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Permanent residents need more time!

Many of us have irreplaceable items in our homes...give us the time to get them out!

We need more time than a "grab & dash" will allow on the barrier island.  Permanent residents have their lives in their homes.  Who do we petition to give us a full day to bring in a truck, and get out what we need to? 

These decision makers have to realize this...some of us have pets, valuables, business paperwork, guns, family heirlooms, etc.

And we need to get in QUICKLY...every day the moisture and mold destroy what's still salvageable.

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Nancy November 05, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Anxiously waiting to hear when we can get to our house on Ortley Beach. Hopefully to board up before the noreaster comes on Wednesday!!! Doors and windows are gone...want to prevent further damage!
Pat November 05, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Pat O'Shea - full time resident Sailfish Way Ocean Beach 3 PLEASE! Let me bring family and a truck with boxes to retrieve my stuff and gut the house so it is not further destroyed!!!!
James Higgins November 05, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Toms River should be ashamed of themselves. Berkley at least is handling this correctly and providing time and ability to remove personal property. Toms River police has stated there has been no looting, the gas issue is days past. They no longer have a right to keep us out, if they want to use safety, I'm willing to sign a waiver. Every day longer increases damages to property that has survived. This look like a Ritacco operation, are they asking for kickbacks? Access fees? They should be ashamed and residents should rise up and force this issue to a head.
Patricia Perillo November 05, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Pat Normandy Beach has had no leads as to storm damages and estimated entry ( to our homes ) dates. We have been homeless for over 7 days and have no idea when we can get in to clean out refrigerators and remove valuables. Someone must have a guesstimate ???
Joan R November 05, 2012 at 05:07 PM
We are trying to get into my parents permanent residence in OB111 to get as much as we can salvage out and to begin the insurance and destruction/rebuild process. The house is in tact. Just had a lot of water.
Fred Baumann November 05, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Everything we own is in our HOME. We are in our 70,s and need time and help to get what we need out. We can't do that with this take and grab plan. Residents should be allowed in first and given a reasonable time to retrieve what they need, Give us some dignity
Julie November 06, 2012 at 01:07 AM
everyone needs to realize that every effort possible is being utilized to try to get people back to their homes and properties, the devastation and destruction is far worse than anyone can imagine and emergency workers have been working around the clock since the storm doing everything they can to protect what people have left as well as devising plans to let the public come back.. they are not sitting around just preventing you from the islands for their enjoyment the majority of the islands are damaged and sink holes are forming left and right... what happens when you bring your family and a truck and then that truck falls into a sink hole that you could not see? if you have left pets on the island then there are rescue teams in place to get your pets please contact them....otherwise please try to remember that they will let people over when it is SAFE right now that is not the case..they thought it was safe for seaside park today and then decided it is not safe enough and canceled the second day for those residents. ... i know its hard and unbearable but please remember that your life is worth more than your house.
Gina November 06, 2012 at 04:40 AM
If it is "unsafe" to be there I do understand but there has to be some organization of escorts etc of gutting and boarding. We are being left in the dark of the detailed condition of each street is crazy and which roads may have access. Our homes in Ortley need our attention now, not in a week, not in 6 mos...
Tom McDonough November 06, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Absolute disgrace how this is being handled!! so insensitive
NO Hope November 06, 2012 at 09:56 AM
I think they are not telling us the truth about the island, IT"S OVER>>>time to look foward,not back,we're waisting time
Patricia Perillo November 06, 2012 at 10:55 AM
Let all Barrier Island residents affected by these insenseitive bastards go to the voting polls today to get these heartless politicians out of Office. I may be homeless, with only the clothes on my back, but I will get to the voting booths to get these animals out. Please join me Island residents, as we must be united and fight for our rights !!!! Pat Perillo- Normandy Beach
Patricia Perillo November 06, 2012 at 11:03 AM
Anyone with patience still homeless on the barrier island can view their house by entering their address on the website below. The date of 10/31 worked for me. By trial and error I was able to see an ariel shot of my home in Normandy Beach !! go to http://storms.ngs.noaa.gov/storms/sandy/ and type in your address on the top left. Good Luck!"
