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Seaside Heights to Begin Developing Plans for Boardwalk Museum

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A proposed museum that will house a historic carousel on the Seaside Heights boardwalk. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
A proposed museum that will house a historic carousel on the Seaside Heights boardwalk. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Seaside Heights now owns the historic carousel that was facing disassembly or the scrap heap, but the future venue for the vintage ride is still in limbo.

As part of a deal with Casino Pier, which owned the carousel and was poised to sell it for parts in 2013, the borough traded a piece of oceanfront property for the pier to expand in exchange for the carousel and a plot of land along the boardwalk where a museum would be built to house the carousel. But in Seaside Heights, where the local government is still hurting from the hit its tax base took during Superstorm Sandy, funding sources need to be found for the boardwalk project.

Last week, Seaside Heights began seeking bids from grant writing firms, with the hope of ultimately locating government and private funding for the building, which will be built at Sampson Avenue and the boardwalk.

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“It all depends on money,” Mayor Anthony Vaz said, of what the museum building might look like. “It’s going to be at least two years before we know, exactly, what we’ll be doing.”

Early in the process, officials envisioned a building that would house a museum on the ground floor and potentially a wedding or banquet facility on the second floor, overlooking the ocean. There has also been talk of gearing the facility more toward history, incorporating relics of the town’s past (like antique fire department equipment) in a space where schoolchildren could visit on class trips and visitors could enjoy a quick sandwich. Vaz said grants often come with obligations that may or may not allow certain activities in the facility.

An initial rendering was released at the time the deal with Casino Pier was proposed, but the building could end up looking much different.

“If we can get the building paid for, or nearly paid for, we can think of designs for the museum,” said Vaz.

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  • Tom Messner

    I have never seen or heard of any report that explains the benefits that the proposed museum would have on our economy or quality of life here in Seaside Heights. Please tell me why this is a worthy project and back it up with some facts.

  • Marilyn Hansen

    This carousel is an important piece of Americana by Dentzel – Looff and Seaside Heights is lucky to have it. It is a rare, piece of nostalgia that survived Sandy which should say something in my book! I have catalogued this carousel for a Princeton University archive. It should be saved for generations to come. One was already lost from the storm, but this carousel is of greater importance. It is truly the jewel of the boardwalk!

  • Barry Dugac

    To answer Tom Messner question: The carousel would do better in a shopping mall
    environment than in a museum environment. Building cost and moving cost will run into millions of dollars. Special people trained in taking down carousels is needed to remove carousel. You just can’t hire any person off the street to remove the carousel. For parts that need to be replace can cost 10,000 dollars or more to fix the carousel. Sooner or later you the tax payers will ended up paying the cost for the museum. In the long run
    it may take 30 years to pay off the museum.

  • Rich W

    I wonder if many “visitors would enjoy a quick sandwich” — when the adjacent boardwalk of full of stands offering pizza and fried Oreos.

  • Barry Dugac

    To answer Rich W. question: The boardwalk is no long fried oreos and pizza. New restaurants and food stands are serving better quality of food. Food Standards are slowly getting better on the boardwalk. There is a grading system that is done each
    year witch tell us the good food places and bad food places. From the time of sandy to
    present day Seaside boardwalk has done a lot things to make it a better place.

    • Mac

      Such a positive attitude for the boardwalk in a town whose government leadership and greed does so, so much to give visitors so, so many reasons not to come back again. My tip of the hat of the day.

  • Barry Dugac

    FROM THE GREEN BOOK MASTER PLAN 2015 To 2020
    (Dealing With Seaside Boardwalk)
    Table Of Contents
    Item Page
    Boardwalk People Count Rating Per Day………………………………….1
    Boardwalk Sections……………………………………………………………….2
    Boardwalk Color Codes…………………………………………………………4
    Parking Space Planning…………………………………………………………6
    Noise Level Chart…………………………………………………………………7
    Carousel Mall Flag………………………………………………………………..10
    Carousel Mall Data………………………………………………………………..11
    Carousel Mall Sections…………………………………………………………..19
    Carousel Mall Dimensions……………………………………………………….20
    Carousel Mall Section Directory……………………………………………….21
    Carousel Mall Number Layout………………………………………………….22
    Carousel Mall Site Plan…………………………………………………………..23
    Enclosed Fun Town Pier Flag………………………………………………….24
    Enclosed Fun Town Data………………………………………………………..25
    Enclosed Fun Town Pier Site Plan……………………………………………29
    Enclosed Fun Town Pier Roof Height………………………………………..30
    Master Plan………………………………………………………………………….31
    Cranberry Mall Flag……………………………………………………………….32
    Cranberry Mall Data………………………………………………………………33
    Cranberry Mall Site Plan………………………………………………………..36
    Cranberry Mall 30 Stores Plan………………………………………………..37
    Cranberry Mall 42 Store Plan………………………………………………….38
    Ocean Front Entertainment Center Flag…………………………………..39
    Ocean Front Entertainment Center Data………………………………….40
    Ocean Front Entertainment Center Map…………………………………..44
    Section Q Of Boardwalk Data…………………………………………………45
    Blue Water Preservation Area………………………………………………..46
    Children’s Park Data……………………………………………………………..47
    Blue Water Preservation Area And Children’s Park Site Plan………49
    Long Term Forecast……………………………………………………………..50
    Parking Garage Date…………………………………………………………….52
    Parking Garage Site Plan………………………………………………………54
    Bus Station Data………………………………………………………………….55
    Bus Station Site Plan…………………………………………………………….57
    Bus Station Floor Plan…………………………………………………………..58
    Different Parts of the table of contents have been complete. Other
    parts of table of contents are still in play. There are parts of table
    of contents being worked on at present day. This book has been
    on top things happening on the boardwalk.

  • Barry Dugac

    To answer Mac Statement from two days ago press on my name Barry Dugac.
    Read the Table Of Contents witch will tell you whats go on with the boardwalk.
    The Boardwalk is graded every year and lets us know whats going on with it.
    The greed problem is slowly being stopped and taking care of.

    • Mac

      Good luck with that.