Is­land man­agers

The Advance of Bucks County - - BRISTOL AREA -

grew up in to ex­press his frus­tra­tion.

“If you don’t have enough help, you can’t get all the work done and you’ll go out of busi­ness. This board ma­jor­ity has taken po­lit­i­cal mal­func­tion to a higher level,” he said.

CLSULDnR’V FRPPHnWV PLUURU $EDWH’V, FODLPLnJ WKDW WKH FLWy RI­fi­cials, in­clud­ing Mayor games Faz­zone, have been “in­vis­i­ble” when it comes to is­land is­sues, to the detri­ment of devel­op­ment.

“The city’s lack of help and en­thu­si­asm keeps things at a stand­still. They don’t un­der­stand that a re­vi­tal­ized is­land means a re­viWDOLzHG BuUOLnJWRn CLWy,” CLSULDnR VDLG. “,P WLUHG RI fiJKWLnJ WKH ERDUG PDMRULWy DnG ,’P WLUHG RI fiJKWLnJ WKH FLWy.”

Board mem­ber Mur­ray Son­stein had lit­tle to say about Abate and Cipri­ano.

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At­tempts by Buck­sio­ to reach other board mem­bers were un­suc­cess­ful.

Dave Bal­lard, Burling­ton’s di­rec­tor of hous­ing and com­mu­nity devel­op­ment, was more out­spo­ken, call­ing crit­i­cism of the city and of the mayor “grossly” un­fair.

“The mayor and I have al­ways been avail­able to the board of is­land man­agers. We have worked very hard to keep them in­volved when it comes to is­land is­sues,” Bal­lard said. “And, we have a very good rap­port with sev­eral of the board mem­bers.”

BRDUG FRn­flLFWV PDy KDvH WRUSHGRHG SODnV Ey D CRORUDGR FRP­pany to de­velop a dredg­ing op­er­a­tion on the former U.S. Pipe site. In 2011, Fidelis En­vi­ron­men­tal Risk Man­age­ment Inc. wanted to pur­chase the site and tried to work with the board to come to an agree­ment to dredge the Delaware River and tem­po­rar­ily use the south­ern part of the is­land to de­posit spoils.

The com­pany would have paid up to $1 mil­lion - to be split be­tween the city and the is­land man­agers - for use of the is­land. That de­posited ma­te­rial would have been re­moved once Fidelis set up its planned per­ma­nent dredg­ing com­pany at U.S. Pipe.

Af­ter months of ne­go­ti­a­tions, Fidelis walked away be­cause of wKDW CE2 .Hn EOOLRWW FDOOHG Ln­fiJKWLnJ DPRnJ ERDUG PHPEHUV.

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