Mixed Bag Meeting

Aug 14, 2019

To the Editor:

At the August Long Beach Township commissioners’ meeting, the recurring themes were, again, storms, floods and traffic, as we have seen Island-wide and as reported recently in The SandPaper. Listening to the responses of the mayor and commissioners, it seemed they found many of the issues beyond their scope.

So what is within their purview? At this meeting there was a resolution stating that LBT’s police force could be used to assist ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) – this after the recent shooting targeting Latina at a Walmart in El Paso. This after ICE arrests of hundreds of parents in Mississippi at their workplace. I felt that the resolution was distressing, tone-deaf and in direct contradiction to the directive of our New Jersey attorney general. (It’s interesting how supervening the attorney general is not beyond the commissioners’ purview.)

There were feel-good things like approving local block parties and events, and promoting police officers. I wish the officers’ families had stayed for the meeting. I wonder how all those moms and dads feel about being directed to destroy families and community. Anyway, for me, the feel-good things could not dispel the bad, cold taste of division and intolerance.

As to the town response to storms, floods and traffic, the commissioners’ influence seems to end at the town lines.

Boulevard traffic light safety issues should be brought to the county because it’s a county road. But there will be ongoing policing and education for vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian violations.

Yes, a 102-room hotel planned for Second Street and the bay in Beach Haven will stress traffic, safety, parking, flood areas, as well as sewer, water and electric utilities, but it won’t help for LBT to protest so we won’t. There is a lawsuit pending and there are Beach Haven town meetings; go there (without township support).

On a good note, there are some climate and flood mitigation projects now. Unfortunately, the storms and floods are showing us that more action will be needed even without new, huge hotels. Local politicians on LBI, like our federal ones, need to take responsibility for our precious land, and for creating a safe and welcoming place for all who come here.

Janet Drew

Beach Haven Gardens



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