OCEAN GROVE - FEMA has granted a meeting to officials with a Methodist nonprofit group that owns the boardwalk in Ocean Grove and township officials to discuss funding for repairs.
Residents and visitors to Ocean Grove say they want FEMA to fund repairs after Sandy left a huge gap in the boards.
The Camp Meeting Association asked FEMA for $2.5 million, arguing the boardwalk is enjoyed by the public. That request and its first appeal were both denied. The second appeal, filed in July, is pending.
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Neptune's business administrator says the township is assisting with the appeal and continues to help with debris removal.
"It serves many people that are not of the Methodist faith," says Harold Werner, of Jackson.
The organization has also raised $1.5 million in private contributions, half of which is earmarked for the repairs.
Karen Basso, of Ocean, says the organization that refused same-sex civil unions under its boardwalk pavilion can't decide to be public when it wants taxpayer dollars. "Being that it's owned by the Camp Association, they should pay for the boardwalk," she says.