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No Change To Long Beach Blvd in Harvey Cedars

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We, the undersigned, strongly oppose any proposal to change the traffic pattern on Long Beach Boulevard in Harvey Cedars. Reducing the number of thru-lanes from four to two would have an enormous public safety and economic impact upon the residents, visitors, and business establishments in the communities of Loveladies, Barnegat Light, and High Bar Harbor. First and foremost, travel time to the hospital in an emergency situation from communities north of Harvey Cedars would increase to a level that would pose a grave danger to anyone needing immediate emergency care (the current travel time is already close to 30 minutes). Ambulance and fire department response would be hindered, putting real people at real risk. One need go no further than a drive through Surf City to experience the summer gridlock in a two-lane scenario (and they even have alternative north-south travelways!) Secondly, the economic impact on small businesses who rely on seasonal visitors for their livelihood would be tremendously significant. Because of increased summer gridlock in a two-lane model, visitors would be less apt to travel north beyond Harvey Cedars to visit stops, such at the Barnegat Lighthouse State Park and Viking Village, and many other fine establishments. In this post-"great recession" economy still reeling from Hurricane Sandy, the small business community north of Harvey Cedars cannot sustain another blow. Long Beach Blvd is a county road funded by ALL county taxpayers, including ALL the ones north of Harvey Cedars. It is in place to service ALL residents and visitors of Long Beach Island, not just the people's preferences in Harvey Cedars. We, the undersigned, strongly urge our elected representatives of the Ocean County Board of Freeholders to see to it that the current traffic pattern on Long Beach Blvd through Harvey Cedars be kept as-is. Any perceived danger to pedestrian and bicyclists is hypothetical. The statistics simply do not bear out the danager that is being communicated. (NO serious accidents involving pedestrians or bicyclists on this roadway in two decades). Thank you for your prompt attention to this. Long Beach Blvd is for ALL of us. Please leave it as-is!

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