Council receives Crescent Park petition with 200 signatures

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Sea Girt Borough Sign. FILE PHOTO / THE COAST

SEA GIRT — A petition, signed by 200 residents, seeking to block installation of a platform tennis court in Crescent Park was presented at the Oct. 27 meeting of the borough council.

The petition calls for a proposed ordinance that would prohibit the addition of any facilities to the park except those required for maintenance or repair. It also calls for a public referendum on  the current proposal for platform tennis courts at the park. 

Reacting to the petition, Mayor Donald Fetzer said, “The wording itself seems pretty harsh and restrictive in my opinion… it’s prohibiting really any development, not just the platform tennis courts.”

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He also said that the proposed addition of a platform tennis court would increase the local tax burden because the cost would be covered by the recreation committee fund. 

During the public comment portion of the Oct. 27 meeting, James Jude Plaia and Geraldine O’Keefe took exception to the mayor’s characterization.

“I don’t think it accurately reflects the intent of the petition,” said Mr. Plaia, adding that he and Ms. O’Keefe do not object to another platform tennis court but “are just saying that Crescent Park is not the proper venue. 

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