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Keeping Harvey Cedars Taxpayers Informed!

Harvey Cedars Needs You NOW

HCTA member:

Harvey Cedars needs you. At every HCTA Annual Meeting I have been a board member of (and that is every one since the re-formation of the Association) Boulevard safety was the number one issue brought up from the floor. Almost 74 % of the residents responding to the survey wanted a change to the Boulevard. Clearly we all know it is a safety issue.

I am going to be blunt. We need you to step up. Complaining at the Annual Meeting won’t help. Politics are in play and we are being out-played.

Our Commissioners have written a letter to the editor of the SandPaper, which is attached. Please read it. They eloquently state the reasons for the change. They have also sent a resolution to the Ocean County Freeholders stating their displeasure with the refusal to make the change – a change endorsed by the Freeholders own engineers and hired consultants. Why the refusal? Because Mayors Mancini and Larson don’t want it.

If this change to make our town safer is to happen, we need your help. We need you to write, write, write – and send it to everyone on the attached list. This is a political old-boy network making decisions that will get someone in Harvey Cedars seriously hurt. Every professional, whether it is the police or engineers, has said the road diet – that Mayor Mancini put into his own town – makes absolute sense for ours. Why should Freeholder Kelly allow Mancini and Larson to allow our town to remain unsafe?

So please write. Pertinent facts are:

–       Less than 30 seconds increase in transit time through town

–       It is stated in the report that it increases safety for walkers and bikers AND turning cars

–       Police professionals disagree with the “emergency response can’t get through” argument

–       Evacuation is a red herring – the road is just as wide. The bridge is and always will be the issue

–       The vast majority of those against – including Freeholder Gerry Little – never saw the computer simulation

To get in this week’s SandPaper we need you to email a letter tomorrow (4/11 by 4pm). Sorry for the late notice, but even if it is a short letter in support, we will take it. I also ask that you send it to each of the people/newspapers in the attached list. Even if you can’t make tomorrow, still do it. This is not going to happen without YOU.

Thanks for your support – Bryan Lewis, President, HCTA

Township of Long Beach Mayor Joseph Mancini tsgro@longbeachtownship.com 609-361-6689
Barnegat Light Mayor Kirk Larson Nancy.Manookian@barnegatlight.org 609-494-9196
Harvey Cedars Mayor Jon Oldham clerk@harveycedars.org
Ocean County Freeholder Jack Kelly dconnors@co.ocean.nj.us 732-929-2003
Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph Vicari cbove@co.ocean.nj.us 732-929-2002
Ocean County Freeholder John Bartlett jbartlett@co.ocean.nj.us 732-929-2116
Ocean County Freeholder James Lacey sbruno@co.ocean.nj.us 732-929-2004
Ocean County Freeholder Gerry Little cjinotti@co.ocean.nj.us 732-929-2001
NJ State Senator Chris Connors SenConnors@njleg.org 609-693-6700
NJ Assemblyman Brian Rumpf AsmRumpf@njleg.org
NJ Assemblywoman Diane Gove AswGove@njleg.org
Newspapers The SandPaper Gail Travers letters@thesandpaper.net
Newspapers Press Of Atlantic City letters@pressofac.com
Newspapers Asbury Park Press Linda Reddington yourviews@app.com
Newspapers Beach Haven Times Linda Reddington yourviews@app.com
HCTA President Bryan Lewis HCTAPres@gmail.com,
president@harveycedarstax.org

Newsletter sent by HCTA

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2 Responses to “Harvey Cedars Needs You NOW”
  1. Barry Putt says:

    We strongly support 3INHC program and want to make our bourough safer for all who visit. Mayor Mancini and Mayor Larson need to wake up and give serious consideration to the safety and common good of all who live in, visit, work in or just pass through Harvey Cedars.

    We live here year-round and see how the Blvd changes once Summer season comes. It is absolutely dangerous and the 3INHC plan would eliminate 99% of that danger and keep traffic moving as well. I strongly urge both Mayor Mancini and Mayor Larson to re-visit our plans and that of the NJDOT to see how this will make ALL of LBI a safer place to visit and live in.

    Barry Putt
    Harvey Cedars, NJ

  2. hctax says:

    Thanks for your interest Tom.
    Please read the Stantec study (also on the webiste) and you will see that emergency vehicles will be able to move through town in a safer mode that what we currently have as cars will actually have shoulders to pull over to. We don’t care for the lights either, but instead of following their own safety study, the county put in lights to try to create ‘breaks’ in traffic. It does help people to cross the street, but does nothing to make our small shoulders wider or even bring them up to NJ Safe Road standards.

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