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Ortley Beach's Dolphins Are Back

Some had feared dolphin painting would not return

The Ortley Beach water tower, as painting work continues. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
The Ortley Beach water tower, as painting work continues. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Work on the Ortley Beach water tower had some locals worried that the familiar jumping dolphin design would go away after it was painted.

Patch reported last month that the dolphins would return, but a gap in between the initial painting of the tower and the work to re-create the tower's art had some worried that the tower's owner, NJ American Water, rethought their earlier decision.

In reality, a different contractor was used for the artwork on the tower.

Work began on the dolphins and the "Ortley Beach" wording last week and is still ongoing.

The 500,000 gallon water tank, before its most recent repainting, was last painted in 1992 while the interior steel structure of the tank was rehabilitated and the inner walls repainted in 2013.

While the work proceeds, customers’ water service is not expected to be interrupted, NJ American Water told Patch.
PJ Ortley June 18, 2014 at 09:25 AM
While many people are still struggling to return, it is nice to see signs of normalcy.
Martin June 18, 2014 at 10:20 AM
Businesses first, people last: "Most boardwalks and amusement parks on the Jersey Shore are back, but some neighborhoods just off the beach are filled with boarded-up bungalows... "The state has also been hobbled by its own missteps. In January, it cut ties with a firm managing two rebuilding programs after complaints from applicants and other performance issues... "New Jersey officials also have acknowledged using faulty data that led to improper rejections for some homeowners." http://online.wsj.com/articles/many-displaced-by-superstorm-sandy-still-wait-for-housing-help-1403060886?tesla=y
Halpha2 June 18, 2014 at 11:59 AM
^^^^^ Martin still complaining after nearly 2 years. U must be getting tired from crying.
suz June 18, 2014 at 12:53 PM
Sorry Martin, but I have to side with Halpa...ANY, yes any, move forward is welcome in my opinion. Even the darn dolphins on the water tower!
fed up June 21, 2014 at 08:36 PM
"some had feared"?? some are nuts!!

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