Long Branch Planning Board has unplanned mess

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A recent incident at the Long Branch City Planning Board’s regular meeting on March 18, has touched off a storm of statewide LGBT protest. During a routine examination of an application to relocate an Italian ice business, the applicant’s attorney, Frank McGovern, asked a witness if the lighthouse shaped sign designed for the business was “phallic.” The witness said it was not “in my eyes.” Later in the meeting board Vice Chairman Edward Thomas directed McGovern to refrain from mentioning “inappropriate sexual preferences.”