Judge Wants Mulch At Tent City Entrance Removed

Judge Foster, who in January refused to issue a ruling which would close down the homeless camp, has requested that Lakewood remove some of the mulch blocking the extra entrances to the camp, TLS has learned.

The Township attorney’s office would not give much detail about the request, but told TLS, “The Judge requested that Lakewood look into ensuring that there is 2 means of ingress and egress from the property. That may involve the removal of 1 pile of chips but that analysis has not been completed.”

In March, the Township dumped piles of mulch blocking two of the three entrances to the homeless camp, in an effort to prevent further growth, officials told TLS at the time.

The attorneys say the Township Committee will discuss the request at their next meeting. TLS.

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  1. I think the tax paying residents of Lakewood have to show some solidarity here and have a presence in court. It’s time for them to go!!!

  2. Such chutzpah!!!
    Where do the voice of lakewood get heard. We have ONE voice dictating to all of Lakewoood taxpayers that we can’t do anything about the illegal trespasing on our land. Absurd. There are ways about this

    Let Lakewood sell the land so we can get rid of them.
    Turn it into a park and open it up.
    Make it an official public works area and dump items all around there.
    Make it something official that would penalize anyone doing what tent city does.

    Politicians, we are looking to see what you do….

  3. Why on earth is a judge commenting on an issue that can still come before the court? It is the role of the Legislative or the Executive branch to decide what thoroughfares should be opened and which of them closed. The Judiciary is supposed to be neutral and is permitted to consider only those things which were proven in Court.

    What kind of activist nonsense is this?

  4. Sell the land to a private edeveloper. The tent city will be closed within four weeks. For some reason our township committee cant get their act together.

  5. @ #6

    Do I think they should be there no but the judge has a right to comment or mandate the removal of the wood chips as they are a hazard that prevents quick access or egress in the event of an emergency. Just because we don’t want them there does not mean we should wish them harm. It’s no different then someone parking in front of a fire hydrant or blocking a fire exit of a building.

  6. there are so many places being build in Lakewood y can we build a a place for them to live. So we can get red of tent city .I know there is not alot of places that will help the homeless.but there are lot of new house going up around that help for the state to build there homes so y can they do some thing for them.

  7. finally someone sees sense! blocking the entrances does not prevent people from moving in, it prevents the fire trucks and other emergency vehicles from getting back there if case of a calamity. one out of control fire and that whole area could go up in smoke! please ocean county, just build a homeless shelter already!

  8. to #8:

    No, you are wrong. The judge as a citizen of the US has a right to comment on whatever he wants, but in his role as a judge he is required to be impartial, and his impartiality is impugned when he comments on a matter that came before him and potentially can return to his courtroom.

  9. The property is wetlands, therefore protected from building of any kind. This also includes temporary buildings. Where is DEP? Do they have a say in this matter?

    The judge is waiting to see Plan B. Plan B is needed to determine how and where the residents of Tent City will be relocated to. A civil society does not have the option to merely say Get Out.

    The court requires a plan. Lakewood Township and Ocean County need a reasonable relocation plan that can be approved by the court, and Plan B is well overdue.

  10. there is definitely a need for low income rental housing in Lakewood for the general public. problem is NIMBY (not in my back yard)Also, I think these people in tent city don’t even have the means to pay rent..

  11. Oh yes buy the land,move them out and build condo,townhouses,and singlefamily homes,Lakewood doesn’t have enough yet. Let the poor people alone,that is where they want to live.

  12. how about we all chip in a buy the house nest to the judge and move them all into the house/basement/yard/lawn….see how he likes it next to him……

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