BRICK – Summerfest 2021 is happening, with concerts scheduled for every Thursday in July, beginning with July 1, said Mayor John G. Ducey during the February 9 virtual Township Council meeting.
That is, if the state allows outdoor events to take place by July. The township must still abide by state policies regarding outdoor events due to the coronavirus.
Summerfest 2020 and the accompanying fireworks shows were postponed and then cancelled due to crowd limitations as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis. The administration was hopeful that state restrictions would be lifted in time for the concerts, but they were not.
The Summerfest 2021 band lineup includes Superbad TransAM on July 1; The Amish Outlaws on July 8; The Nerds on July 15; and the 80’s and 90’s Decades on July 22. The fifth Thursday, July 29 is reserved as a rain date, if necessary, for any concert that needs to be postponed.
During the council meeting, the governing body passed a resolution to bid for vendors to provide food and refreshments for the four Summerfest concerts, the annual car show, and an option for the Craft Sale and Night Out Against Crime events.
Last year, six vendors were awarded a one-year contract in the amount of $6,480.
The township is also seeking a vendor for the Summerfest beer and wine garden. Last year the township received $6,000 for the one-year negotiated contract.
Also, the council passed a resolution to bid for a FallFest food vendor to identify and secure a number of food trucks with a variety of offerings for the annual event.
The contract will be awarded to one bidder who would provide a minimum of 16, and a maximum of 20 food trucks for the event, which is held at Windward Beach Park. The FallFest will be held on Saturday, October 16.
In other township news, the governing body authorized a receipt of bids for the operation of food concession stands at Brick Beach 1 and Brick Beach 3.
For Brick Beach 1, the township received $1,100 for the current one-year contract to Castaway Kitchen LLC.
Jersey Shore Shack won the food concession contract for Brick Beach 3, for which the township received $2,700 for the current one-year contract. The new contracts for the food concession stands will be for three years, starting with the 2021 season.
The township is also going out to bid for a mobile ice cream truck vendor to visit Windward Beach Park and Traders Cove Marina every day, from Memorial Day to Labor Day for the upcoming season. Last year the successful bidder paid $581 to the township to provide this service.
The council authorized a receipt of bids for Phase 1 of improvements to Windward Beach Park to align it with the Americans With Disabilities Act. The township’s 2020 capital budget included funds for the design. The project will be 100 percent reimbursed by HUD CDBG (Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant) funds, said Council President Lisa Crate.
The improvements include renovations to the parking lot, including paving, striping, signage, railings, concrete work, ramps, and other ADA amenities.
The next council meeting will be on Tuesday, February 23 at 7 p.m.