFTER PIER VILLAGE ARCHITECTURE - FOR SHADE AREAS FOR THE HOT SUMMER SUN

  • PUT UP MORE BENCHES AND LANDSCAPED AREAS ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE BOARDWALK
  • PAINT CROSSWALKS ON ALL STREETS ALONG BOARDWALK LEADING TO THE BEACH
  • INSTALL PEDESTRIAN CROSS WALK SIGNS AT EVERY STREET AND REINSTALL ALL TRAFFIC BARRIERS  AND SIGNAGE TO PREVENT CARS FROM ENTERING THE NORTH AND SOUTH LINEAR GREEN  ACRES PARKS

  •  PUT UP MORE PEDESTRIAN SANDWICH BOARD STATE  LAW SIGNS IN ROAD AT EVERY STREET ALONG BOARDWALK
  • INSTALL FIVE NEW HISTORICAL   4 X 8 FT  HISTORY PAINTINGS ON BOARDWALK LIKE THE SEVEN THAT SURVIVED THE HURRICANE AND ARE REMOVABLE

  •  REPAINT THE BICYCLE PATH AND CLEARLY CONNECT IT TO THE ENTIRE BOARDWALK

  • INSTALL HISTORICAL INFORMATION BOARDS  ALONG BOARDWALK WITH LONG BRANCHES FAMOUS SPOTS, HOTELS AND HISTORY
  • MAKE OFFICIAL ENTRANCE WAYS TO THE BOARDWALK AT BRIGHTON AND SEAVIEW AVENUE WITH OVERHEAD SIGNS ANNOUNCING SEVEN PRESIDENTS OCEAN WALK
  • PUBLISIZE AND PUT UP SIGNAGE FOR   THE  ONLY TWO NO TRAFFIC, GREEN ACRE,  LINEAR PARKS ALONG THE BOARDWALK  AT THE NEW JERSEY SHORE

  •  INSTALL ALONG THE BOARDWALK BANNER POLES SIMILAR TO THE ONES ON THE  PROMENADE TO ADVERTISE THE ATTRACTIONS OF LONG BRANCH 
     
  • AT EVERY ACCESS POINT PUT UP THE NEW LINEAR LONG BRANCH MAP TO SHOW PEOPLE THEIR LOCATION AT THE BEACH 
     
  • REINSTALL CROSS STREET SIGNS AT OCEAN AVENUE/BOARDWALK

                                                                                August, 2011

Hello Save Ocean Avenue Supporters,

We hope you're all well.  Believe it or not, it's been 4 years since our committee formed as a result of the City's plan to put traffic on our 2 Green Acres Linear Parks on Ocean Ave.  Thanks to all of you, those areas remain traffic-free.  We continue to monitor Ocean Avenue and have been committed to improving its safety and beauty.  As you may know, our committee is responsible for naming the boardwalk Seven Presidents Ocean Walk.

We've been busy meeting monthly with City Administrator Howard Woolley. We've also met with Mayor Schneider, the Public Safety Director, members of the Police Department, the head of Public Works and the head of Community and Economic Development.  We continue to present our recommendations which include providing shade areas along the boardwalk, more Green Acres signage, Seven Presidents Ocean Walk signage, repairs to the pavers at the north end of the Ocean Walk, additional traffic safety, flower pots, historic storyboards, and additional historic postcard scenes.  Ultimately, we'd like to see the boardwalk widened.

It's been a slow process, but progress has been made these past four years.  Some of the changes we have activated include replacement of boards, new bathrooms at Cottage Place, bike racks, bike paths, benches on the west side of Ocean Avenue, additional Mutt Mitts, street signs, picnic benches, old postcard scenes painted at Cottage and more traffic safety signage. The city is awaiting Green Acres grant money for the replacement of the boardwalk railings and for some repaving on Ocean Avenue.  (This grant was applied for at our request.)

We are also working to improve the safety of Ocean Boulevard (a county road), especially for pedestrians trying to cross it.  In early August, the committee went to Freehold to meet with the county traffic engineers to discuss recommendations to improve the safety of Ocean Boulevard.  At our request, they changed the wording on the digital flashing signs from Heavy Pedestrian Traffic to State Law - Stop for Pedestrians Crossing.  They're also looking at the possibility of a traffic light at Cottage Place or Matilda Terrace.  We're hoping they'll reduce the speed limit for the summer months as well. 

The Save Ocean Ave Committee will continue its commitment to the safety and beauty of the oceanfront.  For more information or to make suggestions or comments, please visit us at http://www.saveoceanave.com


Dennis Sherman
Wally Bruchman
Bob Kenyon
Mary Jean Lepis
Bill McLaughlin

It's Official: Seven Presidents Ocean Walk

Much to the delight of residents, the Long Branch City Council approved a resolution to rename the boardwalk pathway along the oceanfront as Seven Presidents Ocean Walk at Long Branch.

The council was praised by residents at the Aug. 11 meeting as they voted to approve the resolution 4-0. Councilman Brian Unger was absent for the vote.

The idea for the renaming was presented at the July 28 meeting by Dennis Sherman, representing the Save Ocean Avenue Committee, who suggested the council make the name change by passing a resolution.

The original resolution would have resulted in changing the name of the boardwalk to Seven Presidents Ocean Walk.




