Essential Services Grants Helping Shore Towns
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Sea Bright. July 11, 2013
Some of the Jersey Shore towns that were hard hit by Sandy are getting grant money to provide essential public services.
Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Richard Constable says $60 million of the $1.8 billion in federal Sandy aid the state received is being used to help to coastal communities get back on their feet.
“What we want to do is make sure that municipalities that were devastated by this storm aren’t in a position where they have to layoff firefighters, police, lifeguards if they’re on the coast, simply because they don’t have the income coming up. A lot of municipalities lost ratables.”
Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long says the million dollar grant it got is a big help.
“Without it we might have had to consider laying off, reducing hours, or furloughing personnel. This grant also allowed us to hire lifeguards to keep the beaches protected and safe during this summer season which would have been a challenge for us otherwise.”
Long says the grant money means the town will have a balanced budget this year.
She’s worried about shortfalls to come as efforts continue to repair all the damage from Sandy.