Hello, everyone, hope you are all enjoying the boardwalk and ocean during this beautiful fall winter weather!
Work has started on making Ocean Boulevard safer. The meeting I had with freeholder Tom Arnone has resulted in the starting of new repairs and construction plans to improve traffic and safety issues along Ocean Boulevard. At the second meeting with the city this and other issues were discussed and the city will be scheduling a second meeting for more follow up in February 2023.
Another goal of the SOA/LBCC committee has been to improve the safety for people and for bikes on Ocean Boulevard and Ocean Avenue by the boardwalk. There has been good progress on Ocean Boulevard and the cities bike committee, who has gotten the bike study grant approved. Meetings with the state and county officials to implement the new bike ways grant for the entire city and ocean front are being scheduled. This grant will put bike way paths throughout the entire city and oceanfront and improve bike and pedestrian safety. The bike grant committee is seeking community input for the implementation of the new bikeways grant. Our website, saveoceanave.com has a link for community input.
As a result of the Vine court petition that many of you signed, our meetings with the police department and city to improve police presence along the ocean front and especially in the green acre linear parks where no traffic is allowed are continuing. This is true especially true during the fall and summer months. We have asked for more signage and “children at play signs” to help slow down the speeding electric bikes.
Also you should be aware the boardwalk bathrooms are now closed except for the bath room at Lard Street. Porta johns will be put up at Cottage Avenue for the winter.
The SOA/LBCC committee is committed to the above goals and
the improvement of safely crossing and riding bikes on Ocean Boulevard and
Ocean Avenue along the boardwalk. The next meeting with the city to discuss
these issues and the Vine Court Petition will be scheduled for February 2023.
Remember your voice counts!!!!!!!!
Chairman Save Ocean Ave Committee
everyone, hope you are all enjoying the boardwalk and ocean during this
beautiful fall weather,,,,,,,,,
As a result of the Vine court petition that many of you signed, our meetings with the police department and city to improve police presence along the ocean front and especially in the green acre linear parks where no traffic is allowed are continuing.
The following are the notes from the Long Branch city council president who is following up on our concerns.
1. The county is applying for a TAP grant almost certain that they are going to get it for Ocean Blvd. improvements addressing pedestrian crossing and biking safety.
2. Brighton Ave/Ocean Blvd. work to begin October/November, this year. This project has been awarded and approved.
3.We are having ongoing discussions about the beaches internally about speeding bikes and scooters.
DPW works very hard to keep the
beaches clean, however some people just don’t care and leave garbage
wherever along the beaches and boardwalk and violate dog
5. We are scheduling a meet and greet meeting for October at the arts center, for the entire community for input. We are waiting for a date.
The SOA/LBCC committee is also moving ahead to improve the safety for bikes and pedestrians. Following is some of the correspondence from Anita Voogt, Long Branch city council women, who is the chairperson for the cities bike committee and who has steered and chaired this committee for over a year. The committee and Rich Catanese of the committee, has worked hard to get the study grant approved. The grant is now approved and is being implemented. Following is some of the correspondence concerning the plans to implement the bike ways grant.
The City is happy to announce that Long Branch has been awarded a grant by NJDOT to receive Local Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Technical Assistance with the goal of developing a Complete Streets Implementation Plan. The plan will identify key areas to improve safety and develop mobility and accessibility solutions in the form of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure recommendations. At the heart of these improvements will be a strong emphasis on improved safety, accessibility, and equity for all residents. To make this Plan successful, we need your involvement! With your input, along with other members of the community, and a team of representatives from state agencies and transportation planning professionals, Long Branch is ready to create a holistic and thoughtful plan. There will be a series of public outreach and engagement opportunities. Stay tuned for more details!
Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well,,,,,,,,,,,,, summer is coming,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
is getting warmer and the oyster catchers
have returned to the south end of the Cottage Avenue Beach.
life has roped off the area hoping to give the new eggs a chance to
can see the new site from the boardwalk at Avery and Ocean
will take everyone’s’ help to prevent loose dogs, people, fence
jumpers, and beach
goers, etc., from disturbing the new eggs so they can hatch properly.
catcher is sitting on her egg and waiting for the egg to hatch.
am happy to report that our main
goals have been listened to and include:
A new safe bikeway from north to south along the boardwalk and throughout the city which is being planned. Regular committee meetings are taking place. The preservation of the boardwalks’ north and south green acre traffic free parks is preserved and pleasing art, culture and history of Long Branch will be visible for all to see along the boardwalk and beach access points. Quarter mile markers have been etched into the boardwalk from Pier Village’s Moss Mile south and at every quarter of a mile to Brighton Avenue to encourage healthful walking and jogging. Soon, save ocean avenue art boards of Winslow Homer and 4’by8’ history boards and paintings of Long Branch will be put back up at the beach access points. At the bathrooms at West End Avenue and Cottage Avenue picnic benches and flower boxes will be put back up. Disability services at the beaches continued to help all those that need them. If you haven’t noticed the boardwalk bathrooms at West End and Cottage Avenue are now opened and being used.
city is in process of sending
out to qualified condominium’s
the early reimbursement checks for
lighting and snow removal over payments. If you got a check last year
should expect to get a check this year. The public works department 732 571 5665 can answer any of your
questions concerning these checks and
get changes in
condo board presidents’ names and addresses.
