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HIGHLANDS, NJ –Yesterday, Lusty Lobster joined the growing list of Monmouth County businesses that have benefitted from the Grow Monmouth Façade Improvement Program.

“Lusty Lobster received a reimbursement check for $1,833 for a new front entrance door on their building at 88 Bay Ave.,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “Every Façade Improvement Program check helps make a needed improvement to a local business.”

Owner Doug Doutyaccepted the reimbursement check from Arnone on Wednesday, Feb. 10.

“I have heard about Lusty Lobster’s seafood from people all over Monmouth County,” said Arnone. “It is great to see a popular local business participate in this unique opportunity.”

The Façade Improvement Program is part of the successful Grow Monmouth initiative that is utilizing HUD Community Development Block Grant funds to help improve the look of privately held commercial buildings located in HUD eligible areas of Monmouth County. No County funds are being used for the program.

HUD eligible areas include all or part of 24 of the County’s municipalities. Eligible municipalities are: Aberdeen, Atlantic Highlands, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Deal, Eatontown, Farmingdale, Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, Hazlet, Highlands, Howell, Keansburg, Keyport, Lake Como, Manalapan, Matawan, Neptune City, Neptune Twp., Ocean Twp., Red Bank, Shrewsbury Twp., Union Beach and West Long Branch.

Asbury Park, Long Branch and Middletown businesses are not eligible for this program because those municipalities receive designated HUD Community Development Block Grants directly.

To date, Monmouth County’s Façade Improvement Program has dispersed more than $80,000 to local businesses.

For more information about the Grow Monmouth Façade Improvement Program contact the Division of Economic Development at 732-431-7470 or visit the Grow Monmouth section of the County website at