The fire that broke out last Friday on the Seaside Heights boardwalk was difficult for firefighters to put out because they didn’t have enough water pressure. This idea seems laughable since they are near the ocean, but it seems that the Public Works Department of Seaside Heights already knew there was an issue with their water infrastructure.
A 2006 feasibility study and conceptual plan says “Since the existing infrastructure can not provide adequate fire protection for a significant number of the existing homes within the borough, replacement of the underside’s deteriorating water main is recommended”.
The Seaside Heights government knew their water supply and infrastructure were deficient, but it seems that the rough estimate of $30 million to rebuild the water system was too high.
Governor Christie has pledged $15 million of tax payers’ money towards rebuilding the boardwalk, but many are questioning whether it’s the tax payers’ responsibility.
Some businesses on the boardwalk did not have insurance. The owner of the Beachcomber said, “I had some insurance on the building, but nothing on the content. Nothing on all the equipment or anything else. Just on the structure itself.”
This brings up the question on why the business owners aren’t responsible for themselves. Isn’t it their responsibility to get insurance for these types of situations?
This boardwalk is still vulnerable to another fire. With $8 million already paid out to the boardwalk for Hurricane Sandy relief plus this additional $15 million, many people question why they have to pay for a boardwalk that didn’t have the sufficient means to put out a fire.