The Save32Acres initiative continues to gain momentum as more Ocean Township residents display their signs on their properties.

Residents are concerned with flooding risks, an increase in traffic as well as health issues related to the clear-cutting of mature tree canopy for a Wawa gas station/convenience store, large chain hotel, restaurant, retail space and a townhouse community on the corner of Deal Road and Highway 35 North.

As a result of the developer (Paramount Realty) submitting their application to the Department of Environment Protection, residents opposing the project are encouraged to write a letter focused specifically on flooding and stormwater management to Diane Dow (Director), Vince Mezzei (Manager of Flood & Water Concerns) and Ching Wah Liang at the following address:

The State of New Jersey
Department of Environmental Protection
501 East State Street, 2nd floor
Trenton, NJ 08625

Residents are also encouraged to attend the Town Council meeting this Thursday, September 13th at 7 p.m. located at 399 Monmouth Rd in Oakhurst in order to voice their opposition of the gas station and other commercial development in wetlands territory. With many available commercial spaces along Highway 35, residents view Paramount Realty’s development project as an unnecessary environmental hazard.

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