CITY MAKES MANY IMPROVEMENTS TO BOARDWALK

The City has made many improvements to the Boardwalk and Ocean Avenue area over the past year.  The Save Ocean Avenue Committee is very happy that the improvements have been made and we are continuing to work with the City to fix additional areas for improvement and new ideas are developed.  You can click on the pictures below to see a larger picture with more info:


NEW SHOWERS ON BEACHES


GREEN ACRES SIGNS


NEW BICYCLE RACKS


MUTT MITTS


SAND AT WEST END


NEW ENTRANCE STAIRS


RESTROOM IMPROVEMENTS


SIGNS ON BEACHES


NEW STREET SIGNS


NEW REST ROOMS


HANDICAP RAMP


HANDICAP RAMP


BENCHES ON WEST SIDE 


NEW BOARDS 


CROSSING SIGNS


BICYCLE LANE


SAVE OCEAN AVE COMMITTEE PRESENTS NEW 
SEVEN PRESIDENTS OCEAN WALK CONCEPT TO TOWN COUNCIL

Dennis Sherman, committee chairman, presented the new Seven Presidents Ocean Walk concept to the town council last week in a town council workshop meeting.  The Ocean Walk concept is actually Ocean Ave from Brighton in West End to Seven Presidents Park reborn as the traffic free, pedestrian and bike-friendly version that our citizens have come to enjoy.

The goal is to naturalize and beautify the Walk - making it a Greenway so that its beauty lasts for many, many years.  Features will include historical markers to memorialize the great presidents and high rollers of industry and finance who visited the walk a century or more ago.  The entire roadway would be paved and bike and pedestrian lanes painted.  An extension of the Walk through Seven Presidents Park is being worked on. The Walk would have native plantings and a series of Outdoor art exhibits both permanent and temporary.  

The Walk would tie together the West End, Pier Village, Broadway, and Seven Presidents Park.

The committee also released a list of priority improvements and repairs that they have been working on with the city which includes board and railing repairs, roadway repairs, dogie bag dispensers, more benches, flower pots along the boardwalk, and many more items.  Many of these are currently being worked on by the city. 

The concept was well received by the council and several members offered to help us to achieve our goals and to obtain financial grants where available.  Mayor Schneider commented the "[The Ocean Avenue group] has some very good ideas. some of it is in the works now.  Some of it is hard. Some of it is easier."  

Dennis Sherman closed the presentation by thanking the city for the cooperation they have shown and for the progress that has been made in making repairs and improvements to the Walk.  He also added that there is much more to be done.

City Promises Many Improvements 
to Ocean
Avenue  


This Save Ocean Ave Press Release Appeared:
2 River Times - 4/10/2008
Atlanticville   -  4/11/2008

The Save Ocean Ave Committee has been meeting periodically with Long Branch officials since August to advocate for improvements to areas of Ocean Avenue, especially the Green Acres sections.  The group recognizes that a complete renovation of the boardwalk is not in the budget, so they presented eight recommendations for improvement to Howard Woolley, City Administrator, and to Pratap Talwar, City Planner at a February 19th meeting.  The committee’s hope is that these 8 requests will be realized by Memorial Day weekend of this year. The recommendations include repairing boards and railings along the boardwalk, fixing roadway, curbs and concrete and providing better bathroom facilities at Cottage Place.  The group proposes changing  the traffic pattern on Ocean Avenue from South Bath Avenue to Pier Village to one-way northbound, thus providing space for a designated pathway for pedestrians and bicyclists on the east side of Ocean Avenue. 

Other suggestions include signage for the pathway as well as signage for the Green Acres recreation areas.  The committee expressed concerns about pedestrians trying to cross Ocean Boulevard .  They’d like to see safety measures taken, like a reduced speed limit and pedestrian right of way signs.  The last recommendation is for the city to provide more dogie bag dispensers along Ocean Avenue and to consider a beach area that can be used by dogs and their owners.

Woolley and Talwar addressed the list of recommendations at the latest meeting with committee on March 6th .  Woolley assured the group that a supply of boards has been delivered and that workers will soon begin replacing a stretch of boardwalk by Morris Avenue and a stretch by the West End concession stand.  The railings are in the process of being repaired.  The Department of Public Works will patch the roadway and repair the curbs and concrete where possible.   The comfort station at Cottage Place will be razed and two portable handicap-access bathroom units with sinks will be hooked up at the site.  (The group was pleased to see that the comfort station was razed on March 10th) Outdoor shower unit options are being investigated at this time for all beaches.  As an added bonus, bike racks may be installed at all beach entrances as well.

Mayor Adam Schneider and city officials are in favor of the recommendation for changing the traffic pattern on Ocean Avenue to a one-way northbound from South Bath Avenue to Pier Village .   The city’s traffic department is currently looking at the feasibility of the plan.  A request to the NJ Department of Transportation must be made for approval of the plan.  Talwar addressed the signage requests.  He said that the Department of Public Works should be able to handle the road markings for the pedestrian and bicycle pathway.  He would like to design Long Branch Beach signs to post at each beach entrance.  Woolley promised to call Green Acres to request signage for the designated recreation areas.   Woolley and Talwar, as well as the city’s traffic department and city engineer will meet with the county traffic department to petition safety measures for pedestrians crossing the county roadway.  A meeting date has not been scheduled yet.  Lastly, city officials promised to provide more dogie bag dispensers along the ocean front.  They are also looking at ordinances from other towns that permit limited beach access to dogs and their owners.  A compromise may be reached allowing off-season use of the beach.  This topic will be addressed again at a later date.

The Save Ocean Ave Committee is pleased with the responses it received regarding the eight recommendations.  The group is anxious to see the plans materialize.  The committee looks forward to continuing its relationship with Long Branch officials. 

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