Regarding the May 23 article, "Strathmere can win secession appeal, Florio says":

This battle is not about taxes for me and my neighbors. Upper Township Mayor Richard Palombo said, "It has everything to do with taxes, and they know it." I am offended that the mayor is telling me why I am part of this movement. It is about maintaining and retaining our town, mayor, and you should know it.

I hear about all the work Upper Township is doing in Strathmere, a long list. It wasn't much of a list until Strathmere residents raised their heads and said we have needs that are different from those of the mainland. The township is just reacting.

As your paper and others reported this past year, Strathmere was very close to losing at least six homes at the north end due to erosion. Rather than being proactive, the township was, again, reactive. The homes were barely saved at the last minute.

But the township was told several years ago by the Coastal Research Center at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, which the township pays for quarterly reports, that this erosion and loss of property would happen without certain action. But action was not taken.

I have heard it said that Strathmere is a town of millionaires with mansions. Many of the original bungalows from the 1930s, '40s and '50s still exist. Many were built by fathers, grandfathers or even great grandfathers. Some have been renovated. Some new residents have moved to town. But for most, it is where we grew up, and a major concern is whether our children and grandchildren have a Strathmere to enjoy. Or will Upper Township just continue its poor management and let it continue to erode away?

I do not need anyone to tell me what I know. Proper management of our town and beaches is the issue, Mayor Palombo.

DAVE TOWNSEND

Strathmere

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