Tuckerton Receives Life Ring for South Green Street Park

By Pat Johnson | Sep 11, 2019
Photo by: Pat Johnson Members of the Tuckerton Beach Association donate a life ring for the South Green Street Park. From right, Jamie Gross, TBA president, Tuckerton Mayor Susan Marshall, TBA Secretary Bunny Baumann and Renee Gioiello, TBA first vice president.

Tuckerton — Shortly after the renovated South Green Street Park in Tuckerton was reopened for the summer, members of the Tuckerton Beach Association noted there was no convenient way to rescue a person who might fall into the bay from the fishing pier or bulkhead.

That dilemma was solved when the association gave a life ring flotation device to the mayor and council during the Sept. 3 council meeting.

Association officers Jamie Gross, president; Renee Gioiello, vice president; and Bunny Baumann, secretary, presented the life ring to Mayor Susan Marshall.

Also at the meeting, the council awarded a contract for an updated “Livescan” computer program for the Tuckerton Police Department. The borough will pay 25 percent of the $27,426 price tag that includes three years of maintenance. The rest is paid through a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant. Livescan takes digital fingerprints and mug shots and compares them with state and federal law enforcement data banks for outstanding warrants and background checks.

During the public comment period, a resident of Heron Road was told the repaving of that street is imminent; the street was torn up in 2018 to replace water and sewer lines and was only paved with a topcoat.

Also, the living shoreline project on South Green Street is being worked on again. Albert Marine Construction of Waretown was awarded the contract in August 2018 and had started the project in June but stopped after only a short period of work.

The project is part of a grant shared with Little Egg Harbor for the Iowa Court living shoreline. Albert Marine had the lowest responsible bid of $1,507,067. The cost for the two projects will come from two grants, what is left of a $2.1 million National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant awarded in May 2015 and a $400,000 state Department of Environmental Protection resiliency grant awarded in 2018.

Councilman John Schwartz said the contractor had probably gone back to work on the project on Iowa Court this summer, but now that project is done and work has shifted to Tuckerton. “They delivered five truckloads of rocks out of Maryland today and they are moving the bobcat around on the barge,” Schwartz said.

The “living shoreline” is actually a rock wall or jetty that will intercept wave action and save the beach from further erosion and protect South Green Street, a county road. When finished, the rock jetty will have navigational lights on both ends.

— Pat Johnson

 

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