N.J. town approves oceanfront pier, pool

An oceanfront pier, complete with a swimming pool, coffee bar, and restaurant, has won approval in a Jersey Shore town.

The North Wildwood Planning Board approved the Seaport Pier, to be developed by BG Capital, at a special meeting last week.

Mayor Patrick Rosenello says the pier, situated along the boardwalk, will be “unique along the East Coast,” according to a Cape May County Herald report.

No other New Jersey municipality offers an oceanfront pool.

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The 40-by-40 foot swimming pool will be under the control of a swim club that will offer seasonal and possibly daily passes, the report says.

But the New Jersey Sierra Club says it’s “greatly concerned” with the project.

“This pier and swimming pool will wash right out to sea in the next storm. We should not be putting high-intensity development on flood-prone areas. This is especially concerning given the projections for increased sea level rise and storm events” said Jeff Tittel, the organization’s director.

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