EGG HARBOR CITY — Jermey Cavileer has gathered more than 8,000 signatures in an online petition to support the city creating a skate park.

Cavileer, 29, is closing in on his goal of obtaining 10,000 signatures.

As of Sunday, Cavileer had 9,197 supporters — 868 signatures from New Jersey. His petition went online May 4.

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“My friends and I are willing to look into grants and fund-raise to make this happen,” Cavileer said to Care2, where his petition is posted. “We are just looking for approval, not money.”

Cavileer has been skating for 17 years. He works in information technology for an Egg Harbor City company.

He told Care2 he has been vocal at City Council meetings to propose the idea.

Council President Ed Dennis Sr. was reached Sunday and said the council has voted on this issue, and it is not interested.

Cavileer began the Care2 petition after makeshift do-it-yourself skating spots were destroyed. If the city created a legal skate park, residents would be much safer, he believes.

The typical concerns about skating include property destruction and disruptions to traffic and pedestrians.

He believes a designated skate park would solve the problem.

“Skating is such a positive physical activity. Let’s give the kids a safe place to skate, without any damage to private property and out of the way of pedestrians or vehicles,” Cavileer wrote on the petition.

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Twenty years as a staff writer in the features department, specializing in entertainment and the arts at The Press of Atlantic City.

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