In 2012, the Red Bank RiverCenter re-branded Red Bank as “A Cool Little Town.” After the Democrats get done with it, RiverCenter may want to consider renaming our beloved small town “Wal-Bank.”
As a person who is lucky enough to have spent time in over 40 different states of this great country, I am outraged by the “genericization” of some our greatest small towns. When Fredricksburg, Virginia looks like New Iberia, Louisiana, it takes away from the experience of living in or visiting one of these places. If Democrats get their way, Red Bank will become another one of these generic towns . . . or worse.
Can you imagine a day where after finishing up your McRib sandwich on the corner of Monmouth and Broad you take a nice leisurely stroll down the street to Payless to pick up some fresh “Buy One Get One Half Off” kicks? Don’t laugh because this is the Red Bank that the Zipprich, Horgan and Lee Council envision.
I can’t imagine ever getting to the point where I would want to grasp a fledgling political career so badly that I would support a generic big box that is contrary to the culture of our community, presents serious health hazards and furthers the genericization of our small town.
So why are Red Bank Democrats Kathy Horgan, Ed Zipprich and Sharon Lee supporting the development of a Hampton Inn on the Navesink River in Red Bank? Because it’s a tax ratable and these same people who have put our town $30 million in debt have run out of ideas. However, by the developer’s own estimates, the occupancy tax would be infinitesimal compared to our crushing debt load. Horgan, Zipprich and Lee are willing to risk Red Bank’s character, health and safety for tax revenue that would take 400 years to eliminate our debt.
The proposed Hampton Inn site was occupied by a gas station for almost 70 years. The developer’s own environmental expert said the site is not expected to have ground water with allowable levels of contaminants until at least 2016.
I am not willing to risk the health of those working or staying at a hotel in our town for any amount of tax revenue. Please stop and think about this for a moment. The “environmentally friendly” Red Bank Council is about to approve a cheap big box hotel on a contaminated site. They are about to expose pregnant women and children to the water toxins on that location. This is not only outrageous, but it is also immoral. Maybe Zipprich, Horgan and Lee should stop attending political fundraisers and watch Erin Brockovich instead.
Oh, and Ed, Putting a vegetated roof on a hotel built on a contaminated waste site isn’t environmentally friendly no matter how much energy it saves. Talk about lipstick on a pig. This is the way these people think. Complete insanity and incompetence.
From a newly proposed Walgreen’s to the Hampton Inn, Red Bank is at risk of turning into Generictown, USA. More eyesores, traffic congestion and chain stores will not make our town better.
Sound fiscal policy, smart and environmentally friendly growth and support for our local entrepreneurs and small businesses will keep Red Bank “A Cool Little Town.” Please join me in pushing forward these positive ideas and opposing the Zipprich, Horgan and Lee Council’s latest half-baked scheme that puts the character, health and safety of our community at risk.
Sean DiSomma is a Republican candidate for Borough Council in Red Bank
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