(Email from Friends of Liberty State Park)
With JC's lawsuit hearing & Christie's exiting on 1/16 and Gov-elect Phil Murphy public stating he opposes the marina privatization plan, it looks like a pending victory for The People against LSP's southside destructive marina plan!
Under the photo below is info on Mon., 1/8 being first day that LSP is accepting 2018 applications for picnic pavilions
and re-servable open air tables.
It's premature to celebrate the saving of LSP again but park supporters raised their Voices again to protect LSP and the big news this past week is that Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, who had initiated the hiring of a top law firm, announced on Jan 2 that a lawsuit was filed and that afternoon, a judge issued a Temporary Restraining Order preventing Governor Christie's administration from signing a lease with Suntex Marinas! The Jersey Journal story about the Mayor's news conference with guest speakers Friends' president Sam Pesin, our great 25 year ally Greg Remaud, deputy director of the NY/NJ Baykeeper, Captain Bill Sheehan, the Hackensack Riverkeeper, and Jeff Tittel, head of the NJ Sierra Club.
The judge set a court hearing for 1/16 at 11am on the validity of the "DEP's lease term sheet" which Suntex signed, with them both ignoring the current strong opposition and the 41 year broad public consensus against privatizing our treasured park. The hearing will still be happening at Noon when Phil Murphy becomes Governor and he told the media this week that he opposes the marina and supports LSP's preservation for future generations!
The marina's 300 yacht plan would confiscate sacred public land (3 jetties & 4 acre lawn), obstruct priceless harbor views and take one of the two free parking lots (228 spaces) and both are full on summer Sundays and many Saturdays, and had mega-yachts docked by the Overlook Lawn right behind Lady Liberty.
We'll send out a thank you letter to all when the marina is officially rejected! For now, we thank all of you and Mayor Steve Fulop, Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, Assemblywoman Angela McKnight, Senator Sandra Cunningham and Senator Loretta Weinberg.