Next DLC meeting will be March 16. Interlaken Townhall, 100 Grasmere Ave at 7PM

The DLC was chartered in 1974 by the 7 shore line towns. Our mission is to provide leadership, guidance, and resources to preserve and restore Deal Lake and its tributaries as a healthy and stable ecosystem. In addition, control lake levels during heavy storms to the best of our ability with limited ocean tide controls.

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    Before You Buy or Build:

    Contact the NJDEP

    Deal Lake, its tributaries and watershed are regulated by Federal and State agencies. Check before you dig.

    Strict compliance with the NJDEP regulations apply to any land 50 feet adjacent to the Deal Lake shoreline as well as any land 50 feet adjacent to any stream that drains into Deal Lake.

    Property owners should contact the NJDEP before beginning any maintenance or any construction along the lake's shoreline.

    There can be consequences, including fines and time delays for proceeding with work, prior to securing the appropriate NJDEP permit(s).

    • The NJDEP Division of Land Use Protection gives info on regulations, permits:

    • The NJDEP Division of Land Use Protection Contact Form:

    • NJDEP Land Use Phone Line: 609-292-2178

    Please click below to get more info before you build or buy on Deal Lake: 

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    Meeting – April 15, 2021 – Minutes



    April 15, 2021


    Due to COVID-19 the Regular Meeting of the Deal Lake Commission was held via teleconference using the Zoom Meeting Platform.  The Commission Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.  After the Salute to the Flag, the Commission Clerk announced that the notice requirements of the Open Public Meetings Act C.231, P.L. 1975, were met by transmitting the notice to the Commission’s official newspaper on February 4, 2021, posting where required and filing a copy of the notice with the Commission Clerk.  The Deal Lake Commission meeting will be audio and video taped and will be shown on APTV, Optimum 77 and throughout Monmouth County on FIOS 30.



    Allenhurst  (B. Fromer) x  
    Asbury Park  (J. Toher) x  
    Deal   x
    Interlaken (C. Roarty) x  
    Loch Arbour (M. Fernicola) x  
    Neptune   x
    Ocean (D. Brockel) x  



                Hunt Parry, Esq., Commission Attorney

    Peter R. Avakian, Commission Engineer

    Dr. Stephen Souza, Environmental Consultant

    Jessie M. Joseph, Commission Clerk


    Resolution #21-036 – Resolution to Approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting

                                        March 18, 2021


                UPON MOTION of Interlaken, seconded by Ocean, carried that the following Resolution be and the same is hereby adopted:


    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Deal Lake Commission held on March 18, 2021 be and the same are hereby amended and approved.



    Ayes:  Allenhurst, Asbury Park, Interlaken, Loch Arbour, Ocean

    Nays:  None

    Absent:  Deal, Neptune





    April 15, 2021


    Resolution #21-037 – Resolution to Approve Treasurers Report and Pay Bills


                UPON MOTION of Ocean, seconded by Interlaken, carried that the Treasurer’s Report for April be approved and the bills listed authorized for payment:



    Manasquan Bank                                                                                                     $  82,917.59

    NJ Cash Management Fund                                                                                        42,314.64


    TOTAL ON DEPOSIT                                                                                           $125,232.23



      Interest – Manasquan Bank (March)                                                                                             83.54

    Interest – Cash Management Fund (March)                                                                        1.57 


    TOTAL RECEIPTS                                                                                                          85.11



      2021 Appropriations:

      Lorraine Carafa, CFO, April; Supplies, $199.99                                                           616.66

      Jessie Joseph, Admin, April; Water Lower Permit, $2.00                                              627.00

    Don Brockel, April reimbursement; clean-up supplies                                                   411.30

    JCP&L, a/c #100XXXXXX368                                                                                        24.42

    Leon S. Avakian, Inc., Invoice #13682                                                                           250.00

    Mastermix Audio Media, LLC, 1st Qtr. Meeting services/Zoom subscription               347.94

    The New Coaster, Inv. #56913                                                                                          32.05

    Verizon (a/c#24xxxx875-2-0001; Invoice #9876130480                                                 40.03


    Sub-total Disbursements                                                                                              2,349.40


      Grant Disbursements


     319H, WM18-016:

    Leon S. Avakian, Inc., Invoice #13680                                                                            712.50

    Princeton Hydro, LLC, Invoice #41357                                                                           663.71


     Sub-total 319H                                                                                                             3,376.21


    Flume Electrification:

    Leon S. Avakian, Inc., Invoice #13681                                                                           525.00


     Total Grant Disbursements                                                                                        1,901.21



    April 15, 2021


    TOTAL DISBURSEMENTS                                                                                       4,250.61



      Manasquan Bank                                                                                                        78,750.52

    NJ Cash Management Fund                                                                                       42,316.21


    TOTAL ON DEPOSIT                                                                                          $121,066.73



    Ayes:  Allenhurst, Asbury Park, Interlaken, Loch Arbour, Ocean

    Nays:  None

    Absent:  Deal, Neptune




    1. Flume Electrification – Don Brockel, Commission Chairman, gave a brief update of the project.


    Peter Avakian, Commission Engineer, said the main components are complete and he is working with the Contractor to finalize the few remaining items on the punchlist that include the installation of the tide gauges and weather station.  He said the key element is to close out the project with DEP and ACoE so the Township of Ocean can get reimbursed.


