You may have lived within a stone's throw of Fort Monmouth your entire life, and yet never had the opportunity to peak behind the brick and barbed wire. Well, now's your chance.
On Jan. 30 the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) will host its first community bus tour of the former Army installation. This is the rescheduled date for a planned November tour which was put off following Hurricane Sandy. The fort saw flooding in about a third of its property.
On the upcoming tour, members of the public are invited to see the former post and hear from FMERA staff about the redevelopment effort. Due to the capacity of the buses, tours are limited to 60 members of the public, and seats will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis. The bus will leave from the visitor center on Oceanport Avenue (in the parking lot across from the main gate) in Oceanport at 10 a.m. (See the map with this story.)
"We want to run these as often as we can to keep a steady stream of folks on the fort," said FMERA executive director Bruce Steadman.
Reservations made for the previous tour will not be honored.
To sign up for the Jan. 30 event, email FMERAINFO@njeda.com. You will receive an email from the FMERA Office confirming your attendance. FMERA expects this to be the first of several tours to be scheduled in the coming months.