DEP Taking Comments

Mar 13, 2019

To the Editor:

The Bayview Park revised parking lot construction project is strictly a land use issue. The project will permanently destroy coastal wetlands and wildlife habitat. The state Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Land Use implements New Jersey’s environmental protection strategy. In relation to the Long Beach Township mayor moving forward with the parking lot, the statement in last week’s SandPaper regarding the “township’s month-long public comment period on the revised plan ended March 1” may be true; however, I want to make clear the DEP comment period for the revised project is just starting. 

The revised Bayview Park construction parking project has not yet been reviewed by the DEP. Once the DEP review starts, impacted residents will receive letters from Long Beach Township describing the project plan. Now is the time for all concerned citizens to send comments to the DEP at the following address: NJ DEP Division of Land Use Regulation, P.O. Box 420, Mail Code 501-02A, 501 East State St., Trenton, N.J .08625-0420.

The DEP has received an overwhelming number of letters from residents of Brant Beach and other alarmed citizens regarding their concerns related to the loss of wildlife habitat, impacts to endangered species like the diamondback terrapin, and the potential of impactful flooding hazards to the local area due to filling in the pond, elevating and grading, and restricting the natural water flow in these coastal wetlands. 

Regardless of the size of the project, the wetlands destruction is irrevocable. Concerned citizens can continue to send letters to the DEP up to 90 days after the application is accepted. For questions regarding letter submissions, contact the DEP at 609-984-0500.

“Once destroyed, nature’s beauty cannot be repurchased at any price” – Ansel Adams.

Dave Smith

Brant Beach

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