Keyport waterfront continues to stir controversy

There was a meeting held tonight at Keyport Borough Hall.

It was meant for business owners on West Front Street to voice any opinions or concerns about the waterfront project proposal, projected by Mayor Robert Bergen to commence sometime in the fall.

The issue drawing the most attention is waterfront parking.

Many business owners feel the proposed plan does not take into consideration enough parking for the Downtown economy. Mayor Bergen and Borough Administrator Pete Valesi said the plan has to keep in mind what the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Acres Program will approve: There must be Green Space, they said, and the parking already in the plan (about 150 spaces on top of lots already in place) might be pushing it.

There was yelling. There was arguing. Some residents left in the midst of it all.

I just have to say: I have never seen so many people argue over a waterfront. Then again, that is what the meeting was for.

The next Borough Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 6, at 7:00 p.m. in Borough Hall.

PHOTO: Keyport’s first boat ramp. (Melissa L. Gaffney)

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Filed under Keyport, Keyport Waterfront, Parking, Pete Valesi, Robert J. Bergen

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