Angry_Gumball wrote:Reminds me of the man who went to retrieve his hat after loosing it on Top Gun. He hopped the fence that specifically said "NO TRESPASSING" and got kicked in the head by an oncoming train. The one who "kicked" suffered broken legs while the one who was hit by the rider's legs was killed. Why do people have to be so ignorant?!?
If I remember correctly the man didn't speak english.
Still not a bright thing to do however. But I doubt he was able to read any signs.
Lights out for Funtown Pier? Posted by the Ocean County Observer on 07/6/06 BY EDDIE HOLLOWELL STAFF WRITER SEASIDE PARK — Games of chance. Bumper cars and roller coasters. Funnel cakes and salt water taffy.
None are in the future of Jersey Shore boardwalks, according to the consultant of a developer who wants to construct "over the ocean" condominiums in place of the amusements on the Funtown Pier.
"The boardwalk will eventually change," the project consultant, Carmen Ricci, told the borough council during a special meeting last night. "Amusements are not profitable anymore."
William Majors Jr., owner of the Funtown Pier, which sits in both Seaside Heights and Seaside Park, wants to construct 105 three-story condominiums on the section of the pier that lies in Seaside Park.
They would sell for $1 million to $2 million, depending on their size, and would be marketed largely as secondary homes for affluent North Jersey and New York residents, Ricci said.
A number of variances would be required for the project envisioned, but even if the developer could not get the necessary approvals, Ricci said it is likely that within a few years the amusements will be taken down from the Funtown Pier anyway.
"It's cheaper to take the rides off," Ricci said, noting increasing insurance costs and a shorter summer season. "You don't lose as much."
"Is this project real?'
The special meeting called by the borough council last night served only as an informational meeting. Mayor Robert W. Matthies said that no application has been filed with the Planning Office, but Ricci said the developer expects to file an application within the next 30 days.
No comment was taken from the approximately 40 members of the public who were present, but council members seemed just as surprised at the proposal.
"Is this project real? Is the project doable?" Matthies asked.
Councilwoman Norma V. Spice said she was unsure if residential properties over the water could get flood insurance.
"I'm not familiar with any condo projects in the ocean essentially," Spice said.
Ricci assured the council that the developer's engineers believe the project is possible.
"There's always problems in every project, but they're not anything that can't be overcome," Ricci said.
Under the proposal, a new pier would be constructed within the footprint of the current Funtown Pier. The condominiums would be built on top, with 210 parking spaces provided in a garage below the boardwalk. The underground concrete parking garage would extend 200 feet out toward the ocean, where steel bulkheading would keep the water out. The entrance and exit would also come from under the boardwalk, according to Ricci.
The total project cost is estimated at $50 million, Ricci said.
Several major variances would be required, Matthies said. Among the hurdles, Funtown Pier is zoned for business and not homes in Seaside Park.
Ricci said the Funtown Pier would remain open for the next two years, while the developer seeks the necessary approvals. If approved, construction of the condominiums would then take approximately one year to complete, Ricci said.
Ricci said the developer is seeking a partner for the project. Officials have said Toll Bros. has shown interest, but Ricci noted no contracts have been signed as of yet.
Future of boardwalks
The proposal only concerns the part of the pier within Seaside Park. The developer approached the Seaside Heights owners — Majors rents the Seaside Heights portion of the pier from Belle Freeman Partnership — but they were not interested in selling for at least the next five years, Ricci said.
However, Ricci told the council he felt such projects were inevitable at boardwalks in other towns as well.
"So, at some point you don't envision the boardwalk to be what it is today?" Matthies asked.
"No. Not at all," Ricci responded. "You can't stop it. It's coming because that's what people want."
Ricci said he expects some to oppose the project.
"There are many people that don't want change. That's understandable," Ricci said. "But you have to look at the person in the business. How will he survive?"
First, half the beaches in Jersey shut down, for now, because of the state workers budget negotiations now another decent pier is being turned into summer rentals. I guess I'll go to Atlantic City instead this weekend... oops, can't do that either.
Wow, this states vacation destinations are really starting to suck. Please, no out of staters reply with the typical "radioactive trash swamps everywhere" remarks
I really hope this isn't going to become a trend. Sea shore parks have a different feel than a regular park and it's I always look forward to going to the Jersey shore parks every summer. I'd hate not to be able to go to Morey's or the piers in Ocean City in a few years because they want to build houses/condos there.
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