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Brielle Borough

Brielle Borough Hall is located at 601 Union Lane, Brielle NJ 08730; phone: 732-528-6600.

The Borough of Brielle was incorporated in 1919 from Howell Township. Brielle is pretty much a bedroom community with many residents commuting to various parts of NJ and New York City. The borough is, presumably, named for the town of Brielle, Holland, which is located less than 20 miles from Rotterdam.

The borough boundaries include the Manasquan River (south), Manesquan Borough and Wall Township (north, east and west).

Beginnings []

Founded as a speculative development in 1881, Brielle profited from its location on the Manasquan River to become a maritime community. In the 1930s, the riverfront maintained "a large fishing fleet and boat yards." [1] Today the Brielle Basin offers a variety of services for both commercial and recreational fishermen. Signs advertise Bogan's Brielle Basin Deep Sea Fishing Fleet and promote charter boats, such as the Paramount and Jamaica, as well as cruises aboard the more ornamental River Queen. The Brielle Yacht Club Marina extends along the water for some distance and owns several restaurants overlooking the docks. An old railroad bridge stands abandoned amid the marina's many yachts and boats. The maritime theme is even present in Brielle residences, several of which are decorated with anchors, sailboats and other nautical images.

Today, Brielle, Sea Girt, and Manasquan blend into each other with little differentiation. Unlike neighboring Spring Lake, with its boundaries of water and wide, manicured lawns, these communities are less obviously contained; their individual commercial districts have expanded along Route 71 to a continuous artery.

  1. Gustav Kobbe, The New Jersey Coast and Pines, (Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1977), 56.)

† Alfred Holden, HABS Historian, Towns of Sea Girt, Manasquan, and Brielle, Historic American Buildings Survey, HABS NJ-1011, 1991.

**Information is curated from a variety of sources and, while deemed reliable, is not guaranteed.
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