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.