The 34th Street corridor will be beautified with new lights to showcase the south end entrance to Ocean City. By DONALD WITTKOWSKIJust in time for the holidays, Ocean City’s second-busiest gateway is expected to sparkle with brand new decorative lights that will brighten up an area of town in need of a makeover.City Council on Thursday night approved a long-awaited contract for the electrical system for what will become a permanent display of white lights greeting visitors and residents as they drive over the 34th Street Bridge and make their way along Roosevelt Boulevard.Fourth Ward Councilman Bob Barr, who represents the south end of town, has made the decorative lights one of his top priorities since entering office in 2016.He noted that the permanent decorations will replace the current patchwork of lights that hang haphazardly from poles and don’t always work.“It’s going to improve it by leaps and bounds,” Barr said in an interview after the Council meeting. “The new lights are going to be brighter, will hang better and will look nicer.”He explained that the burned-out lights hardly leave visitors with a good impression as they arrive in town on 34th Street, the second-busiest entrance into Ocean City behind the Ninth Street corridor.“All of the lights don’t even come on,” he said.Councilman Bob Barr looks out on traffic traveling on 34th Street in February 2018.Since taking office, Barr has worked with local residents to ask for, and get, aesthetic improvements in the area that runs from the foot of the 34th Street Bridge to West Avenue. Eye-catching lights to spruce up the corridor year-round have been sought after the most.“This is essentially what people have been asking me for all along since July 1, 2016,” Barr said, referring to the date he became a councilman.On Thursday, Council awarded a $35,400 contract to Gibson Electrical & General Contractors Inc., of Sicklerville, N.J., to install permanent weather-protected outlets in place of the temporary electric poles and cords that run along 34th Street now. The lights will be strung in the tree-lined grassy strip on the side of the road.The goal is to have the permanent lights ready for the winter holidays for their formal unveiling, Barr said. Next, he hopes to follow up by getting the city to install new landscaping along the 34th Street corridor and to remove some old signs that have become clutter.“One step at a time, we’re working on this,” Barr said of future improvements.Lights hang now from temporary electric poles and cords along 34th Street and often burn out or don’t work.Earlier this year, Mayor Jay Gillian described the importance of adding a permanent display of lights on 34th Street.“This started as a holiday display, but the decorations were popular enough the residents and guests have asked that they be lit year-round,” Gillian said in a statement.New decorative lights are also being considered for the north end of town, on the entryway that runs from the Ocean City-Longport Bridge and along the Gardens Parkway.First Ward Councilman Michael DeVlieger, who represents the north end, said he has been approached by local residents who would like to see decorative lighting in the area.As a first step, DeVlieger has requested a cost analysis to determine whether the project would be financially feasible. He would next seek more feedback from First Ward residents, he said.At Thursday’s Council meeting, DeVlieger said new lights would “brighten up that entrance a little bit.”When DeVlieger asked Gillian whether the cost has been determined for the proposed project, the mayor assured him that the city is looking into it.City Council awards a $35,400 contract for an electrical system for new lights on 34th Street and may explore the option of decorative lighting in the north end of town along the Gardens Parkway.
802/1 Haig St, Coolangatta. 802/1 Haig St, Coolangatta. 802/1 Haig St, Coolangatta.A BYRON Bay man has grabbed a bargain, paying $2.825 million for a Coolangatta sky home.The property last changed hands for $3.05 million in 2008. Armstrong Real Estate principal John Rankin negotiated the sale and said the Byron Bay buyer planned to move to the Gold Coast.“In his search he looked at a lot of different properties and had no intention of buying at that price point, but he fell in love with the place,” Mr Rankin said. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“He was looking to spend sub $2 million.” The four-bedroom apartment at 802/1 Haig St is on the eighth floor of the Elysee Residences.It features stunning ocean views and an open-plan design across 1352sq m.Bi-fold doors, a butler’s pantry and a freestanding bath are among its luxury features.“It’s incredibly well designed,” Mr Rankin said. “It came too tempting for the buyer and the price we achieved is almost what it sold for off-the-plan.”