Council rejects bond ordinance to acquire Main Street lot

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BRADLEY BEACH — The borough council has rejected a proposed bond ordinance to purchase a Main Street property and convert it into a 28-space parking lot.

The bond ordinance, 2018-21, allocating $807,000 to acquire 811 Main St., was struck down on Tuesday with councilmen Norman Goldfarb, Randy Bonnell and Harold Cotler all voting no, and Councilman John Weber and Mayor Gary Engelstad voting yes at the Aug. 14 meeting.

The vote followed a vigorous debate, with council members and members of the public all voicing their opinions.

Mayor Engelstad said he thought the acquisition would benefit the borough. He said the parking problem shows how much Bradley Beach is growing.

“This problem is a good problem in the sense that we have a growing number of businesses that are doing well,” he said.

Adding to his reasons for wanting the parking lot, he said, “The attraction of the property could be utilized as a sellable property down the road.”

Some members of the public agreed with the mayor while a number of residents were skeptical about the acquisition.

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