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A Turkey Of A Thanksgiving Post

You know I hate posting on major holidays because I only enjoy posting when I have something new for you.  It may be new information to share, or it may be some original new thoughts I may have about a subject.  The important thing to me, and the thing that I believe is the reason for the number of visitors that I have, is that I don’t waste your time with crap that you could read any place else.

So what can be said here on Thanksgiving that isn’t already being said all over the rest of the place?

Nothing, really.

So anyway I’m thankful for my family and my good friends and my good health and that my recent surgery went OK and I hope all of you have lots and lots of things you can be thankful for as well.

Now that’s what I call a Thanksgiving turkey!

Next Tuesday’s Agenda

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Paff’s Good Point

A really good point that John Paff makes at the end of the story below is that by settling these civil cases without trial (and with taxpayer dollars) the public is denied the opportunity to learn just exactly what happened in these cases and whether or not there was improper behavior by those on the public payroll.

Just digging around in the Coast Star netted these four cases Belmar has settled since 2012: Screen Shot 2015-11-25 at 12.28.57 PMScreen Shot 2015-11-25 at 12.29.16 PMScreen Shot 2015-11-25 at 12.29.22 PMScreen Shot 2015-11-25 at 12.29.29 PM

If I Lived In Tinton Falls, I’d Be Fuming

I ran across this story on More Monmouth Musings and bring you the original source story from the great John Paff”s NJ Civil Settlements blog.

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So now David Scrivanic, the alleged water thief, has been promoted from sergeant to lieutenant. His brother, John Scrivanic is now the chief, and the guy who was chief when all this was going on, Gerald Turing, is now the mayor.

And the taxpayers had to pay $527,500 to achieve this outcome.

Not Keen On Kivvit

Mag’s new outfit has its detractors.

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Chefs Agreed To Comply With CAFRA Permit

And knew what it allowed!

I have the original redevelopment contract signed between Chefs International and the Borough:

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Marina/Maclearie Problems Multiply

Green Acres rules ignored as public kept in dark, state kept in dark. CAFRA violations also unresolved.

Here are the minutes of the one and the only “public hearing” on the proposed improvements to marina and Maclearie Park under the Green Acres program.  Screen Shot 2015-11-21 at 12.28.52 PM

It is not clear who attended the hearing or who took the minutes, but the purpose of the hearing was to inform the public and the state of the planned “Renovation of the existing commercial building serving the Belmar marina and the lease of the renovated building to a restaurant/bar operator to support additional improvements planned for the marina”.

The only public notice of the hearing was run in the notices section of the Asbury Park Press in November and December of 2013.

As you are aware the building has not been renovated, in fact it has been torn down, and we are now on our third iteration of entirely new building plans drawn up for the site. No new hearings for any building designs were ever held as Green Acres requires.  No information about any changes were ever sent to Green Acres and as far as Green Acres is aware, we are still planning to renovate what is now a pile of dust.

The “main building parcel” (where the Fisherman’s Den parcel was) and all other marina park land, including L Street beach and Maclearie Park land are encumbered with the NJDEP Green Acres program with all its restrictions and rules that apply.  One rule is that there must be public hearings on any projects or changes to projects that are funded by and therefore restricted by Green Acres.

As has been previously pointed out on these pages, both the primary building site and its surrounding park land, including Maclearie Park have also been encumbered by a 2010 CAFRA permit and all the regulations that apply to that coastal permitting.

While there were three public hearings on applications for various funding for a plan to redevelop Maclearie Park, there were no advertised public hearings on the plan itself.  Since all of Maclearie Park is Green Acres funded park land, going back even prior to 1972, pubic hearings needed to be held with respect to any proposed projects.  None were ever held, at least that I can find evidence of.

Substantial changes have been made to the Maclearie Park plan three times in the last two years.  Substantial changes have been made to the plans for the marina building three times in the last three years.  Green Acres rules would have required an advertised public hearing on each and every one of these major changes. Again, there have been no Green Acres hearings I can find. Not a single one.

So aside from failing to apply for a revised CAFRA permit to build a marina building that’s completely different from what they were permitted to build, the administration has apparently ignored Green Acres requirements about keeping the public and Green Acres informed of any planned new projects or any major changes to existing plans for the area.

As many of you probably saw in the comments, former council president and current Democratic party chairwoman Claire Deicke said of my last post on the topic that “all has been dealt with-borough and engineer reps have resolved concerns posted”.  And you probably saw the OPRA request I made to try to verify her statement and later the response I got from that OPRA request, which I posted up here last Wednesday (the day after major surgery, wow, what dedication!)  But I haven’t yet published my follow up request, which was as follows, including April’s two responses:


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This tells me two things.  Claire’s claim notwithstanding, no borough official had any communication with anyone at DEP about the violations outlined in the DEP’s complaint and secondly that DeCotiis’s plans to be submitted under the “revised” CAFRA permit have not yet been submitted and therefore could not possibly yet be approved.

The only things that do currently exist are the four forbidden projects built in violation of the CAFRA permit, and the four CAFRA permit violations  that continued un-remedied to this date.

BTW, because I am of a certain vintage, the term “Green Acres” always reminds me of the 1960s sitcom with Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor.  My favorite character was Mr. Haney, who…..wait! Here he comes now with the new marina building we ordered from him.FullSizeRender-2

Hey Mr. Haney.  I thought the building you promised us was going to be much bigger and fancier than that thing!

Same old Mr. Haney.  We should have known better.

Last Week

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Code Blue!

NewJersey’s 101 most dangerous, 2015 released.

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DuPont Loses Recount

From Red Bank Green:

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