December 18, 2017
I’m writing to once again, impose on your generosity by asking you to make a year-end donation to FBW. 2017 has been especially challenging for those of us dedicated to bringing into being a truly public waterfront park that runs the length of Hoboken’s shoreline. A major portion of our effort this year has been focused on the acquisition of Union Dry Dock (UDD) for a municipal park and the Monarch Towers litigation. Both are components essential to connecting the waterfront.
Hoboken’s City leaders finally heard our wake-up call (we’ve been pushing the UDD issue for years, culminating in the public petition drive this past July) about the urgency of acting on the acquisition of Union Dry Dock. The City recently announced its intention to acquire the site but, regrettably, the owners sold the property to NY Waterway. We are currently working with neighborhood residents, civic groups and the City to thwart NY Waterway’s application for waterfront permits from the state and The Army Corps of Engineers, as well as NJ Transit’s plan to acquire the site and lease back to NY Waterway.
Our plans for 2018 include building the coalition to oppose the use of the UDD site for refueling and repair of ferries and bringing in relevant experts to join the biologist already cataloguing the diverse marine species and other wildlife at the UDD site. There’s urgent work still left to be done and time is critical.
As for the Monarch Towers litigation, two of the cases are still alive. The City, the Hudson Tea Building and FBW have filed an appeal to the State Supreme Court in an effort to enforce the original developer’s agreement and also appealed a recent decision by a Superior Court Judge pertaining to Hoboken’s amended flood ordinance. We are represented in these cases by attorneys from the Eastern Environmental Law Center and New Jersey Appleseed Public Interest Law Center. FBW is exploring options for a settlement in the event we do not prevail in the appeals.
As you know, we run lean at FBW. Aside from me, our only other staff is one part-time person. We rent a small office at the Neumann Leather Building and except for modest operating expenses, our revenues go to pay attorneys, a land conservation expert, and our architect/urban planner. Everything else is done with volunteers.
I’m grateful for your interest and past support. Contributors like you are our lifeblood, and in fact over 75% of our contributions come from individuals. Thank you for considering FBW for a year-end donation.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year.
Donations to FBW, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, are fully tax-deductible. If your company can match your contribution, be sure to participate in that corporate match program. Donate through PayPal or send a check to Fund for a Better Waterfront, P.O. Box 1965, Hoboken, NJ 07030.
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