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Shining a light on Ocean Grove. Blogfinger photo. ©

Shining a light on Ocean Grove. Blogfinger photo.  By Moe Demby©

In 2007, during the Pavilion controversy, there was concern in town that Ocean Grove would be seen as an intolerant community.  This concern stemmed largely from media coverage which would often confuse the town of Ocean Grove with the Camp Meeting Association. The inaccurate reporting just made a bad situation worse.

In recent years, the question of discrimination has occasionally arisen, usually brought up by individuals who focus their attention on the  CMA. The town of Ocean Grove has not been targeted in that way.

However, in today’s Coaster,  two Ocean Grove citizens sent a Letter to the Editor which you can read below. What do you, our readers,  think of that letter?

Letter to the Coaster.  October 6, 2016:

As concerned residents of  Ocean Grove we attended the QSpot town hall meeting pertaining to their possible eviction at the Jersey Shore Arts Center. For the last 20 years we have watched the town grow into a diverse community. We now have many full and part time homeowners of different religious, ethnic and social backgrounds, and financial status. So many new residents have brought us into the twenty-first century.

We also have a large LGBT community who have contributed immensely to the growth of this town.   They have been discriminated against from the streets to the pulpit, and yet they still contribute in a positive manner.

Hopefully the prejudice of 2006 and 2007 does not rear its ugly head again. It is essential QSpot’s lease be renewed for Ocean Grove to progress as a diverse community.

JAN MOORE

EMILY SONNESSA

Ocean Grove, NJ. Oct.  6, 2016.

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