For the first time in about 80 years, U.S. Coast Guard members attached to the Manasquan Inlet station function completely new, expanded, weatherproof and state-of-the-art surroundings.

Ribbon-cutting at Station Manasquan Inlet (U.S. Coast Guard)
Ribbon-cutting at Station Manasquan Inlet (U.S. Coast Guard)

The ribbon was cut Friday for the new headquarters, which brings all members into a centralized spot, according to Chief Petty Officer Zachary Gray.

"In the past we were working out of several different buildings and now we can work seamlessly as we carry out our missions. We are very excited to begin a new chapter and continue to provide the highest level of response to the boating community," Gray said.

The station, built through funds approved after Superstorm Sandy, accomodates administration, maintenance, repairs and training.

It includes 592 square feet of classroom space, a 2,900-square-foot boat bay and marine rail car, a gym, office spaces, work cubicles, and room to stow and maintain gear for survival systems, rescue and law enforcement.

Coast Guard officials said that the original station, dating back to the 1930s, was built to dimensions that outmoded the maintenance facility as newer model vessels grew too large to fit inside it, and deterioration had set in.

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