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: 

    Guide for Lake Front Property Owners

    Meeting – May 20, 2021 – Minutes



    May 20, 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 (E. Houghtaling)* arrived at 7:23 pm x  
    Ocean (D. Brockel) x  



                Hunt Parry, Esq., Commission Attorney

    Peter R. Avakian, Commission Engineer

    Dr. Stephen Souza, Environmental Consultant

    Dr. Jack Szczepanski, Environmental Consultant 319H Grant

    Jessie M. Joseph, Commission Clerk


    Resolution #21-039 – Resolution to Approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting

                                        April 15, 2021


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


    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Deal Lake Commission held on April 15, 2021 be and the same are hereby approved (Deal and Neptune do not vote).



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

    Nays:  None

    Absent:  Deal, Neptune





    May 20, 2021


    Resolution #21-040 – Resolution to Approve Treasurers Report and Pay Bills


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



    Manasquan Bank                                                                                                     $  78,750.52

    NJ Cash Management Fund                                                                                        42,316.21


    TOTAL ON DEPOSIT                                                                                           $121,066.73



      Interest – Manasquan Bank (April)                                                                                   71.57

    Interest – Cash Management Fund (April)                                                                          1.50

    Other – NJDEP, Qtr. 9 reimbursement                                                                         8,759.85

    2021 Annual Assessment – Loch Arbour, Ocean Township (in transit)                   23,500.00


    TOTAL RECEIPTS                                                                                                   32,332.92



      2021 Appropriations:

      Lorraine Carafa, CFO, May                                                                                          416.67

      Jessie Joseph, Admin, May                                                                                            625.00

    Clean Waters Consulting, April (Coca-Cola Redevelopment Impact Report)           1,487.50

    Don Brockel, May reimbursement                                                                                 129.35

    JCP&L, a/c #100XXXXXX368                                                                                       52.06

    Leon S. Avakian, Inc., Invoice #14044                                                                          660.00

    Princeton Hydro, LLC, Consu;ting, March #41552, $264.00;

    April #41694, $697.80                                                                                                961.80

    Verizon (a/c#24xxxx875-2-0001; Invoice #9878266584                                                40.24


    Sub-total Disbursements                                                                                              4,372.62


      Grant Disbursements


     319H, WM18-016:

    Leon S. Avakian, Inc., Invoice #14042                                                                            975.00


     Flume Electrification:

    Leon S. Avakian, Inc., Invoice #14043                                                                            300.00



    May 20, 2021


     Total Grant Disbursements                                                                                        1,275.00


    TOTAL DISBURSEMENTS                                                                                       5,647.62



      Manasquan Bank                                                                                                      105,434.32

    NJ Cash Management Fund                                                                                        42,317.71


    TOTAL ON DEPOSIT                                                                                          $147,752.03



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

    Nays:  None

    Absent:  Deal, Neptune




    1. Flume Electrification – Don Brockel, Commission Chairman, reported that the project is almost done. He then 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 certify the last payment.  He will be meeting with the Commission Clerk to go over the bills so they can be submitted for reimbursement.


    Bruce Fromer, Allenhurst Commissioner, requested a tour of the flume now that the project is completed.


    1. 319(H) Grant – Jack Szczepanski, Environmental Consultant for the 319(H) Grant, reported that after a few miscommunications the FWI’s (floating wetland islands) were delivered on May 15thand with the help of a group of volunteers and numerous other professionals, they were able to unload all of the islands from the truck. We are looking at the first two weeks in June to do the installation. The planting should take about three days.


    Mr. Avakian said the MTD’s (manufactured treatment device) are completed for Grand Avenue and the big unit is being finished.  He is meeting with the Contractor tomorrow and we are hoping for delivery next week when they are all done.  The Contractor doesn’t want delivery to take place until all three are finished.   He is also continuing to work with Ocean Grove on the rain gardens.


    1. New 319 Grant Phase I with NJIT – Mr. Brockel reported NJIT will be going out and doing depth work tomorrow and will share their findings with both the DLC and Monmouth University.




    May 20, 2021


    1. Nobility Crest – Hunt Parry, Commission Attorney, briefed the Commissioners on the response from the Attorney for Nobility Crest. As expected, they are denying anything happened. Before moving ahead in discussions, he would like to speak with Ocean Township’s

    Attorney since the project is in Ocean Township.  After the meeting we will schedule an executive session to discuss the Commission’s next move.


    Mr. Brockel said he will be sending Marty Martino a copy of the letter the DLC sent to Nobility Crest.


    1. Shoreline Protection/Education – Mr. Brockel said he and Jeannie Toher, Asbury Park Commissioner are working on a response to the State.


    1. 2021 Weed Treatment – Mr. Brockel reported that the treatment will start tomorrow.