    Jeannie Toher, Asbury Park Commissioner, once again asked about the tide gauges.


    Mr. Avakian said he is meeting with the Contractor tomorrow and hopes to have a timeline next week.  He again told her he will let her know when and where they are going to be placed.


    1. 319(H) Grant – Mr. Avakian explained that after going out to the location for the MTD (manufactured treatment device) on Memorial Drive and doing testing they realized there would be a problem with that location. He is meeting with the Contractor tomorrow to go over the proposed relocation.


    Mr. Brockel said the FWI’s (floating wetland islands) are ready to be delivered and he has been working with Sylvia Sylvia from Asbury Park on different locations to store them until they are ready to be installed.


    Mr. Avakian said he has met with Ocean Grove officials several times and while they are happy with the project they do have concerns with the long term care and maintenance of the raingarden since it is on Camp Meeting property.





    April 15, 2021


    1. New 319 Grant Phase I with NJIT – No Update.


    1. Nobility Crest – Mr. Brockel said we did receive a response from Nobility Crest’s Attorney. He has given it to Hunt Parry, Commission Attorney, for his review. He has also notified Ocean Township on the subject.


    Mr. Parry has reached out to Ocean Township’s Attorney, who has requested some information from him.  The discussion will be on-going.


    1. Shoreline Protection/Education – Mr. Brockel said there is no update and will be re-visited next month.


    1. 2021 Weed Treatment – Mr. Brockel said the contract was awarded. He and Dr. Stephen Souza, Commission Environmental Consultant, met with Solitude Lake Management at the weed treatment locations. Dr. Souza said they will begin treatment mid to late May.  Dr. Souza described the weeds that were present in Colonial Terrace and at this time there was not much growth in Hollow Brook.


    1. Coca Cola Plant – Mr. Brockel explained that due to the nature of the redevelopment and the potential impact to Deal Lake, he has asked Dr. Souza to be the DLC’s representative for this project. Dr. Souza has submitted a proposal to perform an independent DLC study and review of the plans for the project to be located at the former Coca Cola bottling plant.


    Resolution #21-038 – Authorizing Clean Waters Consulting, LLC to Prepare a Report                                                                      for the Deal Lake Commission on the Proposed Project to be

                                         located at the former Coca Cola Bottling Plant


                UPON MOTION of Asbury Park, seconded by Allenhurst, carried that the following Resolution, be and the same is hereby adopted:


    WHEREAS, Dr. Stephen Souza of Clean Waters Consulting, LLC has submitted a proposal to review the plans, drainage report, environmental impact statement and other documents related to the redevelopment of the former Coca Cola bottling plant and prepare a report for the Deal Lake Commission; and


    WHEREAS, the redevelopment of the former Coca Cola bottling plant could potentially impact both Deal Lake and Hollow Brook; and


    WHEREAS, the Deal Lake Commission hereby authorizes Dr. Stephen Souza of Clean Waters Consulting, LLC to prepare a report on the redevelopment project located at the former Coca Cola bottling plant in an amount not to exceed $1,500.00.





    April 15, 2021


    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Deal Lake Commission that it hereby authorizes Dr. Stephen Souza of Clean Waters Consulting, LLC to prepare a report on the proposed redevelopment of the former Coca Cola bottling plant for the Deal Lake Commission in an amount not to exceed $1,500.00; and


    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the funds for the project will be from the Deal Lake Commission 2021 Budget – Special Projects.



    Ayes:  Allenhurst, Asbury Park, Interlaken, Loch Arbour, Ocean

    Nays:  None

    Absent:  Deal, Neptune


    Mr. Brockel wanted to point out that this is a very big project and we have to make sure we are on top of it.


    Mr. Avakian reported that the Applicant’s application has now been deemed complete.  The first Public Hearing is scheduled on April 28th at 7:00 PM with the Neptune Township Planning Board.


    Mr. Brockel asked Brian Mullins, Township of Ocean Alternate Commissioner, to attend the meeting, as he will be out of town.  Mr. Mullins will attend the meeting.


    There was a brief discussion on the new Stormwater Management regulations that went into effect on March 3, 2021.


    1. Goose/Carp Remediation – Mr. Brockel briefly discussed the on-going problem with the geese.


    Ms. Toher gave a brief explanation of the process for reporting goose nests, which can also be found in detail on the DLC website.  She also spoke to Nicole from the USDA about coming to a DLC Workshop to help educate the public and explain egg addling.


    1. Ship & Sniff Program with Clean Ocean Action – Mr. Brockel said he received the report from Clean Ocean Action and they found one hot spot located in Loch Arbour. The rest of the spots came back clean.  They still have to do a wet test at some point later in the summer when the population is larger.


