Officials ask county to purchase and preserve Twilight Road lots

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(MARK R. SULLIVAN/THE OCEAN STAR)

BAY HEAD — The mayor and council have written a letter to the county of Ocean requesting that they purchase two properties within the borough with the purpose of preservation.     

The request comes as a response to an appeal made by several residents at the Oct. 4 council meeting where they urged the borough to purchase two lots, 174 and 160 Twilight Rd., with the purpose of preservation.  

174 Twilight Rd., lot 13 was purchased by Donald F. Burke Jr. and his wife Kaitlyn in 2016 with the intent of building a single-family house so they could raise their family in the borough, and 160 Twilight Rd., lot 12 is owned by Ralph & Patricia Voorhees. 

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Mr. Burke Sr. told The Ocean Star that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection [NJDEP] has confirmed that his son, Mr. Donald Burke Jr., is in full compliance with the permit it issued to him and with NJDEP regulations. Mr. Burke added, “it is the largest privately-owned property in Bay Head.” 

Mr. Burke Sr. also noted that a group of residents who object to him building on his lot had filed a lawsuit against the Bay Head Planning Board, as well as Mr. Burke Jr. and his wife.

During the public comment portion of the Oct. 4 meeting, residents presented their concerns over lot 13 to the council, claiming that the owner, Mr. Burke Jr. destroyed an environmentally sensitive area of wetlands by spreading grass seeds on the property and by cutting down trees. 

Paul Brennan, a homeowner on Osborne Avenue, read a letter to the council in which he requested the municipality to acquire the land for the purpose of conservation and community open space. 

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