Town survey to guide policy decisions moving forward


POINT PLEASANT BEACH — The borough is asking residents and taxpayers to participate in its first-ever Point Beach town survey, which asks individuals about their general experiences and the quality-of-life in Point Pleasant Beach.

According to Mayor Paul Kanitra, the survey will be used to guide policy decisions on topics small and large in the borough. 

“I always talk about how we want to make sure that we’re representing the will of the people, making sure we have the right pulse and that we actually understand what the hell people believe in and what they don’t believe in,” said Mr. Kanitra. 


And that’s exactly where the survey came from, the borough’s ability to understand what its residents and taxpayers really want done in Point Beach. 

The Point Pleasant Beach Residents’ and Taxpayers’ Survey addresses issues from street sweeping and garbage collection to larger issues such as short-term rental bans, contested policy issues and more. Borough officials want to know what residents think so they do not act against their wishes. 

The data is expected to help the borough guide council through decisions in years to come. 

According to the mayor, around 400 individuals have completed the survey so far, representing around 10 percent of the 3,000 households in Point Beach.

“I’d ask all of you to encourage your friends and family in town to fill it out. It’s residents and taxpayers only,” said the mayor. “Some of the information that is coming out of there is pretty darn incredible and telling.”

He said so far, pretty much the entire town is in favor of a business-improvement district downtown, historic preservation and control of rowdy summer crowds. 

“We are going to do it in future years because right now what we’re really developing is kind of a base level,” said Mr. Kanitra. “We’ll be able to gauge that in the coming years, to see if we’re doing a good job or a crappy job and the data is going to prove that.”

The borough plans to publish the results of the survey after a large majority of residents have completed it. The data will likely be broken down between taxpayers and full-time residents.

“I’m very, very pleased with the responsiveness of our residents,” said the mayor. “I think it’s going to wind up being one of the best things that we’ve ever done.”

The survey can be found on the borough’s website at or by visiting

Questions about the survey or the procedures should be directed to Quality of Life Director Kristen O’Rourke at 732-892-1118 ext. 245 or by email at

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