    Dr. Stephen Souza, Commission Environmental Consultant, said he will go make an observation after 14 days to see how the treatment is working.  He did ask Solitude Lake Management to take a look at the area east of Wickapecko.


    1. Coca Cola Plant – Mr. Avakian reported that the application was scheduled to be heard before the Neptune Township Planning Board on May 26th, but the Applicant has requested adjournment until the regular meeting in July. He will let us know if anything changes.


    1. Goose/Carp Remediation – Mr. Brockel said geese control still remains a hot topic.


    Ms. Toher said she has not received an update from Nicole with Fish & Wildlife on the number of nests treated.  She will send out another e-mail blast letting residents know when they see a nest to contact the DLC so we can contact Nicole.  The program will be done in ten days and after that Nicole should be submitting a report to us.


    1. Ship & Sniff Program with Clean Ocean Action – No Update.


    1. Seaview Mall – No Update


    1. Restoration of 4 lakes/ponds west of Wickapecko – No Update.


    1. Water Testing: Presentation by Dr. Jason Adolf of Monmouth University


    Ms. Toher wanted to thank all of the citizen scientists for coming out and working during COVID.  After she read their names a few of them spoke about their experience.





    May 20, 2021


    Dr. Jason Adolf and Erin Conlon from Monmouth University gave a presentation on the Clonet results (Coastal Lakes Observing Networks).  The complete presentation will be available on the DLC website.  He also wanted to thank all of the citizen scientists.


    1. Corlies Ave. Bridge (O-10) – Mr. Brockel said there is a link on the DLC website that has all of the latest information on the project.


    1. 2021 Assessments – The Commission Clerk reported that except for the Borough of Interlaken all of the 2021 assessments are paid.


    1. Ms. Toher asked if we would be voting on doing the treatments for geese control.


    Mr. Brockel said we are holding off until next month when the geese are done nesting.  Also, we are waiting to hear from all of the towns.  So far, Allenhurst and Ocean Township are a yes.  Margaret Fernicola, Loch Arbour Commissioner said Loch Arbour is a no.




    1. Mr. Brockel reported on the Senate bill that calls for $10M in lake funding that would help lakes significantly affected by algae and other environmental issues. He is upset because it specifically mentions Greenwood Lake and Lake Hopatcong.


    Assemblyman Houghtaling who also represents Township of Neptune on the Deal Lake Commission, first wanted to commend Mr. Brockel on communicating his displeasure to him and Senator Gopal with this bill.  He went on to give a brief update on the progress of the bill. He is hoping that  there will be a new bill introduced that will include Deal Lake.


    1. Dr. Souza had the following items to discuss:
    2. Deadline for submission of NALMS posters is June 1st.
    3. He wrote an article on Deal Lake that will be in the ANJEC Summer Newsletter. Once it’s published we can put it on the DLC website.
    4. Wanted to thank Eric Houghtaling for jumping on the HAB Management Legislation,
    5. Sent Dr. Adolf the contact information for the OTHS freshman interested in lake volunteering services.
    6. Spoke about a biochar clone cost share opportunity. He gave a brief explanation of the material and said that it is used to remove bacteria, metals and dissolved pollutants from stormwater entering the lake.  The Commissioners were very interested in the product.  Dr. Souza will get more information.








    May 20, 2021


    1. Commissioner’s Last Word


    Borough of Interlaken – Carolyn Roarty, Commissioner, was happy to see the MTD marked out and can’t wait to see the impact that is has on the lake.  She is continuing to work on a conceptual educational plan for people that walk along the lake.


    Village of Loch Arbour – Margot Fernicola, Commissioner – reported the sand is cleaned-up on Ocean Place.  They are also working on making sure everyone has lids on recycling bins.  Looking forward to a good and safe summer.


    Township of Neptune – Eric Houghtaling, Commissioner, gave an update on the balloon bill.  Proud to have been a part of the ribbon cutting for Main Street in Asbury Park.


    Borough of Allenhurst – Bruce Fromer, Commissioner, said Allenhurst has approved the goose repellent.  He also reported on spotting two wild turkeys strolling around.


    City of Asbury Park – Jeanie Toher, Commissioner, very impressed with the involvement of so many people along Deal Lake.  Plastic bag ban law in effect statewide 2022.  Spoke briefly about under grate catch basin filters.




    UPON MOTION of Neptune, seconded by Ocean, carried that the meeting be opened to the public for comments:


    Brian Mullins, Ocean Township, thanked Dr. Souza for his comprehensive  report on the redevelopment of the former Coca Cola plant.


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


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

    MOTION Allenhurst, seconded by Interlaken, carried that the meeting be finally adjourned at 8:22 PM.



    Jessie M. Joseph, RMC

    Commission Clerk