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PETERSBURG – Upper Township’s Zoning Board met April 21 to continue deliberations on an application by owner Stephen Maloney, for variances to construct a new hotel at the current Strathmere Motel site. 

Strathmere is the seaside area of the municipality and, according to residents, an area with a long history and small-town atmosphere that must be preserved. 

Numerous individuals stressed this perspective during public comment, along with other concerns that the new hotel would be detrimental to the environment, traffic safety, and aesthetics. 

Their voices joined earlier demonstrations of strong opposition from previous Zoning Board meetings, when over 100 residents waited to speak. 

The agenda for the May 13 Zoning Board meeting is set to include closing arguments from the attorney for a resident objecting to the application, as well as the applicant’s attorney, findings of fact, and possible resolution of the matter.

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