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New Sea Bright Municipal Building Designs To Be Unveiled Nov. 30

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Sea Bright officials are hosting a town hall meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 30 to review the Municipal Facilities plans with residents and businesses before going out to bid on the two projects.

The meeting will be held at Sea Bright Borough Hall, 1167 Ocean Ave., at 7 p.m. and will be hosted by the Sea Bright Mayor and Council.

Over 500 people voted in a Sept. 27 special election, with over 300 voting for to approve each of the three questions asked of them concerning the funding of two new municipal buildings.

The first question asked voters if they supported a $1.4 million bond ordinance for the construction of a community center and the second asked if they support a $3.6 million bond appropriation for the building of a new beach utility.

Both questions needed to pass for the borough to move forward with bidding process for a 8,609 square foot structure that will replace library and beach buildings destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The building will have two floors that will also include an oceanfront deck, storage for police, fire and public works equipment and meeting space that will also be available for event rental by the public.

The third question asked voters to ratify a $7.9 million bond ordinance that will fund the construction of a municipal complex through a tax increase. The complex will be over 14,000 square feet and will replace the fire house and police/first aid buildings lost to Sandy. It will include an extra bay for equipment storage and have space on the second floor that will allow for the relocation of all borough administration functions and records storage.

FEMA and insurance and the borough's beach access fund will cover over half the cost of the two buildings, leaving about a $5.3 million cost for the municipality.

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