The Asbury Park convention center tree was installed and decorated this week. The official lighting ceremony is tonight (Saturday, 11/29/14) at 6pm. The event begins at 5pm with “The Billy Lawlor Band”. Afterwards, at 7pm, with be the Annual Ugly Sweater Party. During the event, donations will be collected for the Asbury Toy and Coat Drive.
Nonno’s Ristorante opened November 15th at 401 Main Street in Bradley Beach. This is the former location of Cerrato’s. According to chef Nicholas Falco, most of the offerings are made from family recipes passed down from generation to generation.
The new traffic light at the intersection of Evergreen and Memorial Drive was finally activated on Friday, 11/14/14 at 10am. It’s the result of a 7 year long project by the Neptune City Council. It involved cooperation with Bradley Beach and several agencies including NJ Transit and the Port Authority.
The new light will provide another way to cross Memorial Drive in addition to the existing light at 6th (Brinley) Avenue. It will additionally have the effect of slowing down traffic as well as reducing pedestrian/bicycle accidents which have occurred over the past several years.
The borough has removed the temporary dunes which were in place at the edge of the ocean just past the high tide point. These had been constructed to provide some measure of protection from storms during the winter months. The removal process was completed over the past weekend.
Bradley Beach has made great progress restoring the dunes which were destroyed during Hurricane Sandy. They’ve completed building fenced in areas filled with Christmas Trees on about (in my rough estimation) 30 – 40% of the length of the beach. From what I’ve heard these will gradually be covered with sand and then planted with dune grass. The roots from the dune grass will anchor themselves in the buried trees and create a fairly solid protective dune. The original dunes were created this way after the ’92 storm and held through most of Sandy resulting in relatively minimal damage along Ocean Avenue.
The town is fixing several of the buildings along the boardwalk which were damaged by the storm.
It looks like things will be in great shape for the opening of the 2013 summer season! Come on down and visit us!
Last week, the town demolished the small structure at Newark Avenue which housed the Honeysuckle Cafe. It hadn’t seemed like the building was too badly damaged by Sandy, but it was presumably beyond repair.
Bradley Beach has made a tremendous amount of progress putting the beach back together. From what I’ve observed, the borough has been working non-stop to re-grade the beach and construct new dunes.
It is for good reason that Governor Christie singled us out as an example of what towns along the coast should be doing to recover from the damage caused by Sandy.
In the next couple of weeks, I’ll start a new photo series to show the progress being made in Bradley Beach, Asbury Park, Ocean Grove and Avon by the Sea.
Here’s a link to the official Monmouth County election results which include a link to Bradley Beach. Congratulations to Gary Engelstad who was elected the new mayor of Bradley Beach!