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Joe Pesci writes scathing letter rebuking neighbors’ proposed dock length

Joe Pesci and other angry Jersey Shore residents are sounding off against two of their neighbors for trying to extend their boating docks by 300ft. 

In a scathing letter shared on West Point Island Dock Dispute – a page created by the residents, which included photos of a long dock already in place – the Goodfellas star shared that he was in ‘strong opposition’ to the two applications in place.

The two applications ask to extend docks on Barnegat Bay to 300ft, similar to a 2018 addition to another dock that saw its size increase by more than 180ft.

‘More than doubling the length of these docks undoubtedly would block views of the Bay currently enjoyed by other area homeowners,’ Pesci said in his letter, witten last October.  

‘More importantly, these extensions would force boaters, kayakers and paddlers in this area — which include children in addition to adults — to operate in waters far from land, and accordingly in the wakes of large watercraft.’ 

The 77-year-old actor wrote in his letter that he has owned the property in Lavallette since 1990 and has maintained his own dock that has been 120ft, the standard size. 

He said that when the extension for the dock in 2018 occurred, which he opposed then, northern views of the Bay became ‘impaired’ from his property. Pesci also shared that the dock ‘negatively impacted’ boat travels and made the Bay more unsafe.  

The two proposals are currently awaiting approval by the Tidelands Resource Counsel within the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) 

He concluded in the letter: ‘As a 30-year resident of West Point Island, I respectfully ask the Department to take this opportunity to stop this trend now by denying the pending applications before it is too late.’ 

Pesci has recently put the home on the market for $6.5million, Patch reports. 

Decades ago, an artificial boundary line was established for the docks. 

Dock owner P.T. Jibsail is being represented by Neil Yoskin, who argues that the state owns the water and added that the plaintiff’s rights only extends to a certain point. 

The NJDEP has added that it is not clear how far an owners’ rights extends.  

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