mayor & council
Honorable Michael J. Mahon
A Message from Our Mayor
November / December 2014
My goal for the Mayor’s Message each bulletin is to keep you informed in a positive way. That is not always an easy task, given the news of the day that includes international terrorism and infectious disease.
Election Day, November 2011, saw the passage of the Public Question on Sports Wagering. The measure was supported across the state and three years later ultimately (after a court injunction and Governor’s veto) resulted in the passage of a recent state law repealing regulations banning sports wagering in New Jersey. As of this writing a federal judge issued yet another restraining order delaying the start of sports wagering at Monmouth Park. The local racetrack was poised to accept wagers as early as 7 a.m. Sunday, October 26th on NFL games. Â Sports wagering is no silver bullet for horse racing, but expands the options available to race tracks and casinos around the state making it important to Monmouth Park Racetrack, to Atlantic City Casinos, and open space around the county. Speaking of options at Monmouth Park, ground was broken recently for a freestanding restaurant and concert pavilion located between the grandstand and Blue Grass Mini-Golf. Look for both venues to open in time for the 2015 racing season.
The Borough continues to make progress on plans for a new municipal complex. The Site Selection Committee is meeting with architects and employees who are participating in a survey on space requirements. The architect has begun pulling together the pros and cons of each prospective site and we expect to engage the public in determining the appropriate site for a new municipal building in the next few months. Again, our choices seem focused on four sites: 222 Monmouth Blvd, Fort Monmouth near Main St/Wolf Hill Ave, Port Au Peck Ave at Gatta Park and the Business District. We are working with FMERA, Green Acres and private property owners behind the scene to put the necessary pieces in place. It is an interesting time for Oceanport and our residents will be involved at public meetings and be able to view the presentations on our website and complete an online survey. Look for more on this program as the New Year approaches.
In December, we look forward to the Sports Foundation Holiday Wine and Food Tasting Party. A chef night’s out, this OSF event has become a Borough tradition. Speaking of traditions, the Oceanport Seniors will get together for their annual Holiday Luncheon, Maple Place School will play host to the Holiday Concert, the Boy Scouts will have their annual spaghetti dinner, and Santa’s helpers (our volunteer fire companies) will deliver gifts and good cheer. Be sure to stop by the First Aid Squad Bazaar to purchase a unique gift item and reserve your family Christmas tree. Join the Recreation Committee for the annual Tree Lighting and enter your home in the Annual Decorating Contest.
In the meantime, we look forward to those special holidays. Whether giving thanks, celebrating our spiritual faith, or cheering the passage of 2014; Oceanport continues to be a special place. Remember those less fortunate in these difficult times and support local charities and organizations when you can. Together we can make a difference. Best wishes for a Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings and a Happy New Year!
Honorable Michael J. Mahon
Mayor, Oceanport Borough, NJ