Mayor Vaz to form focus group on Water Utility rates in Seaside Heights….

March 31, 2018

By Peter J. Smith

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Seaside Heights Water Utility customers received some sticker shock when they opened their bills in 2018.

“The Water Utility has been underfunded for years, leading to the increase.” said Councilman Harry M. Smith.

Mayor Dr. Anthony Vaz is now forming a focus group of citizens to re-vamp the rate structure and make it more fair to everyone.

“It’s like a mortgage.” said Mayor Vaz. “We have to come up with a certain amount of money per year to keep the utility going.  We have some year-round residents, some that just come for the warmer months, and businesses to consider.”

The Seaside Heights Water Utility requires a full-time staff in the office, the water tower and facilities, water treatment plant and in the field of the 3/4-mile long by 1/2 mile wide Borough.

Councilman Lou DiGuilio, retired Seaside Heights Director of Public Works, “who knows more about the water utility than anybody.” according to The Mayor, will lead the focus group.

A hearing about the water rates will be held at the monthly meeting of the Seaside Heights Property Owner’s Association, at 8 p.m. Friday, April 6th at the Seaside Heights Community Center, 1000 Bay Boulevard.  Speaking will be Mayor Vaz, Borough Administrator Chris Vaz, Councilman DiGuilio and Brian Hoffnagle, lead technician for the water department.

Mayor Vaz says he hopes to have new water rates in place by November 2018.

The Mayor and Council is very concerned and proactive about this issue, said Mayor Vaz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sherri Ensor, Seaside Heights Teacher of The Year

March 13, 2016

IMG_1073Congratulations to Sherri Enderson Ensor, who was named Teacher of The Year at Hugh J. Boyd, Jr. Elementary School in Seaside Heights for the 2015/2016 school year.

#1 Around Globe, The 1975 to perform in Seaside Heights

March 13, 2016

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The 1975, a British alternative band that has the #1 album in both the United Kingdom and the United States this week, will play the beach in Seaside Heights June 18th. 
The album is titled, “I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It”.
The news was released by Seaside Heights Borough Administrator Christopher J. Vaz on Monday March 7th at 10 a.m.
The 1975 thing is huge, and they blew up overnight. They are playing all these major cities and then Seaside Heights.” an insider said.
The festival headlined is called, “Shadow Of The City”. The group’s latest single is called Sound.
Seaside Heights hosted a huge and successful concert with another British phenomenon in June 2015: Mumford & Sons and their “Gentleman of the Road” tour. 
Other bands in the festival will be announced March 14th.
The group’s name comes from some writing found on the back of a book read by lead singer Matt Healy. The book, by beat poet Jack Kerouac, read, “1 June-The 1975”.

Ocean County Freeholders now involved in Casino Pier land swap

March 13, 2016

The Board of Chosen Freeholders in Ocean County have pledged to save the sacred Dentzel and Looff Carousel in Seaside Heights, and thus expand the Casino Pier in an expanded version of the Seaside Heights and swap deal to be discussed March 22nd.

In an attempt to save more open space in the land deal between The Borough of Seaside Heights and the Storino family, owners of the Casino Pier in Seaside Heights, Ocean County officials will vow not to develop about 7 acres of land near the Winding River Park in Toms River that it acquired, it was said by Freehold John Bartlett.

           The land swap in Seaside Heights originally traded just over an acre of beach at Sherman Avenue to double the pier to include a roller coaster and a huge Ferris Wheel for a smaller lot along the Boardwalk between Carteret and Sampson Avenues. The original part of the pier went out into the ocean and was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy, thus the iconic picture of the roller coaster in ocean. In the swap, the 1910 carousel would be deeded to The Borough, to be used as a centerpiece of a future, planned museum.

     Under DEP rules, at least 4 acres of open space must be preserved. The Toms River Township area would exceed, and nearly double the requirement.

      Public discussion of the matter will occur on 3/22 at 6 p.m. at the George E. Tompkins Municipal Complex Annex, above the Firehouse, 116 Sherman Avenue, Seaside Heights.

Casino Pier Expansion/Carousel/Land Swap Hearing March 22nd

February 26, 2016

A public comments hearing regarding the proposed beach land swap that would ultimately lead to the doubling, and a $40 million investment in Casino Pier, will be held March 22nd at 6 p.m. in the Annex Courtroom, above the Seaside Heights Firehouse, 116 Sherman Avenue, The George Tompkins Municipal Complex.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will take public and written comments to the proposed land swap between the Borough of Seaside Heights and The Storino Family, owners of Casino Pier. The Borough would be trading the little used beach between Sherman and Sheridan Avenue for land along the oceanfront, facing the boardwalk, between Carteret and Sampson Avenues, the old Pleasure Island property.

At the crux of the issue is the salvation of the sacred 1910 Dentzel and Loof carousel, which is part of the trade, and would be housed in a proposed building to be located at the newly ascertained property. The Carousel is seen as the symbol of the Borough, and its loss would be crippling, as attested when the carousel was planned to be dismantled and sold at auction in the Summer of 2014.

If Casino Pier was to expand, plans are to add a giant Ferris Wheel large enough to continue to regain the skyline of Seaside Heights in the amusement arena, and a large roller coaster to symbolically replace the roller coaster in the ocean, lost to Hurricane Sandy.

According to Borough Administrator Christopher J. Vaz, The DEP requires two hearings.

The Borough Mayor and Council and business community are for the project, which is seen as a vital step in the re-development of the Borough in the wake of Sandy and the 2013 fire. There were some opponents from the public.

People can send written comments to New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Green Acres Program, Bureau of Legal Services and Stewardship, Mail code 501-01, 501 East State Street, P.O. Box 420, Trenton, NJ 08625-0420 and give a copy to Christopher J. Vaz, Seaside Heights Borough Administrator.