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Allenhurst/Loch Arbour Merger Proposal Derailed After Vote Reversal

  By DON STINE A proposal to consolidate neighboring Loch Arbour and Allenhurst was derailed Tuesday night after a member of the Allenhurst Board of Commissioners changed his vote. The proposal as it stands now will not be officially submitted to state officials for review and possible approval. Allenhurst Commissioner Christoper McLoughlin said at Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners meeting he was reversing his previous vote after contacting state Department of Community Affairs (DCA) officials and getting no concrete answers to questions he posed about the possible merger, especially on issues about creating a special tax district in Loch Arbour and…

Loch Arbour/Allenhurst Merger Plan Goes to State for Review

  By DON STINE A proposal to consolidate neighboring Loch Arbour and Allenhurst is being sent to state officials for review and possible approval after more than 100 residents from both towns attended a special public hearing on the matter last week and officials approved it.   “We need a binding plan and we need to start the process. (The state) has to have something in their hands to make a qualified decision,” Loch Arbour Deputy Mayor Alfred J. Cheswick said during the Jan. 9 meeting at the Hume Street fire house in Allenhurst. Loch Arbour officials unanimously voted that…

Public Invited to Meeting on Merger between Allenhurst and Loch Arbour

  By DON STINE A proposed merger between neighboring Loch Arbour and Allenhurst is moving forward and a public meeting on the issue will be held Thursday, Jan. 9. “We have made substantial progress,” Loch Arbour Mayor Paul Fernicola said earlier this week. In a Dec. 20 letter sent to both Allenhurst and Loch Arbour residents, the governing bodies said that they plan to present a consolidation application to the state Department of Community Affairs for review and possible approval. “This public meeting will determine if we move forward, depending on the feedback we get from residents,” Fernicola said. The Jan. 9 meeting…

In Loch Arbour: Receving a Gift That Keeps on Giving

  By DON STINE Loch Arbour just got the ultimate gift that will keep on giving for years to come. Deal residents Jack and Joyce Kassin, owners of 3.5 acres of privately-owned beachfront in Loch Arbour, have donated about 1.1 acres of their property to the village in a deal to prevent the village from undertaking efforts to seize all of their property. “A really fair agreement by both parties was ironed out,” Deputy Mayor Alfred J. Cheswick said. The deal also creates a beach easement which will allow Loch Arbour to participate in the upcoming federal beach replenishment project…

No Action Planned on Proposed Allenhurst, Loch Arbour Merger

  By DON STINE Any action on a proposed merger between Loch Arbour and neighboring Allenhurst to help ease the village’s school tax burden will not take place in the near future. Loch Arbour Mayor Paul Fernicola said at last week’s Board of Commissioners meeting that fiscal issues due to Superstorm Sandy remain unresolved for both. “At this point it is impossible to do a fiscal impact study,” he said. Each municipality is to be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency management Agency (FEMA) for damage caused by the storm, which was almost one year ago. Fernicola said Loch Arbour has…

Loch Arbour Plans Beachfront Purchase

  By DON STINE Loch Arbour hopes to acquire privately-owned beachfront property through purchase or by using the power of eminent domain. An ordinance scheduled to be introduced by the village’s Board of Commissioners at press time seeks to acquire the beachfront property of Jack Kassin, who purchased a commercially-operattract in 1995 to use as a private beach club. The public hearing on the ordinance is scheduled for Aug. 19. Mayor Paul Fernicola said acquiring the property is in the best interest of the village and its residents and the timing is right to obtain funding for the purchase. An…

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