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May 01, 2019

Sea Bright is Summer Ready

By Lori Draz

sea bright summer 2019

The transformation of Sea Bright is truly remarkable. The once-devastated town has been working hard for the past seven years to secure funding and eventually chart and complete the town-wide renovations that have made them one of the state’s most shining examples of recovery.

The Sea Wall project is now complete and already attracting crowds of walkers. Frank Lawrence explained that during construction, the town realized that with just some small modifications, the top of the sea wall could be turned into a smooth walkway with railings. Upgrades planned for the sea wall include additional seating and benches which can be sponsored. Check for updates and sponsorship opportunities. The Pavilion offers beachgoers six outdoor showers plus foot wash stations, bathrooms and changing areas. The children’s playground was completely rebuilt and is now open.

The next and biggest part of the redevelopment project is the completion of the new borough hall, expected to be finished in September 2019. The first to move into to the new space will be the police, fire and first aid. The municipal offices will follow later.

“As this special town heads into the 2019 summer season, we are thrilled to finally have use of our beach pavilion, with new and better facilities for the beach going public,” Mayor Dina Long said. “The reopening of our library was a big success, and the people are really supporting the exciting menu of programming for both kids and adults. There are even more programs coming in the future months.

“With many new stores and restaurants joining our terrific business district, we hope to have a fair weather, a prosperous summer season and a visit from everyone!”

If you’re planning a visit, you will be pleased to learn there are an additional 60 parking spaces in the municipal lot. There is no smoking on the beaches as well as a no balloon release policy. Paid parking runs from 9 am to 9 pm Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend, and you can use the vipleymobile app to make things a little easier.

The annual Sea Bright Fireman’s Fair returns to the main municipal lot this May 16 to 19, after a one-year absence. It is a classic fair, with carnival rides, food, games and plenty of fun. There are also wristband nights on Thursday and Sunday.  The fair is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the fire department, so come out and have some fun at the shore! It is open 5 pm to 12 am Thursday to Saturday and 2 to 10 pm Sunday.