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Brick Mayor: Town Forced to Construct $1.3M Building in ‘Money Pit’ Traders Cove

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Traders Cove Marina and Park. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Traders Cove Marina and Park. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Brick’s mayor said Tuesday that taxpayers will construct a building to house amenities for transient boaters at an “outrageous price” of$1,396,960 thanks to agreements made by a previous administration in order to secure grant funding for Traders Cove Marina and Park.

Brick secured $4.9 million in boating infrastructure and I BOAT NJ grants toward the project, but as part of the agreement, was obligated to build a facility to support the site as a destination for transient boaters – boaters who pay a fee to stay at the marina for a few nights, usually as part of a longer trip up and down the eastern seaboard.

The township council – two members of which said they voted in favor of the project “under duress” – was put into a “terrible position,” Ducey said. If the township refused to build the transient boating facility, the grant money would likely have to be given back.

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Ducey said the project was scaled down from its original design, an 8,000 square foot building with boating facilities on the first floor and an open space on the second floor which would have been developed as a restaurant or banquet hall. The new building will simply house two sets of restrooms, a lounge area and a laundry room.

Like all public projects in New Jersey, the cost of construction is driven above private sector rates by the state’s prevailing wage law, though the $1.3 million figure is slightly less than the $1.5 million estimate provided to the township by the Barlo and Gouvernale architecture firm, which was contracted to design the building. Coming in under budget, however, put township officials in yet another bind – because the project was under the estimate, the bids cannot legally be rejected.

“We’re dumping more taxpayer money into the money pit known as Traders Cove,” said Ducey.

The contract was awarded by the township council Tuesday night to Wallace Brothers, a construction firm based in Brick.

Council members reluctantly voted in favor of the project.

“I make my living administering grants, and I know the ramifications of applying for grant money, accepting grant money and not fulfilling your obligations,” said Councilwoman Andrea Zapcic. “I feel like it’s extortion.”

Zapcic and Councilwoman Heather deJong both said their votes were made “under duress.”

Council President Paul Mummolo cast the lone dissenting vote.

The silver lining, according to officials, is that the facility will promote Brick Township as a destination for boaters, and will be the final construction project undertaken at the site at taxpayer expense.

A privately-owned restaurant is also slated to be built at the marina, from which the township will collect annual leasing fees. A Green Acres hearing on the restaurant, proposed by Chefs International, will take place Sept. 19.


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  • Trump for President

    This was first proposed as a county maritime museum.
    Only the corrupt governments maintain and operate “business” that continually lose money.
    Wake up.

    • J W

      I agree- the town Republicans are hopeless corrupt and incompetent. Thank them for accepting millions in grants that bound the town to build this thing out.

      • Frank Rizzo

        some people accept grants from the goverment each month….

      • J W

        Yeah, like old people on Social Security. They should all be forced to vote Democrat to participate in the program since they’re the only reason it exists.

      • Goodgrief

        Elderly who get SS paid into the system. Generations on welfare have not paid into anything.

      • J W

        Pure idiocy. Poor people work and pay taxes. 60% of these people already work. They ‘pay into the system’ every day when they punch in.

      • Goodgrief

        You can’t be this dense. But then you did say …whatever. I gve up.

      • J W

        Maybe you should turn of Fox News and read some statistics. I don’t make these numbers up. You lot make up crap about generations of welfare hounds- which might happen in Kentucky. You righties just want some poor people to hate.

      • Goodgrief

        I was wrong…..about the dense statement.

  • Smokin

    So overall this will be a successful location something for everyone to enjoy and some will profit from it…

  • Smokin

    More successful than the solar panels mess on Sally ike road ..

    • J W

      Probably not. The solar panels could have been a better deal, but they’re still bringing in money at least.

  • Peter Stopen

    A few porta johns and a picnic table will work

  • Trump for President

    And the Brick Mayor is being foced to take Taxpayer funded family cadillac health benefits and pension credits. He is also being forced to hire his friends at the town and the MUA

  • Surfrider

    A future ZOO and waste paper basket for the hundreds and hundreds of boats that go by, with both marine and traffic jams. The place is fully booked now already overused. “Attrack more boaters” as a port-o-call? Great idea. You would think the “powers in charge” would realize they will be creating a nightmare of too too many people in a confined area. How long before a light goes in there at the entrance? Lets make it more and more time to get out to the barrier island, our true “treasure”, which already is over whelmed with people per square .. When is enough …..ENOUGH ! ? That area of Barnegat water way at the bridge is heading for dirtiest water on the entire bay, and is only a question of time before it will be declared another polluted water way off limits to swimming. All these PWC’s and boaters disobeying the no wake/slowspeed buoy’s and buzzing the natural marshes killing off all the areas where marine life develops and shore birds use to nest. Lets add a couple hundred more! Anyone ever hear of eel grass? Breaks my heart to see this happen here. I just hope I can get out of here still with my shirt on, with the very high taxes I pay, and place still be worth something. People have to realize how big of an increase in both boats and PWC’s in all our water ways which are Brick, have already built up to unsatisfactory limits. I haven’t notice too many of them have a clue to marine laws and protocols either.

  • Frank Rizzo

    A high rise seasonal use condo building would have been great…with views of the ocean like in Long Branch….