Category Archives: Eminent Domain

Long Branch Mayoral Race ‘14: Low Turnout, High Hopes

By Dennis “DJ” Mikolay Huddled into Avery Grant’s mayoral campaign headquarters on Brighton Avenue, Long Branch’s long-downtrodden political opposition experienced an unprecedented boost of energy and inspiration on Tuesday night. It was the non-partisan Election Day, and though twenty-four year … Continue reading

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Special Feature: Specter of Eminent Domain Haunts Long Branch Mayoral Race (Part III)

By Dennis “DJ” Mikolay Initially, it didn’t appear that the courts would provide relief for residents of MTOTSA, the quaint oceanfront community slated for demolition after Long Branch partnered with a private developer as part of an all-encompassing redevelopment plan. … Continue reading

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Special Feature: Specter of Eminent Domain Haunts Long Branch Mayoral Race (Part II)

By Dennis “DJ” Mikolay As residents of Long Branch fought to save their homes, many external observers, the press included, questioned exactly how this battle over property rights came into being. To be clear, the rise of eminent domain abuse … Continue reading

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Special Feature: Specter of Eminent Domain Haunts Long Branch Mayoral Race (Part I)

By Dennis “DJ” Mikolay It is almost tradition at this point: every four years, Long Branch inevitably finds itself a city divided. With the non-partisan mayoral election now less than a month away, the showdown between those who support the … Continue reading

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Avery Grant’s Pioneering Vision for Long Branch: “A Community.”

By Dennis “DJ” Mikolay When retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Avery Grant, a veteran of the Vietnam War, first moved to Long Branch, he was taken not only by its natural beauty, but also the strong sense of community that … Continue reading

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Fighting City Hall

By Dennis “DJ” Mikolay In recent years, talk of Asbury Park’s comeback has dominated headlines in Monmouth County; the idea that new life could emerge in the long forgotten city by the sea has excited residents and visitors alike and … Continue reading

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