Cooperation and Mutual Respect in Ocean County – Letter to Editor

DEAR EDITOR OF LM:

 

I am a 25 year resident of the Jersey Shore and a 3 year resident of

our Jersey Shore town.

 

I have been watching closely the issues surrounding the

growth of Lakewood and the expansion of the Orthodox

community into our Jersey Shore town.

I have heard they are all ready in the southern

part of our Jersey Shore town and are buying up businesses.

I have also heard that they had bought up

a lot of land in our town years ago.

I have seen what has happened in Jackson and it

is so disheartening. Jackson has not been respectful

of their growth and now has federal lawsuits pending against it.

 

Has your group been aware of the future growth of

the Orthodox community into our town and what to

anticipate as far as funding to our public schools,

land use laws, and RLUIPA ? I welcome the

Orthodox community, but I want

to see responsible development, environmental

sustainability and preservation of the beautiful

rural character of our town. I do not want us to be

slapped with lawsuits like Jackson. I certainly do not

want our town to look like Lakewood either.

 

I would like to see us work with the Orthodox community

and not see it  divide our community like it has in Jackson.

 

Again, I hope I have not come across as disrespectful to

the Orthodox community, but I want to see our town

welcome them yet balance it with responsible

development and not have political tensions and

conflict which has also happened in Rockland

and Orange County, NY.

Anonymous.

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