UPDATE: Some - Not All - Ortley Residents Can Re-enter, Beginning Wednesday
Calls complaining about access creating additional problems, officials say
UPDATE: Phase 1 and 2 of the re-entry plan does not apply to everyone in Ortley Beach. Please refer to the attached photograph to see where it applies. The geography of Ortley Beach changes daily, Toms River officials say. The state Department of Transportation and Toms River officials say they're working feverishly to improve the roads in Ortley Beach.
The Toms River Police Department has a plan to enable residents of the Ortley Beach section to re-enter the area, beginning Wednesday.
Residents will have what officials are saying is a "reasonable" amount of time to grab essential personal items.
Phase one will enable residents to retrieve personal items, officials say. Phase two will account for winterization and flood remediation.
The schedule includes:
- Registration will take place from 8 to 8:45 a.m. at the Bellcrest Plaza, 935 Fischer Blvd, Toms River.
- At 8:45 a.m., buses leave for Ortley Beach.
- The buses will make continual loops between the affected area and the registration site.
- The buses will run between 8:45 a.m. and 3 o.m. All residents are to leave the barrier islands by 3 p.m.
- To register, the resident will provide a photo ID, which will be surrendered and stored onsite with the registration form. They will then be given a carbon copy of their registration form (which becomes their ticket to board the bus) and a pass to wear while in the affected area.
- Upon return to the mainland the resident, wills urrender the pass and their photo ID will be returned to them.
- Each bus will have an officer accompanying it to the affected area.
- Entry to the affected area will be restricted to residents only. Two people per residence and proper identification (driver’s license, tax or utility bill) is required.
- A perimeter will be established and manned by police officers around the area in which residents will arrive.
- Residents will be transported to Ortley Beach from theBellcrest Plaza (935 Fischer Blvd) Toms River via a Toms River Regional school bus.
Residents of some portions of the barrier island communities have already gained access to their homes.
Calls demanding access -- borne of overwhelming anger and frustration -- were creating additional problems, Toms River officials said on the township's website.
In a post titled, "Not everyone can be first -- Town Hall and Police inundated with callers," officials urged residents to stop the barrage.
In the Ortley Beach section, Police Chief Michael Mastronardy will let residents know what streets will be allowed in first, and this information will be posted on the township website at www.TomsRiverTownship.com. People can also sign up for the reverse 911 system, as well, to be notified.