Iowa Court Bulkhead Is Part of Little Egg Harbor Shore Restoration

By PAT JOHNSON | May 01, 2019
Photo by: Pat Johnson Albert Marine works on the pilings and bulkhead for the shoreline protection project at the end of Iowa Court in Little Egg Harbor.

Little Egg Harbor — One hundred and seventy of a total of 700 linear feet have been bulkheaded in the shoreline restoration project on Iowa Court, township engineer Jason Worth told the township committee at its April 25 meeting.

Once the 700 feet are bulkheaded, the stone and rock shelf can be created to bring the marsh back to its 1977 shoreline, Worth said. After fill is added and grasses planted, the project should be completed in June, he said.

Committeeman Ray Gormley suggested people look at where the bulkhead on Iowa Court follows the 1977 shoreline and see how much storms have eroded the marsh.

When questioned about the status of Veterans’ Park during the public comment period, Worth said the township still has to go out to bid for the gazebo there. It may be finished enough to have a “soft opening” on Memorial Day, but the township is shooting for a July 4 opening, Gormley said.

Thomas Paul of Rocky Road off Great Bay Boulevard said the boulevard from Oak Lane to Atlantis Country Club Lane is in dire need of improvement. “Driving it is like riding a bucking bronco,” he said.

Mayor Barbara Jo Crea asked for some time to look into and fix the matter.

Resident Art Mooney asked about the status of the relationship between the township and its attorneys, Gilmore and Monahan, after the recent conviction of longtime county Republican Chairman and attorney George Gilmore on failure to pay payroll taxes and filing a false loan application.

Crea said that in light of the appeal filed by Gilmore, “It’s a fast-moving situation and we are very much watching it. But you can be assured we are well served by our counsel.”

Township attorney Jean Cipriani, who works for the law firm, asked if she could reply. “It’s a serious situation and I appreciate the township’s patience,” she said. “I will be updating the mayor and committee in executive session. Regardless of the contract, attorneys serve at the will of the governing body.”

Committeewoman Lisa Stevens noted that she and township clerk Diana McCracken will be painting the town pink for the month of May, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Committeeman Blaise Scibetta reminded the public of the Team Up to Clean Up effort. Volunteers can meet on Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Edward Thornton Community Center on Calabreeze Way.

The next township meeting will be May 9, the only meeting of the month, starting the one-meeting-a-month schedule through the summer.  —P.J.



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