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Toms River Believes Homeowners Could Appeal Their Flood Designations

The Velocity Zones pose a financial hardship on Toms River residents, officials say

Homeowners should have the right to appeal their flood designations, Toms River officials say.

The Toms River Council is letting residents know it supports Sens. Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez in their efforts to give homeowners the right to appeal their flood designations.

The appeal would involve designations made under the Advisory Base Flood Elevation Maps (ABFE), not the potentially revised maps that could be issued in August.

The council adopted a resolution on Monday Feb. 12 reflecting that stance.

A copy of that resolution can be found here.

"The township firmly believes that property owners should be able to challenge these designations as soon as possible in light of the financial hardship residents are experiencing," Toms River officials said on their website

On February 4, township staff participated in a conference call with FEMA staff and representatives from the Governor’s Office of Disaster Recovery for the purpose of continuing an ongoing dialogue concerning the Advisory Base Flood Elevation Maps, officials said.

The discussion also involved township’s concerns with respect to the ABFE maps.

Following the discussion, Toms River officials say they formally advised FEMA that as a result of the adoption of the ABFE maps by Governor Christie and the state, and as a result of council's discussion during the FEMA Informational Workshop at Toms River East High School, the township "has reassessed our position with respect to requesting further study and analysis by FEMA of the ABFE maps."

FEMA representatives have advised the Township that the ABFE maps are “conservative” and that the current designation in Ortley Beach as shown on the ABFE maps is not likely to change.

For that reason, the township will continue to concentrate on and reaffirm itsrequest to FEMA for the reduction and/or the elimination of the "Velocity Zones on the mainland, ocean and bayfront areas in Toms River, officials said.

"It is our sincere hope that the Velocity Zones, which pose such a financial hardship on the resident of Toms River will be reduced and/or eliminated once the final modeling takes place and that information will be included on the revised maps due out in August of 2013. This request includes the reduction of all velocity zones in the township that are not justified by the current scientific analysis, or the wave-action analysis currently being performed by FEMA as part of the map revisions process," officials said.

Sue February 18, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Every TR taxpayer will feel the impact of FEMA bungling (erroneous maps, "overkill" elevation mandates and exorbitant annual premiums. We in flood zones have had our property devalued dramatically, and the rest of the twp. will have to make up the difference in property taxes year after year. Visit Facebook.com/StopFemaNow
Chief Wahoo February 18, 2013 at 10:50 PM
They may believe. But they sure as heck do not KNOW !!! Just more useless words. Just go to show how worthless the good old boys in TR really are on the great public pyramid. County , state and Feds must all laugh at these clowns.
letsgetreal February 19, 2013 at 02:23 AM
Listen, with all do respect Christie should have never ever made these maps the Law....no other Gov rushed out like ours did and now its done....and Yes...we are all screwed!
Pat S. February 19, 2013 at 02:35 AM
First, they're trying to turn all properties on the barrier island into V zones, and now they're going to request a reduction/elimination of these Velocity Zones for areas including the bay and ocean properties?!? Does anyone on the Council have a clue about what they're doing? It's embarrassing ...
barbara February 21, 2013 at 12:42 PM
the resolution states immediately appeal? wonder how long that will take. Not to mention, I am sure, a lot of red tape. seriously........
Michael Capo February 21, 2013 at 01:46 PM
More double talk from Toms River. First of all Menendez and Lautenberg both voted for the Biggert Waters act which gave us these new high FEMA flood insurance rates. So now TR is trying to say they are heroes because they voted to let taxpayers appeal FEMA maps. They are just deflecting blame away from the fact that they voted to put us in this dire situation. This is also just another example of TR abdicating responsibility. Why dont they appeal on behalf of property owners? Wheres their newly approved disaster coordinator...whats he/she doing for their money. ? Don't let TR make you think they are doing anything for the taxpayer. They are not.
Michael Capo February 21, 2013 at 01:47 PM
Has anyone heard a word from our supposed representative Maria Maruca? What a disgrace.
Michael Capo February 21, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Absolutely right on point chief. TR pols are USELESS.
Michael Capo February 21, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Thank Lautenberg and Menendez for voting in favor of Biggert Waters act that got us to this mess with FEMA, maps and insurance.
Suzanne February 21, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Before Sandy our flood survey said we were 7 ft above the 100 yr flood. The water raised to 1 ft below or floor joists. In my estimation that now makes us 1 ft above. The maps say our new elevation is now 9 ft? We were so fortunate not to have suffered damage. Now we have the choice to raise our house 3 ft to be 1 ft above. To what cost?? If we don't elevate our insurance will go up $ 7,000? Sounds like a scam to me. Where did they come up with these figures? Did they not look around? Not to mention if the people who are ocean front had dunes, this never would have happened on the mainland. Whomever objected to the dunes ruining their view, let them pay. It was their fault, not mine. Build the damn dunes!
foggyworld February 22, 2013 at 10:26 PM
I have that Fema brochure on how to appeal and I'm here to tell you this is scatter shot shooting at it's worst. Every single one of us would have to go through an arduous process and need a lawyer and an engineer to take on Fema about a single house. The Governor made the huge mistake of going along with Fema's obsolete data that will never reflect reality and the Fema appeal process is just one more expensive way to toss the few pennies most people have left into the garbage. Chances of winning are zilch because our Governor supports Fema's policies and history of making more mistakes than almost any other governmental agency. So you are fighting not just Fema but the man we elected to protect the citizens of the State of NJ. It's a kiss off to the middle class who apparently are no longer wanted or required for the western side of Barnegat Bay by the guy who has a summer home on the ocean right across from us that is paid for and maintained by the soon to be tossed out actual taxpayers of NJ. My vote for Christie was the worst one I have ever made.
George Kasimos March 12, 2013 at 02:37 AM
letsgetreal, if you are trying to rebuild your state and FEMA dangles $30 Billion in front of the Governor I don't blame him. Now that he's got the money. Tie it up in court for the next decade or two. www.facebook.com/StopFemaNow "LIKE" us. Lets unite.
George Kasimos March 12, 2013 at 02:41 AM
Pat, Go to www.youtube.com/StopFemaNow see what GeorgeWittman stated. He stated that in all probability many of these homes will be lowered to "A" zones. Council President George Wittman, Councilman Sevestakis and Councilman Hill had their homes affected too. Toms River is one of the few towns that "pro-actively" gave affected homeowners a tax break for a year. I understand your anger, but it should not be directed to our local or state legislators. It should be channelled toward FEMA. www.facebook.com/StopFemaNow
George Kasimos March 12, 2013 at 02:44 AM
It is almost a fact that even FEMA stated their flood maps have errors. We know they are "RIDDLED" with errors. Don't you think their actuary also has signifigant errors too. www.facebook.com/StopFemaNow

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