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Lavallette Lifeguard HQ May be Open by Beach Season

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Lavallette lifeguard headquarters. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Lavallette lifeguard headquarters. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Extensive mold remediation is ongoing at the Lavallette lifeguard headquarters building, which was completed last year.

Several of the firms that worked on the $386,960 building, which replaced another one destroyed during Superstorm Sandy, will each fund a portion of the remediation, officials said.

“Shortly afrer the summer, employees started to recognize that we had a problem with mold in the building,” said Mayor Walter LaCicero after the problem was first discovered. “We discovered there was a lot.”

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The building, on Philadelphia Avenue, was only used part of last season, as its construction was not completed until the middle of summer. Officials are hopeful the building will be operational this year – it is currently gutted with plywood and walls having been removed as part of the remediation process.

“We’re trying to have it ready before Memorial Day,” said Councilman Robert Lamb. “That doesn’t look like the case, but I believe it will be completed before the opening of the beach.”

It was not disclosed at a public meeting Monday night which contractors will be paying which percentage of the remediation work.

“All parties involved agreed to a percentage of the repair cost,” said Lamb. “In the end, when all the expenses are tallied up, so and so will pay ‘x’ percent and so and so will pay ‘y’ percent.”

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