Library decision was the right one

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To the editor:

Thank you to the far-sighted, wise borough council members who voted to construct the new Stone Harbor library on Second Avenue. This reflects courageous vision and responsiveness to the decisive recorded majority opinions of constituents – 60 percent - taxpayers, residents, voters, and visitors - who did not want this structure on our beach.

Building on Second Avenue is in Stone Harbor's best future economic interests. It preserves seasonal beachfront parking for beachgoers, who underpin our property values by renting our homes, condos, and hotel rooms, and patronizing our merchants and restaurants. People come to Stone Harbor for the beach, not to go to a library. They need maximum convenient beach parking, not an obstructive library which creates competition for scarce beach parking spaces.

Moreover, Second Avenue is a safer location for our new library/museum, on higher ground two blocks away from the beachfront that takes the brunt of wind and water damage from coastal storms. When coastal flooding occurs, do not public service announcements urge us to move our cars to that higher ground - where our borough hall, fire department, and post office are already safely located? It is close to existing commercial and public use areas frequented by residents and visitors alike, as well as to the elementary school. The Second avenue properties were always intended to be used as the site of another municipal building, not further residential construction.

Stone Harbor should be proud of its visionary elected Borough Council members who are truly responsive to its constituents' wishes and best long-term economic interests.

Tom Pluta

Stone Harbor

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