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Mayor

Jay Coffey

Honorable Jay Coffey
Mayor, Borough of Oceanport
315 E. Main Street
Oceanport, NJ 07757

Tel: 732.222.8221
Fax: 732.222.0904

mayor@oceanportboro.com

Mayor's Message

July / August 2017

At just about the same time as this newsletter is being printed, the Borough of Oceanport should be completing the paperwork required to finalize the purchase of 13.25 acres of land and approximately 48,000 square feet of potential office space from the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority. This will be the site of Oceanport’s new Municipal Complex. In short order, the Borough will be (1) demolishing the old municipal complex on Monmouth Boulevard and selling that property, (2) initiating the rehabilitation of the buildings located on the former Fort in order to house, among other things, our municipal court, recreation/senior center, library, municipal offices, community garden, Department of Public Works and police station and (3) vacating the “temporary” Borough Hall at 315 East Main Street. When all is said and done, Oceanport will have a first class, 21st century municipal complex ready to serve a first class, 21st century community. Oceanport’s new municipal complex on the old Fort property will allow us as a community to transition away from thinking of the 430 acres of land sitting behind the fences on Oceanport Avenue and Main Street as “Fort Monmouth” and, instead, think of it as being as much a part of “Oceanport” as we do Blackberry Bay Park, Monmouth Racetrack, the Summer’s End festival and, of course, Oceanport’s most identifiable asset, Buddy Brocklebank.

While the Boro’s municipal complex will serve as a lynchpin for the continued redevelopment of the “Fort Section” of Oceanport, substantial development has already taken place. TetherView, a technology company whose CEO, Michael Abboud, is an Oceanport resident, purchased the 42,000 square foot Russel Hall building on June 23, 2017, Triumphant Life Church purchased the Main Post Chapel in February, 117 historic Officer Housing units were sold in January and are in the process of being rehabilitated by RPM and a closing on the Fitness Center is imminent. In a bit of ironic planning, moreover, a microbrewery is being planned for the property between the fitness center and the chapel!

On a municipal level, we received some fantastic financial news. At a recent council meeting, Borough Administrator Ray Poerio advised the governing body that the Boro’s outstanding $300,000 community disaster loan has been forgiven and, based on documentation provided by our municipal staff justifying same, the Boro has now received an additional $854,000 from that same program! Oceanport had been expecting about $4.5 million dollars from FEMA to help offset the cost of our new municipal complex. Our new administrative team, however, was able to work with FEMA to justify an increase of an additional $1 million dollars, bringing our total credit from FEMA to an amount in excess of $5.4 million dollars. All told, the hard work of our administrative staff resulted in an offset to the cost of the new municipal complex of about $2 million dollars!

On a personal note, we’d love to have a little more attendance at our Borough Council meetings. We’re a small town with some big city issues and the governing body needs input from our citizens. There is a public comment section at every meeting and, as anybody who has ever been to one of our meetings, we will pretty much let anybody ask questions or make comments at any time during a meeting. For those of you who cannot make our Borough Council Meetings, however, please note that we try to live stream all of our meetings on Facebook on the Oceanport Residents page and we post video copies of our meetings on You Tube. We are also in the process of establishing our own Municipal station through Verizon so that we can televise our council meetings --- and other events --- live on cable.

Finally, I’d like to thank Cub Scouts Jared Rhodes, Finn Eigenrauch, Alex McMillen, Marco Molino and Matteo Molino for cleaning up the grounds of the old Municipal Building with our tireless DPW workers in advance of our Memorial Day ceremonies. Their combined efforts were considerable and the results were absolutely astounding! See you all at The Haskell!


Honorable Jay Coffey
Mayor, Oceanport Borough, NJ