Leonardo, NJ - On Thursday, April 29, the Leonardo Citizens Committee held its monthly meeting. The President of the committee, Andrew Bane, called to order the meeting. A number of topics were discussed. The first topic discussed was that of the committee making the Spring Plunge, which is held on the Leonardo Beach in mid-March, an annual fundraiser. This year it was held on March 20, and was a big success, where a good number of people participated in the event.
The 9/11 Memorial Wall, which once stood on the end of Concord Avenue by the Leonardo State Marina, was completely damaged by the storms that occurred in March. Many local residents are upset over this collapse. There was discussion of where the wall should be rebuilt. Some suggested Croydon Hall, others near the Middletown Train station, but it was pointed out, that the Middletown Memorial is located near the train station. More on the matter will be discussed at the next meeting.
The topic of tax appeals was discussed. Many residents on the bayshore had their taxes raised and are upset. Many of the people went to Freehold last year to appeal, but were not successful, and have moved on to the State level.
The last issue discussed was the subject of beach replenishment. Kenny Vu, a Burlington Avenue resident, reported he had attended an Army Corp of Engineers meeting two years ago, where such things as beach replenishment and seawall were discussed. No one had any current information on the Army Corps plans.
The meeting was then adjourned.