Barnegat Establishes Donation Program for Dock Rebuild

Program will hopefully offset costs to rebuild.

Area residents interested in owning a piece of the Barnegat Township Municipal Dock are encouraged to contribute to the “Dockmaster’s Donation Program,” which will enable people to have their names placed on bricks and benches at the dock, once the post-Sandy rebuild commences.

Committee member Elaine Taylor said that although much of the costs of the rebuild will likely be reimbursed through FEMA, "it will be costly" to replace, and the township will likely have to absorb some of the cost.

Financial donations of $125 will entitle people to have a brick at the dock with their names. A $500 donation will entitle the donor to have a plate on a bench, and for a $50 donation, a plate will be posted at the site with the donors name. Taylor noted there are limited benches available. 

Taylor was the first to put up a donation at Tuesday's regular committee meeting, donating $125. She said "I'm putting my money where my mouth is, and hopefully everyone will follow suit."

Township Administrator David Breeden said the donations will be put in a subaccount of the Recreation Fund, so that the funds can be tracked and recorded for the dock specifically.

Elaine Taylor February 23, 2013 at 05:00 AM
Donations can be made payable to "Barnegat Dockmaster Fund" and sent/or brought to the Barnegat Clerk's office. We also plan on having donations electronically submitted via the Barnegat website, however, I do not think that is up and running as of yet, it should be ready to go within the week. Regarding the Robin Hood Foundation, I have already checked out their website and it seems to me that the grants given are for non profit groups, not government entities.
Ray February 23, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Hey Elaine, check out page 25 of the Sandpiper. It states that Litlle Egg Mayor John Kehm wrote a letter to the RH Fund and asked for 5 million. On Feb. 14th Kehm announced at the municipal meeting that $300,000 has been awarded.
Larry Cataldo February 23, 2013 at 09:16 PM
Catherine February 24, 2013 at 07:23 PM
It sickens me to see you people complain about how others come here and use our areas for whatever they choose to. I used to get p*ssed at that idea too and then I realized that as long as the township does right by the people who live here then it's an honor to have others here. Are most out-of-towners completely disrespectful? Yeah, they are. Do they not clean up after themselves? No, not really. In seeing behavior like that I have learned to not keep the anger bottled up - I speak my mind very loudly and clearly. We all live in this town for a reason and we continue to live here for a reason. We have carte blanch to tell people who aren't from here to be respectful even if they don't donate (or pay) a dime. Rather than being all anti government, how about we give the new people a chance. There's NO reason that we should bicker with each other as we are the people of this town that elected those into office. We should stand united and speak out when we find out that those are "factually" wrong. Until then, let's just enjoy what we've been granted with.
Elaine Taylor February 26, 2013 at 01:08 PM
Thanks Ray, I'll check it out.


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