    1. Seaview Mall – No Update


    1. Restoration of 4 lakes/ponds west of Wickapecko – Mr. Brockel said there are a lot people working to help to clean out Terrace Pond, Fireman’s Pond, Lollipop Pond and Hollow Brook,


    April 15, 2021


    but it will take more than that.  It really needs to be dredged.  He will be contacting the Mayor of Ocean Township to discuss the importance of dredging these feeder lakes that empty into Deal Lake.


    1. Water Testing: Monmouth University and Monmouth County – Ms. Toher announced that Monmouth University Clonet, Jason and Erin will be attending the DLC’s May meeting to present the data and results of the testing that has been done.  She also wanted to thank all of the water testers for all the work they did, especially working during Covid.


    Mr. Brockel asked with regard to the 319 Grant if they were planning on testing the water before the MTD’s were installed.


    Dr. Souza said the DEP will not cover any of the testing costs.


    1. Winter/Spring Clean-Up – Mr. Brockel gave a brief report on the clean-up. They had over 54 people cleaning up at different locations around the lake.  Over 1,000 lbs of material was removed from the lake.


    Carolyn Roarty, Interlaken Commissioner, wanted to point out that there were no plastic bags in the lake this clean-up and she feels it is a direct result of the Asbury Park’s Plastic Bag Ordinance, which bans plastic bags.


    1. Corlies Ave. Bridge (O-10) – No Update.




    1. Fish Stocking – Mr. Brockel said he spoke to the State and they confirmed that they stocked the lake last year with 3,000 large-mouth bass, 250 catfish and 2,200 northern pike


    1. Bird Section added to website – Mr. Brockel mentioned that there a lot of different species of birds on Deal Lake.


    Ms. Toher said there is a section on the DLC website dedicated to birds.


    1. Ms. Toher shared photos of the Asbury Avenue & Oxonia Bridge where old non-compliant drains were left open alongside the new drains, which was causing garbage to fall into the open drains and then into the lake. There were other problems with broken curbing and overgrowth.  She contacted Monmouth County Department of Public Works and after they checked out the mess, they have since come back and removed sediment, garbage and overgrowth.  Ms. Toher than read from a letter she received from MCDPW explaining the next steps.  Phase 1 was the maintenance.  Phase 2 will be making improvements on the bridge, cover non-compliant drains and replace curbing.



    April 15, 2021


    There was a brief discussion on the subject.


    1. Commissioner’s Last Word


    City of Asbury Park – Jeanie Toher, Commissioner, glad we’re moving on with geese addling and that more Towns are doing it this year.


    Borough of Allenhurst – Bruce Fromer, Commissioner, also wanted to comment on the goose problem.  In his Town they tend to congregate by the park near the railroad tracks and they are not only a nuisance but they cause a mess.  When he approached his town on this subject his main concern was the fact that there are more children now using the park and it is a tremendous health and safety concern.


    Village of Loch Arbour – Margot Fernicola, Commissioner – announced that the seagrass was removed and placed along Edgemont Drive.  She has concerns about the placement of the rocks.  Ms. Fernicola said that her family is adopting the Claire Weintraub Park and will be keeping it clean.  She also announced the Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweep set for April 17th from 9 AM until 12:30 PM.  Loch Arbour is getting the beach ready for the season.


    Borough of Interlaken – Ms. Roarty said as it appears Interlaken is goose central she will continue to work on the problem and help educate property owners.


    Ms. Toher showed the Bird section on the DLC website that she and Ms. Roarty have been working on.  It can be found under the education section – For the Love of Birds.  They proceeded to explain how the section works.


    Township of Ocean – Don Brockel, Chairman, he has sent out the list of the products they are proposing to spread on the grass in various locations.  He is asking the Commissioners to take it to their towns for them to review.


    Dr. Souza said he has reviewed the product and the two main components are mint oil and rosemary oil.




    UPON MOTION of Interlaken, seconded by Asbury Park, carried that the meeting be opened to the public for comments:


    Rob Jaroszewski, Ocean Township, wanted to alert the DLC to the fact that the osprey nest that was located by the old JCP&L building was taken down.  The DEP did come out and unfortunately there is nothing that can be done.  The Officer did speak to the builder.  The amazing thing is the osprey came back and are rebuilding their nest.   He also loved the bird page on the DLC website.



    March 18, 2021


    Ernest Magnoli, a former Asbury Park resident, wanted to voice his concerns on a variety of different matters.


    Brian Mullins, Ocean Township, asked Dr. Souza, how to get Hollow Brook to not look so muddy.


    Dr. Souza said it’s been a problem with a lot of the streams in Deal Lake and a lot of it has to do with the nature of the soil in that area.  He briefly discussed the problem and some of the solutions that have been suggested.


    There being no further comments and UPON MOTION of Allenhurst, seconded by Ocean, carried that the public hearing be closed.  There being no further business and UPON

    MOTION Asbury Park, seconded by Interlaken, carried that the meeting be finally adjourned at 8:12 PM.



    Jessie M. Joseph, RMC

    Commission Clerk