State asks for details in Trader’s Cove deal

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BRICK TOWNSHIP — The state Green Acres program is monitoring details of the restaurant proposed for Trader’s Cove Marina and Park, which requires state approval before the project can move forward.

In a letter to the township, the state Department of Environmental Protection Green Acres Program outlined areas of concern regarding the controversial plan for a restaurant at Trader’s Cove, focusing on the lease term, compensation, parking and public access.

The Aug. 18 letter — provided to The Ocean Star by Save Barnegat Bay, a nonprofit environmental group that opposes commercialization of Trader’s Cove — outlines key areas of concern and requests additional information.

“We like the letter because it appropriately raises the bar for what the town and Chef’s International has to do for Green Acres to allow them to build this unreasonable facility,” said William de Camp, president of Save Barnegat Bay and a resident of Mantoloking.

In May 2016, the township entered into a lease agreement with Chef’s International — the group behind a number of local restaurants, including Jack Baker’s Wharfside in Point Pleasant — to construct a 400-seat seasonal restaurant on the North Lawn of Trader’s Cove Marina.

As a portion of the park was acquired with Green Acres funding, it is necessary to obtain DEP approval for the restaurant plans, According to Mayor Ducey, the project can’t start, until they have state approval.

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