'What are they thinking?'
A local weekly newspaper says the state's plan to reduce Main Street in Asbury Park to two lanes is "idiotic." The Coaster wonders if "state officials who are pushing this idiotic plan have ever driven down Main Street in Asbury Park or do they only visit the beachfront when the governor or Bruce Springsteen are in town."
Bridge to Loch Arbour closed
Another major bridge between Asbury Park and the outside world is closed until May. The bridge over Deal Lake linking Main Street to Loch Arbour and Allenhurst is being replaced in a $4.2 million county project.
Crane House placed
on National Register
The Stephen Crane House on Fourth Avenue has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The state Office of Historic Preservation notified the Asbury Park Historical Society of the designation. The society expects to take ownership of the former home of the author of Red Badge of Courage in the near future. The national register is the nation's official list of cultural resources significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering and other similar categories.
New plans for oceanfront tower
Plans have been unveiled for a 16-story tower on Ocean Avenue on a lot where two high-rise proposals previously failed. The new plan calls for 128 residential units, a 58-room boutique hotel, 400 off-street parking spaces and more than 20,000 square feet of retail space at street level.
Law cuts chances for vote abuse
A new law will make it harder for candidates and their supporters to cheat. The law reduces the number of voters for whom a person can serve as 'messenger' from 10 to three.
Bridge project advances
Foundation piles are being installed for the new Sunset Avenue Bridge over Deal Lake between Asbury Park and Ocean Township. A total of 72 piles are needed to support the three piers of the new $7.4 million bridge, which is due for completion next May.