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FH Dock to be Back in Shape in May

Fair Haven Mayor Ben Lucarelli estimates that the dock will be ready for people and events once again in the warmer months. What are your favorite Fair Haven Dock memories?

The relatively new Hurricane Sandy-ravaged Fair Haven Dock has not seen any foot traffic lately; and, it likely won't until around Memorial Day.

That's the target date for getting the dock that was basically ripped apart and tossed down the river by Sandy put back together again, Mayor Ben Lucarelli said.

Right now, the dock looks pretty much the same as it did the day after Sandy hit, minus the downed wires nearby and tightly secured "do not cross" tape.

The dock, which was built in the early 1970s, always served as a social cornerstone for locals, from kids jumping off it as a hot spot for a swim and hanging with the popular pre-teens years ago to fishing, crabbing and concerts, and even weddings, more recently.

The dock was revamped in the early 1980s and then completely overhauled to include a gazebo and other amenites in 2009. The latest redesign cost more than $200,000.

There are no cost estimates yet for the Sandy-inspired fix-up, Lucarelli said, but, he added, an insurance claims adjuster needs to assess the damage and borough officials can then submit a proposal to the insurance company.

Lucarelli added that once all that is done and a dock builder weighs in, "it should be back in shape for Memorial Day."

In the meantime, take a look at some photos of the dock before and after Sandy and check out the YouTube video of Sandy dismantling the dock.

What are your favorite Fair Haven Dock memories? Tell us in the comments section below.

Marc Edelman January 10, 2013 at 11:18 PM
Drinking Beer at night on the end of the dock and dumping the beer in the river when the officers came walking down the dock. Who knew we were not the first kids to think of that and the officers had pool poles they strapped under the dock with nets to scoop the beer up?
Elaine Van Develde (Editor) January 11, 2013 at 01:57 AM
In seventh and eighth grade I remember it being THE place to be asked to hang out with the cool kids. When I finally got an invite, all I could think of was how to avoid jumping in. I really couldn't swim and was scared to death. Everyone was jumping and I just kept talking, hoping to God they didn't notice that I didn't jump.
Jeanne (Murphy) Wnorowski January 11, 2013 at 02:40 AM
I have several fond memories of the Fair Haven Dock... 1. Chris England, me, maybe Ginger White and John Donato riding our bikes off the end of the dock. Obviously, prior to the rail. Probably 1973-74. I made the mistake of telling my husband, Mark, and he loves reminding me when opportunity presents itself! 2. Mark and I got married at the end of the dock on May 4 1991 by Judge Kirkpatrick of Rumson. My daughter Meghan gave me away! 3. Crabbing off the end of the dock with my grandson Isaac and his Dad in 2005. We were all in from Idaho visiting my Mom. Love the Fair Haven dock!
gail gingras January 11, 2013 at 12:00 PM
I have similar memories as mentioned above along with spending time with my first true love at the end of the dock.i love and miss Fair Haven...it was a great place to grow up.
Elaine Van Develde (Editor) January 11, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Hey, Jeanne! I didn't know you got married on the dock! And, as for you and Ginger ... ha! No wonder why everyone was so intimidated by you two. Too cool. ;)
APO 301 January 11, 2013 at 11:42 PM
Must be a misprint, that the dock was built in 1970. My uncles swam from that dock when they were young, and I swam from that dock when I was very young, and they were many, many years ago. Not enough space here to put into words of all the memories growing up on that dock, and also the "steamboat dock" in Rumson.
Elaine Van Develde (Editor) January 11, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Not a misprint. You are correct. The dock was built in the early 1970s. This is about rebuilding it after Sandy. I know there's limited space, but I'd love to hear just one story you have! We all have one. ;)
APO 301 January 12, 2013 at 06:29 PM
If the Fair Haven dock was built in the late 70's, what was I swimming from in the late 30' & '40's, and what were my uncles swimming from in tthe '30's??? Somewhere around here, I have a picture of my uncle and a very close friend of his, that was taken at the FH dock when they were about15-16. Somewhere in that age, and both served in WW II, so it had to be before 1941. The original dock was to the east of the dock we are talking about, closer to the Yacht Works. It had a shed on it, and we used to change our clothes in it, and if you look at the mural on the wall of the TD Bank, you will see what I am talking about. I might sound like I am an "old grump", but I hate to see local history mistaken. You can call me anything you want to, except late for lunch.
Elaine Van Develde (Editor) January 12, 2013 at 07:36 PM
Ha! What I'd call you is informative! Thank you for the info. It is truly appreciated. The one east of the present dock was another, albeit the original, dock. And, I do remember that. This is a different one — the one that was built in the 70s and again later and is now wrecked from Sandy. STILL, same area, same concept. And, most importantly, same great memories. I would absolutely LOVE to see those pics! ;)
Frank Boesch January 13, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Not sure if they are on the dock anymore (or we're they on a different version of the dock) but at one point there were benches where the backs flipped back and forth (one could face the water or the dock.) My Webelos den (Pack 125) was involved in a project to refurbish the backs of those benches circa 1974.
APO 301 January 15, 2013 at 09:05 PM
I know he dock you are talking about is different from the original I described w/shed on it. The original was falling down , holes in the planks etc. The dock you are trying to tell me was built in the '70s, may have been rebuilt in the 70's, but I know I swam from the present dock at the foot of Fair Haven Rd. when ( as I said before) I was very young. The dock you say was built in the 70's may have been rebuilt, or redecked in the 70's, but it was built long before then. If I didn't swim from that dock at the end of FH Rd., what dock did I swim from??? I don't remember when the original dock was torn down, but was probably torn down when Paul Stender built his house on the east end of Fair Haven Rd.. Just a guess. If you don't understand what I'm trying to say about the docks, I would venture to say, that I can't explain it any better. I might be old, but I can still remember my roots with no problem. How about this. I can tell you where I was standing on Rumson Rd. when the King and Queen of England whizzed past, on their way to Ft. Hancock in 1939. North east corner of Rumson Rd. and Buena Vista Ave. But, that's another story. Anyway you look at it, FH is fortunate to have a dock that can be enjoyed, unlike Rumson's dock that was falling down and was finally torn down, never to be rebuilt. That too is another story.


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