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Upgrades Coming to Brick Beach III; Summerfest Fireworks Savings Possible

Brick Beach III (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Brick Beach III (Photo: Daniel Nee)

It may be winter, but Brick officials are planning for the busy summer season.

The township council has approved the milling and resurfacing of the large municipal parking lot at Brick Beach III, where hundreds of cars park daily all summer long to access the beach.

The council awarded a $546,543 contract to S&G Paving of Jamesburg, the low bidder, to complete the repaving project. It will begin once asphalt plants reopen when temperatures rise above freezing. The township received 11 bids on the project, ranging from S&G’s low bid to $1,073,150.

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The township is also planning its annual Summerfest celebration. Officials say the town will stick to its four concert and fireworks events, as well as a car show, National Night Out and the separate Fall Fest celebration for 2020. The township council is now soliciting bids for several aspects of Summerfest, including:

  • Beer and wine concession. (Generated $5,650 last season.)
  • Food concessions. (Generated $9,709 spread out between different types of food.)
  • Mobile ice cream truck, which is allowed to stop at Windward Beach Park and Traders Cove Marina and Park each day during the summer season. (Generated $1,255 for the township last season.)

In other good summer news, the cost of fireworks may decrease this summer. Last year, Brick spent $33,000 for fireworks, compared to $19,995 the prior year. Councilwoman Heather deJong said the increased cost was likely due to the fact that one of the Thursday Summerfest celebrations last season fell directly on July 4, when fireworks vendors can charge a premium. There will be five fireworks displays in the contract – four for Summerfest and one for Fall Fest.

The township is also accepting bids for a Fall Fest vendor to organize a minimum of 16 (and a maximum of 20) food trucks to appear at Fall Fest, serving various cuisines. Last year, that contract generated $3,040 for the township.