We continue to work on our other SOA/LBCC objectives. One of our most important and continuing goals is to improve the safe crossing of Ocean Boulevard and to get safely across with beach chairs and families to and from the beach. Summer crowds and heavy traffic especially on congested summer weekends make crossing Ocean Boulevard difficult and dangerous. Another goal is to keep improving the road safety for people using the two green acre parks and especially Ocean Avenue from South Bath Avenue to Pier Village where cars and traffic are mixed with bike riders and beach goers that use Ocean Avenue along the boardwalk. This area gets heavily congested during the summer with many cars, bikes, and people.
OCEAN AVENUE COMMIITTEE
Dec 1, 2021
Hello everyone ,hope you are all doing well ,,,,,,,,,,,,,winter is almost here ,,,,,,,
I am happy to tell you the city of Long Branch under the direction of Stan Dziuba Public Works/Emergency Management and the new Director of Public Safety Domingos Salidas have listened to our requests and have made additional changes in traffic safety and enhancing the board walk with art, culture and history. The SOA committee has been working on these goals for a long time and also for the completion of a new bikeway from north to south Long Branch which is underway. There are now more traffic safety signs along Ocean Boulevard and Ocean Avenue. There has been more enforcement of traffic violations on the beach front, for dogs and bikes on the boardwalk, illegal parking and people jumping the boardwalk railings. There are again children at play placards in the roadway on Ocean Avenue in the south green acres linear no traffic park for people to use more safely. The shade park, picnic tables and flower garden boxes are being put back up at the West End road way by the bathroom for all to use and enjoy. The Save Ocean Avenue 4 by 8 ft. art, history, and culture boards of Long Branch are being put back up on the beach at the beach access points along the boardwalk to enhance the ocean walk along the boardwalk. The seven presidents 4 by 8 ft. art board portraits are next to the boardwalk by the roadway as you enter the south green acres linear park at Brighton Avenue, at the beginning of the boardwalk ocean walk to enjoy the start of the ocean walk.
Chairman Save Ocean Ave Committee
Some New Birds Visted Long Branch This Fall:
Above is a group of Sanderlings - an Arctic nesting species that sometimes winters in NJ and below (with the crazy hairdos) are Royal Terns.
everyone, Hope you’re all doing well ,,,,,,
beginning of May is right around the corner. I am happy
to tell you that after much back and forth with the city of Long Branch
and get more safety signs on the roadways earlier, that the city is
put out the pedestrian safety sandwich boards crossing signs on Ocean
and Ocean Avenue at the crosswalks as of May 1,2021. Thanks
to those of
you who have written and asked the city and SOA/LBCC, for safety to be
as quickly as possible. Ocean Boulevard can be made safer with these
year round and not just the summer season, like Sea Bright. Especially
visitors increasing to Long Branch daily because of the covid crisis.
our city residents and visitors and families cross the Boulevard, or
all year round to walk the boardwalk and it dangerous crossing two
traffic going at very fast in both lanes.
goal of the
SOA and LBCC committee, responding to all your questions and requests,
help get a safe new bike way that runs from Lake Takanasssee to
connecting the already traffic free north and south linear green acre
the ocean front on Ocean Avenue, where cars and traffic, currently are
allowed. It is safe to use the two green acre parks without fear of
by a car. We have spent much time and effort with the city of Long
the engineering department of Monmouth County to try and get more
Ocean Boulevard and a new safe bikeway. There is no soft shoulder for
from Pavilion Avenue in front of Pier Village north. Many letters and
discussions have happened from me and SOA/LBCC to try and make this
Last year the idea of a new bike way was finally put into the city’s
plan and a meeting held with the city to try and get bike grants and
No funding for bike grants was put in. The County also put in a
grant to fix all of Ocean Boulevard and the traffic intersection at
Avenue and Ocean Boulevard. A separate bike audit of the city for a new
was completed by the city’s Green Committee and Environmental Committee
results given to the mayor with specific recommendations. All this
A whole year
has passed. To date I have
been told by the county engineer that the study grant was not accepted
new improvement's to Ocean Boulevard. I am not aware after much
any new further action being taken on moving ahead with implementing a
bikeway, or any new plans to improve pedestrian and traffic safety on
Boulevard and Ocean Avenue south of Brighton Avenue.
We are in a
new time at the city
of Long Branch, with many visitors coming to Long Branch year-round,
new condominium buildings opening up along the ocean front by the
station and next to Seven Presidents Park, and there will be even more
congestion. This will result in more people, more cars, more traffic
the oceanfront and north and south of Pier Village ,not only in the
year-round. What new plans are there to improve the safety of Ocean
and Ocean Avenue and when will the the new bike way be
summer the crowds forced beaches to be closed and Ocean Boulevard was
up with traffic especially at Brighton Avenue. What is going to change
year and how quickly will it happen? What are the cities
quickly deal with these problems?
The city has zoom council meetings every other week and the mayor and city council are very accessible and open to phone calls and e mails, and ideas and complaints. Write or call the mayor email@example.com Your voice counts and unless the city makes the safety of Ocean Avenue and Ocean Boulevard and a new safe bikeway a higher priority, nothing more will happen.
I urge all
of you who care, to call
into the city council meeting tonight Wednesday at 7:30 PM and help ask
questions. The numbers to call for council meeting are
1-929-205-6099,1-312-626-6799,1-253-215-8782, then enter meeting
814-3875-1701 followed by the pound # sign. The
city council meets
are every other week at 7:30 PM. Call them. write, speak to
the mayor and
council and ask questions if you care about these issues and
safety. Traffic is increasing with every new day of warmer weather
counts only if you use
it. We ask you to help communicate these issues to the city
Chairman Save Ocean Ave Committee
THE SAVE OCEAN AVENUE LOGO of LONG BRANCH