Jeff 6th Ave Ortley November 06, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Folks in Ortley, wake up. Barring owners by declaring "unsafe" (when it is clearly not all that unsafe...if you've ever driven on a dirt farm road it's no different), well, this is just step 1. Step 2 = condemning your property in a large block with all the others adjacent to it. Step 3. = use emminent domain laws to take your "unsafe" property along with all the others. They will find a large developer to bankroll the repairs to roads and bulkheads. All the Dover Twp beach towns will need to form a proper Home Owners Association immediately to speak as a legal entity to gain access in the short run, then defend property rights from the State taking it in the long run.
Barnegat Ray November 06, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I was on the "grab your stuff and run" access tour Monday...there were many people mulling about and riding bikes in town who OBVIOUSLY hadn't come in on the tour...I'm glad I was there to see and spread the truth...
Barnegat Ray November 06, 2012 at 03:39 PM
That's right! NOW...not after the mold has taken over, and every pipe has frozen! I have friends IN Ortley that have reported my road is perfectly passable, as are many...they can simply block off the unsafe ones. This is being handled poorly.
Ortley November 06, 2012 at 07:48 PM
full time....part time....whats the difference? We all have valuables and memories there
John Anderson November 06, 2012 at 08:28 PM
https://www.facebook.com/SaveOurPropertyOnTheBarrierIslands
John November 07, 2012 at 02:10 AM
John (5th Ave. Ortley Beach) Toms River has always treat Ortley Beach residents as their cash cow and second rate citizens. Why would you expect any different now!!
Barbara Mele November 07, 2012 at 03:52 AM
I have a home on Eisenhower, which is bay front and has not been damaged!!! We need to get in and protect our homes!! Not all has been lost in Ortley! We need to act now! We need to unite and fight for our rights as home owners! Know a lot of Ortley is unsafe right ow, but we need to act fast to protect what left. Our house is brand new, and they want to condemn everything. THIS IS CRAZY!!!!
Barbara Mele November 07, 2012 at 03:55 AM
I have a home on Eisenhower, which is bay front and has not been damaged!!! We need to get in and protect our homes!! Not all has been lost in Ortley! We need to act now! We need to unite and fight for our rights as home owners! I know alot of Ortley is unsafe right now, but we need to act fast to protect what is left. Our house is brand new, and they want to condemn everything. THIS IS CRAZY!!!!
~Barb~ November 07, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Anyone who had the means to do so...TAKE PICTURES. spread the word of what is really going on over there.
John November 07, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Toms River has always treated Ortley Beach as its cash cow. They collect our taxes, astronomical I might add, for there services on the other side of the bridge. Can you say school budget. Everyone needs to stop paying their Toms River taxes now. Mail a certified letter to the town that your tax money will be put in an escrow account. When you are able to view your property and they have it reevaluated. You will forward your tax money.
~Barb~ November 07, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Agreed. But its a matter of priority. These are people who lost everything with no second residence to retreat to.
Barnegat Ray November 07, 2012 at 04:02 PM
These are great comments and posts, fellow islanders. I live in Ortley Beach. Please find "Kane In Your Corner" on Facebook, and put your comments and frustrations there also. We need as much exposure as possible. Thank you! https://www.facebook.com/#!/kaneinyourcorner?fref=ts
W Jay Bee November 07, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Julie, you are not as sensitive as you would like us to believe. And it is not up to you to decide what is most important to me. I know the difference between a sinkhole and the road. I spent years in the military taking worse risks than a few holes in the ground. If it is so unsafe, why have "special" people had so much fun going on joyrides to check out the island. Get off your high horse and get out of the way!
Barbara Mele November 08, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Our home in Ortley may be our secondary, but does that mean it means less to my family? We have invested tons of money not only in our home, but also in the township. Our heart goes out to those who lived year round in Ortley, but there is obviously no winners in this situation. All we are asking is for the right to examine our property, and safe guard it from what will likely be a long road before we can return. Stop penalizing the people who may not live there all year. What some don't realize is that it takes a lot to have these homes. We do it to give our children memories of days spent at the shore. I agree with the comment about us being used as CASH COWS! It seems to be all they like us for.
Barnegat Ray November 08, 2012 at 04:58 AM
Go to Facebook and friend this page...lots of Ortley Pics https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/stormy.sandy
Karen 6th Ave November 10, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Aren't there any lawyers that own homes in Ortley that want to represent the homeowners of Ortley Vs. Toms River???
carol boyle November 10, 2012 at 04:41 PM
my heart goes out to all the people in ortley, i only hope toms river could due better for you all and allow more then just 2 pieces of luggage. i have a son and his family who had a full time residence over there and they have heard nothing yet, its a nerve biting waiting game. they are a family of 4 and how can you put all your personal belonging in one hour in two suitcases, shame on you the MAYOR & TOMS RIVER for doing this to them
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