Did Toms River Township Officials Fail To Protect Barrier Island Homeowners?

Did Toms River Township elected officials & the Director of Public Works Dept fail to properly prepare and safeguard homeowners prior to the storm?Toms River

The picture was taken the day before the storn. It's apparent that Toms River Public Works workes did not adequetly re-enforce the dunes. Could the damange and destruction have been minimized if the dunes were properly built up before the storm? Look at the cottages in South Seaside Park. Those homes virtually sit on the ground and none (even the ocean from homes) had any damage!


I think the Toms River Mayor, Councilwoman for Ward 1 ( Barrier Island), the entire Council & the Public Works Director MUST answer the  folloing questions:


The date & time dune re-enforcement work start?

The date & time dune re-enforcement ended?

How many workers were involved in the dune work each day?

How many & types of heavy equiptment that was utilized each day?

How high & wide were the dunes re-enforced?

Were there areas not reenforced? ( Harding? Fielder?)

Was any work done on Saturday & Sunday 10/27 & 10/28

Are there official records and pictures documenting the extent of the dune re-enforcement?

Everyone should be asking our elected officials and Mr Ameruso these questions at the scheduled Township Council meeting on Tuesday 11/27/12 6:00 PM at 33 Washington St ( 2nd Fl)


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Ryan November 30, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Smith E- why is it then that towns with reinforced dunes made out much better (SSP)?
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Mari December 01, 2012 at 03:42 PM
That PATCH has some nerve even asking that question!
tuna stick December 01, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Mari, the Patch wasn't asking this question. This is an opinion from a reader of the Patch, and posted in the "local voices". As anyone can do.
John Pepe December 02, 2012 at 11:52 AM
I am a civil engineer living in Ortley Beach for 26 years. Ortley Beach was a mud hole before the storm and a huge mud hole after the storm. The entire infrastructure, beach,dunes,storm sewers,roads and streets have been neglected. We had no beach and dunes, it flowed with the ebb and tides. Our taxes are twice as high as Lavallette. Why? This needs to be investigated at a very high level. Our community will never be the same. John
charlotte December 03, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Perhaps in this case - when the billions in tax dollars paid by the citizens is used to provide those same citizens with services AND provide dune building/ reinforcement. Dunes with sand and vegetation build and provide protection. The people in charge of that budget dropped the ball - failed project - was that a budget item? Any analysis of how much money paid by the Toms River citizens on the barrier island has been returned in services over the past 10-25 years? We don't need your nanny state foolishness - just succession from big brother Toms River.
charlotte December 03, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Has a "nerve" asking the question? Why? Are opinions and debate also to be subjugated under our current martial law situation?
charlotte December 03, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Perhaps some (most) of the sink holes are the collapsed septic systems - some people didn't know they had???
charlotte December 03, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Great comments gentlemen - leaders in your community.
charlotte December 03, 2012 at 01:24 AM
So the usefulness of the beach is more important than the protection and safety of the community? Just so the mainlanders don't feel left out - it was the ocean breaches that caused the record flooding later that night in the back bays.
BN December 03, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Quit whining! You can have a dune after I get a moat.
BN December 03, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Ortley Beach used to be Cranberry Inlet. No use building dunes. If Mother Nature wants it back, she'll take it.
Hurricane Sandy December 03, 2012 at 11:04 AM
Pepe. Isn't that great. Our taxes are almost twice as high. And our homes are less expensive.
BN December 03, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Your LAND is more expensive. Our HOMES are more expensive. See how it works?
Jess December 04, 2012 at 01:50 AM
I absolutely agree that TR did not adequately maintain the beach or dunes. I think you people are extremely ignorant if you think that bigger dunes and beach replenishment would not have have lessened the extensive damage Ortley suffered. It is a fact. There still would have been damages, but why do you think Ortley got hit the hardest???? I lived there for 7 years a block from the beach and every year the beach got smaller and smaller and the dunes were never replenished, I do believe there is some negligence on the part of TR. All they care about is their tax money from us, but don't do anything else for the community. We are the last ones to get plowed when it snows....etc.
