Little Egg Harbor Cracking Down on Floating Docks

Nov 20, 2019
Photo by: Pat Johnson Dredging of lagoons on the east side of Radio Road in Mystic Island is about halfway complete. A bucket loads de-watered mud into a truck for disposal in Cardiff. The de-watering site is on East Playhouse Drive.

Little Egg Harbor Township is getting its lagoons cleaned up – dredging of the lagoons on the east side of Radio Road in Mystic Island is halfway completed, said Committeeman Ray Gormley during the Nov. 14 municipal meeting, with 650 cubic yards of material removed from three lagoons. Now the committee has introduced an ordinance to add penalties for those who do not repair or remove unsafe floating docks, cantilevered docks and boatlifts attached to their bulkheads. A landowner would have 10 days to comply from the date of the township notice or face a fine of between $200 to $1,000 per day the issue remains. They could also face jail time for not more than 90 days. A second reading and passage of the ordinance have not been established.

A resolution passed by the committee also takes New Jersey Natural Gas to task if it doesn’t repair street road openings correctly, fining it $10,000 per hole. This was made part of the franchise renewal contract that still must be signed by NJNG and get New Jersey Board of Public Utilities approval.

Committeeman Blaise Scibetta reported he is researching the possibility of getting an EV (electrical vehicles) charging station in Little Egg Harbor, perhaps at the Justice Complex. “The closest EV charging station is in Barnegat to our north or past New Gretna to our south. It takes four hours to charge a vehicle, and we could be getting those customers to utilize our businesses,” he said. Little Egg would also get Sustainable New Jersey credits to get it to the next, gold level in that program, and that opens up grant opportunities, he added. “By 2025, 30 percent of all vehicles will be EV vehicles.”

Gormley said if the township did get an EV charging station, it could consider EV police and township electric vehicles; Scibetta said it would save in maintenance costs.

Committeeman John Kehm suggested if the township decides to get solar panels on the Justice Complex, then the solar could charge the EV station.

During the public comment period, Joel Nevins, a Vietnam veteran, thanked the mayor and committee for completing the Veterans Park in time for Veterans Day. Nevis had recently relocated from North Jersey.  “People down here are a lot more friendly than up north,” he said. People say, ‘Thank you for your service’ – sometimes I hear it three times a week. You should be proud of your town.”

Another veteran (Iraqi War and Enduring Freedom) came to complain about a situation on his street, East Sail Drive. He said three stormwater outfalls back up during high tides and make traveling difficult.

The township engineer offered to look at the situation and consider the area for a pilot program to install storm check valves that would stop the high tides from coming back into the street. “It’s a developing technology, and we continue to explore these possibilities,” he said.

Art Mooney, U.S. Navy veteran of the USS Turner, Project Mercury, said the new Veterans Park is the cornerstone of turning around the devastation from Superstorm Sandy in the town center. “The town is out of its slump. The town is on the move.”

The committee also approved a change order in the contract for playground equipment for the Little Treasures Playground and will spend $142,857 in dedicated open space and recreation funds. Little Treasures is also on Radio Road within the town center. 

— Pat Johnson

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