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Jaywalking in AP---a local sport.  April 2015. Blogfinger photo.

Jaywalking in AP—a popular local sport. April 2015. Blogfinger photo.

Did you ever notice the suicidal jaywalkers on Main Street in Asbury Park?  If we had an Olympic jaywalking team, we could outfit the squad over there.  Each year over 600 pedestrians are killed in New Jersey, and, on average, only one jaywalking ticket is issued for each town in the Garden State, home of the color blind.

At least they have crossing guards on Main Street for the school kids, but it’s the adults that risk their lives for what?  Many of those offenders cross on the red over by the bus/train station crossing where, I guess, they are all trying to get out of town or buy medicinal marijuana.

I go by there everyday, and if jaywalking is against the law, then AP is Dodge City.   Let’s enforce the law and reduce the risks to walkers and drivers, especially  Grovers who need to be safe when we cross at Meat ‘n More.

CEntral Park, along the reservoir. April 17, 2015.  By Stephen Goldfinger, NYC BF correspondent. ©

Central Park, along the reservoir. April 17, 2015. By Stephen Goldfinger, NYC BF correspondent. ©

ETTA JONES

The old North End Hotel was built in 1911 and had 255 rooms.  At that time, most visitors came by train.

The old North End Hotel was built in 1911 and had 255 rooms. At that time, most visitors came by train.

Whenever the North End Redevelopment Plan comes up, someone is sure to want to talk about parking.   When the plan was developed in 2008, that subject was on everybody’s mind.  In fact, a law suit was filed to try and block the project.  In 2010 the law suit was dismissed, so it was just a glitch in the inexorable movement towards actually busting shovels into the ground over there.

Here are the provisions regarding parking in the North End as envisioned by the Camp Meeting Association and the Redeveloper:

Off-street parking requirements: one parking space per hotel room; approximately two spaces per condo unit (in compliance with RSIS standards); one space for each 300 square feet of banquet, conference or restaurant space in the hotel.

*Other parking requirements: Off-street parking for the hotel and residential structures must be below ground and sheltered from street view, although the below-ground lot or lots may rise a maximum of 3 ½ feet above street level. A maximum of 20 surface parking spaces are permitted for loading, valet and pickup/drop-off, provided that these spaces are screened from public view. Any existing on-street parking spaces eliminated due to the development must be compensated for with additional on-site spaces.

You should note that the underground parking garage was to be, at most, 3 1/2 feet above ground.  However, after Sandy, there may be a problem with that garage design.  No engineering data has been made public in that regard, but we note that the Township Engineer was present at the planning meeting of two days ago. ? why.  The DEP has not weighed in on this garage plan.

 

Gulf of Mexico, Florida. By Paul Goldfinger 2014 ©

Gulf of Mexico, Florida. By Paul Goldfinger 2014 ©

FIORELLO. Original Broadway Cast.

 

Spring Hope, North Carolina. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Search above and enter "Spring Hope" to see some more photos of this sad but beautiful place.

Spring Hope, North Carolina. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Search above and enter “Spring Hope” to see some more photos of this sad but beautiful place. Click to enlarge.

AARON NEVILLE

HMS Glen Edwards.  Dredger off Allenhust.  By Bob Bowné.  Special to Blogfinger ©

HMS Glen Edwards. The Artful Dredger off Allenhust. By Bob Bowné. April 17, 2015.Special to Blogfinger ©

Hi Paul..

One of the dredgers is back in our area…I shot this this morning off of Allenhurst… Not sure if this is a continuation of the original sand replenishment or perhaps some additional maintenance due to storms.

-Bob (Bowné )

THE CHIEFTAINS.   Music to sing on deck: “An Poc Ar Bulle/ The Dingle Set”

Fort Myers, Fla.  Farmers Market. 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Fort Myers, Fla. Farmers Market. 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

BERNADETTE PETERS from Dames at Sea.

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