Amato And Byrnes Plan 'Open House' in Seaside Park Tonight

Event will give South Seaside Park residents a chance to discuss their concerns


Some residents of South Seaside Park have long felt they are the forgotten ones in this oceanfront section of the township, far removed from the mainland.

Mayor Carmen F. Amato is hoping to change that.

He and Township Council President James J. Byrnes are heading over the Mathis Bridge early this evening  to 3C's Luncheonette at 1001 SW Central Avenue in Seaside Park. They will hold an "open house" from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

"Residents should have access to their public officials," Amato said. "That's what I'm trying to accomplish."

Amato met with some South Seaside Park residents back in the spring and promised them he would hold an open house event by later summer or early fall.

The Thursday night event is more informal than the "Town Hall" event Amato has already held.

"Open House" type meetings are for residents to show up and talk with me on issues they may have or just an opportunity to say hello and meet me for the first time as their new mayor," he said.

"Town Hall" style meetings - which Amato held at the Berkeley branch of the Ocean County Library - are more formal. He updated residents about major issues. Police Chief Karin T. DiMichele, Tax Assessor Eric L. Zanetti and Code Enforcement Officer Kenneth Anderson spoke about their roles and also gave updates.

Starting next year, Amato said he will ask Township Council members to have one meeting each quarter at different locations. The first will be in Holiday City, followed by meetings in South Seaside Park and Silver Ridge Park.

Beverages and light refreshments - paid for by Amato and Byrnes - will be served at Thursday night's "Open House."

Dominick Mancini August 22, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Dominick Mancini. I reside at 9. 24th ave and have been a resident since 1973. I conc ur with George Ackerman's comments and would like to add a few of my own. As your police chief and your administrator know we residents have been trying to get proper signage and enforcement for a number of years. To date nothing great has been done. The previous administration sawfit to change the ordinance governing parking on 24th Ave. Hopefully parking restrictions will be restored. There should be Handicapped parking, emergency vehicle turnaround, and no parking signs erected to make it safe where the head on parking now exists My second comment is regarding the walkway to the beach. This is town propery and a safe walkway should be erected, mostly for the elderly living on the block. Please don't say no money in the budget for the board walk which is nonsense. I am sure you can find the money for a few boards if you want to. My final comment is I find it rude that when I call and receive no call backs from the township employees Have a good day
Natty Bumppo August 23, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Order the meatloaf, you won't go wrong!
John Anderson August 23, 2012 at 12:40 PM
The fact they have to have this event in Seaside Park just goes to show how much more aligned South Seaside Park is with Seaside Park and not with Berkeley Twp.
voice of reason August 24, 2012 at 01:02 PM
so walk one block and find something else to cry about
seen enough August 24, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Poor 1%ers!!! I hate when tourists park in front of my summer home. It's soo annoying...


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