Judging from the lack of information offered at the meeting on Monday at the Toms River Holiday Inn, we must organize a group to represent us. Individuals get nowhere in situations like this. There is talk about open space plans, "connected" developers, eminent domain, and losing our properties...all very real possibilities if we don't have proper representation.
I was personally on the island on Monday for the Seaside Park "grab your stuff and run" tour. Except for some sand in the streets, and lots of garbage at the curb from interior water damage, it looked like a typical fall day in Seaside Park. I saw plenty of people mulling about and riding bikes...it was obvious that they hadn't come over for the two day "grab your stuff and run" tour. The roads north of Seaside Heights are bad, but we are being told it's far worse than it is. Ariel footage ( http://storms.ngs.noaa.gov/storms/sandy/ ) and Youtube footage are good resources to check individual neighborhoods and individual residences. There are many passable streets where we can navigate and check our properties. Footage on Youtube as recent as November 5th shows people walking and driving around these areas.
Back to the representation...other seaside communities in our country allow residents to return and rebuild...for many of us the shore is a way of life. We need it to reach the governor's ears that we want to rebuild the island, and not lose our homes and communities. We need someone to get this going, with legal advice and counsel backing them...and we need to do it now. We need the truth about what's going on over there. I was there, and saw vast differences from what the media is showing and telling us.
Let us in to retrieve our belongings, secure our homes, and make a plan to rebuild!