As I drove along Main Avenue a few days ago, I saw a bus resting along the edge of Firemen’s Park. It is not an uncommon sight, as drivers seek a respite—one of the few such places in Ocean Grove. In addition, from a beautification point of view, the vista across Firemen’s Park towards Main Avenue is beautiful and is enjoyed by all who live around the park, visit the park regularly, or just walk there as part of a strolling experience in that part of town. For those who drive into Ocean Grove, it is the first scenic view they have, coupled with the historic architecture in that neighborhood. It is also the last scenic event as they drive out of town.
Soon the Township will add a significant dose of ugliness by placing diagonal parking along the Main Avenue edge of the park. Ugh!
Why do we allow those Yahoos at the Mother Ship, in partnership with insensitive Grovers on the Parking Task Force, to make our picturesque town progressively repugnant-looking, one inch at a time?
Send an email, an old fashioned letter, a phone call or even a fly-over banner drone addressed to Mayor Michael Brantley and tell him that we want his support to stop the vilification of historic Ocean Grove. His administration refers to us as the Neptune “Historic District.” Since when is diagonal parking historic? Tell him that in 19th century OG even the horses could not be parked that way.
This ongoing indifference to the beauty of our town must be stopped or we will look like another crappy shore town clogged with cars, dumpsters, crowds, and ugliness.
p.s. Jack Bredin says,
“The lyrics from the song by the Eurythmics tells us ‘Some of them want to abuse you, Some of them want to be abused.’
“They could be describing Neptune’s relationship with many apathetic OG property owners.”
THE EURYTHMICS “Sweet Dreams Are Made of This.”