It’s October and there’s a lot going on at your club. First, most of you that know me well, know it was my intention to bring the long-standing contentious issue with the groin wall on Dillon’s Creek to a close by the end of the year. Well, it’s October and I can say that the matter is completely closed. I attended Court on August 26th after meetings and conversations with the club’s attorney and left Court that day with a handwritten signed order by the Judge. Trustee Diane Chapman Clarici spent the day with me in Court and I thank her again for her time and devotion to the club.
Since that time, a Corporate Resolution was drafted for me by the attorney and voted on unanimously by the Board of Trustees authorizing the signing of the deeds. I attended a meeting with the title company and attorney in Freehold on September 18th and the deeds were signed and later recorded in Ocean County. I also obtained a fully executed Court order typed and signed by the Judge, again bringing this matter to a close. Additionally, the summons issued to the Gilford Park Yacht Club in 2016 concerning the groin wall was dismissed in Municipal Court on September 30th.
Under the terms of the Court order, we now own the entire beach East of the club, all the property under the club, twenty-five feet West of the club, the docks, and twenty-five feet into the river on all sides. This is property that we did not previously own. We originally owned only a fifty (50) foot wide piece of land under the original deed of 1936 from the Barnegat Woodlands Corp. I will be turning over all of the original documents to Recording Secretary Raymond Pyne at our next meeting so the materials can be safely stored. We are looking into an off-site location such as a safe deposit box for these important documents.
So there are three important things to take away from this. First, we own property that we never owned before. Second, we are exempt from property taxes as we were before and will not be taxed by the town on this land. Third, a mortgage cannot be taken on the building. I have an enlarged map that I wish to share at the next Board of Trustees meeting outlining the original grant to Thomas B. Gilford of 1888, the recorded deed of 1936, and today’s new property boundaries. I have reached out to former Commodores Tom Noonan and Ed Horton to let them know the matter was closed and I would like to thank both Commodores for their time, dedication, and their devotion to this matter.
I would also like to wish Trustee/Chef Lenny and his wife Joan all the best from the entire GPYC family as Lenny is on medical leave. The kitchen continues to move forward and I am proud of the entire kitchen crew pulling together during a difficult time. I am also proud of our membership. All of you that have stopped by the kitchen to wish Lenny well, check on his status, and lend a hand to the kitchen crew was much noticed and appreciated. I let Lenny know that you all were asking about him and he was very appreciative.
As I have previously mentioned, please check out our GPYC Facebook page for updates and upcoming events at the club. If your not connected to Facebook, keep an eye out for emails and if you need help setting up your email or member porthole on the webpage at www.gpycnj.com, please reach out to Trustee Vanessa Heinzman so we can keep you informed and connected.
Ron Heinzman, GPYC Commodore
Ron Heinzman is the current Commodore of the Gilford Park Yacht Club.