Joan B December 05, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Does Ortley have bulkheads up there? Even though I live in Lavallette, I don't know if you had them. I also don't know if the jetty's had any effect. I suspect bulkheads are better than dunes....don't cremate me for my questions!
John December 06, 2012 at 01:35 AM
My home/property in Ortley was valued at $450,000 with taxes of $9200. A home/property in Lavallette with the same value taxes are $4700. Welcome to lets screw Toms River barrier island residence. They don't have enough full time registered voters over there, to do anything to us blood sucking incompetent politicians.
wookfish December 06, 2012 at 01:45 PM
John,maybe you should have looked at the tax rates before you bought there..noones fault but your own
John December 06, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Hey fish, Get a life. Owned for over 40 years. Taxes went from $4200 to $11,000 in one year, four years ago along with all the other TR barrier island residents that got screws. Appealed and they blessed me with $9200. What was the name of that arena in TR that is now called Poland Spring? Oh yea, Ritacco Center. Hopefully a few more of his friends from town will be joining him. And let me guess, you live on the mainland in TR?
wookfish December 06, 2012 at 04:54 PM
John i've got a great life thank-you..had a house in Silverton on the water..saw the writing on the wall and bailed in 2005 BEFORE i got the TR tax enema, i made a choice.. you could have too
spot December 07, 2012 at 05:10 PM
when your taxes on a property were $4200, i ask, what was the market value of your property 4 yrs ago? non barrier island residents whose properties were valued quite below the barrier islands had taxes of $6400. the town finally had the nerve to equally proportion the taxes based upon market value. ex. home in silverton on the bay, assessed at 200K for yrs, w taxes of $4200, yet market value was $800K+. home assessed at 400K for yrs- non water front, taxes of $6400m, yet market value was $380K. see the error the town FINALLY CORRECTED? you cant have low taxes and reap the rewards of inflated market value while non barrier island residends dont. if you were a full time resident, you would know this to be true. if you don't like what is going on, no one forced you to purchase property here and not make it your full time residence.
wookfish December 07, 2012 at 08:13 PM
i understand that spot, that's why i bailed..and got 799,000 $ for my house..BEFORE what i knew would happen with the taxes...again I CHOSE to sell and take the money and run, not bitch because they raised my taxes
Rod tozour December 09, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Guess what? Growing up in ortley since 1949 we used to have 30' +- sand dunes to protect the homes. Been through many hurricanes here and hatteras island as a coastie. If we had sand dunes and no boardwalk and ocean road like we did years ago, ortley would have made out better. A lot of close friends lost their homes and dunes would have made it safer. Now the question is, will the new FEMA regs make it so the locals will not be able to afford to live on the beach? after all, ortley is the cash cow for toms rover. Did you also know that the homeless residents are still required to pay their full taxes right now.. Really sad but I will pray that they will be able to return to the beach that we all love. J
careless fills December 09, 2012 at 05:38 PM
my understanding is that mr. ritacco lived in seaside heights on 11th st
Mark December 09, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Actually my understanding is that the Cranberry Inlet used to be by what is now the northern part of Seaside Hts.
Mark December 09, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Does anyone have any pictures of the Ortley Beach ocean front area prior to the Ocean Terrace roadway ? Were there homes on what became Ocean Terrace? If so were the homes seized under eminent domain? There are some rumors going around that Ocean Terrace will not be rebuilt and the new dues will extent onto what was Ocean Terrace. This has to obviously be a federal ( Army Corps of Engineers) project since I have ZERO confidence in our local government!
Rod tozour December 10, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Careless fills. The crook ritacco lived on 11th ave in seaside park.
Rod tozour December 10, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Mark, I have pictures of ortley with sand dunes. There were small houses on the beach to the left of the surf club of which a unique gentleman mike howes built and owned. he also built the golden gull which made it through the super storm. There were dead end roads and just one street light on fort ave. you can ask locals like Bucky and Harry, paddle foot, Phil or cliff, Roy or bill who both lost there house. Rod
Mark December 12, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Rod, I would really love to see those pictures. Is there anyway you could post them on this blog or possibly e-mailing me copies? i would really appreciate it. Thanks
charlotte December 12, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Build it. If you can keep the Ocean from breaching the dunes - you would not have had the catastrophic flooding in the back bays.


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