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UPDATE: Seaside, Lavallette, Ortley Residents Will Soon Re-enter In "Phases"

State officials approve re-entry plan that could allow Lavallette residents back this week; other barrier island residents may have to wait

The state has approved a plan to allow residents access to barrier island communities - including Seaside Heights, Lavallette and Ortley Beach - in phases, officials said Tuesday.

The State Police has approved a plan that would allow residents phased-in access to Lavallette beginning this week, officials said during Tuesday's Toms River Council meeting.

Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy suggested that the township will get people to see their properties as soon as possible and mentioned a five-to-six day timeframe. Some Ortley Beach residents who attended the meeting were upset that Lavallette residents could have easier access to their homes than they will.

"There are still areas of Ortley Beach that are unstable," Mastronardy told residents at the council meeting, noting that sinkholes and debris pose some risks. "We understand that you are victims."

Residents will be allowed to enter Ortley Beach and other barrier communities beginning on Wednesday, but only for short periods of time. They'll be allowed to pick up essential items. Phase I is a controlled entry and exit of residents whose primary homes are there year round, while phase II is to extend that to people with second homes, Mastronardy said.  Phase III will be when residents can take their own vehicles to the area.  Please click map.

Residents are required to register at the Disaster Recovery Center at Bellcrest Plaza at 935 Fischer Boulevard to enter the 12 buses heading to barrier communities tomorrow. The residents can start registration at 8 a.m., but they must start boarding the bus to return by 2 p.m., Mastronardy said.  Only emergency crews will be permitted between Lavallette and Seaside Park after 3 p.m., he said.   

At the meeting, council members, police and public works and construction officials confronted a packed crowd of angry residents who were largely frustrated that they're unable to gain access to their homes.  Residents also criticized township officials about poor communication and the inability to learn about whether their homes were still standing, much less understanding the extent of the damage.

A map of Ortley Beach that the township had on display showed that most of that section of the township had some form of water damage, while other sections marked in pink revealed missing structures.

Barbara Erb of Ortley Beach criticized Township Council members for not having one meeting for Ortley Beach residents and waiting until two weeks for a public meeting to address the issue.  "You say it's up on Websites, but it doesn't matter," Erb said, noting that many people didn't have power for more than a week.

Ken Langdon, also of Ortley Beach, told Township officials that the two-feet of water in his house during the storm has made things worse.

"The more remediation is delayed, the more damage will be done. It's time you start getting us back so we can work on our homes," he said.

taxed-out-the-wazoo November 15, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Chuck - there are FEMA and other Fed funds involved...they care. They do. I have friends there.
Jackie T. Craig November 15, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Isn't that the truth and it is happening everywhere in every aspect of life.
Murphy's Law November 15, 2012 at 03:51 AM
if you need food or clothing.... go to wishuponahero.com we have tons of things to donate!
Jeff November 15, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Forget the box cutter you want get much done get one of these ( http://www.ryobitools.com/catalog/power_tools/cordless/P340 ) all the big names make them. Just buy one you can barrow extra batteries from friends for the day. Run it half way through and rip away. With the right blade you will be done pretty quickly. Good luck and God Bless
Jeff November 15, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Oh . . . . do bring the box cutter no project should be without one. Good luck to all of you. the Jersey shore recovered from the storms of 1944 and 1962. If you all can keep the politicians and the vulture land developers at bay you will recover from this one also. Stay strong
VS November 15, 2012 at 06:12 AM
I agree that everyone should have access to their homes as soon as possible and I understand the anger and frustration. But my parents are in their 80's, this is their full time residence, they left their home with nothing but a change of clothes and lost every memory and memento that was dear to them. The least you could do is to have a separate line for full time residents so they can process faster and spend more time trying to salvage something.
John November 15, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Well, I took the TR bus ride over to the Island yesterday to visit my property, TOTALED. And thats ok. I lived at the shore and hurricanes happen. Though very sad to look around at the devastation, it has many memories to compensate for my loss. The Island on the beach block must have looked like 'HELLS HOLE", But that happens during major storms. It happens all over the world everyday, just not to OB, WRONG, it dose. It was amazing seeing it OVER 2 WEEKS after it hit, MUCH TO LONG I still feel for us to have gotten in. THEY are doing an amazing job cleaning up and busting there asses. Thank you to ALL the workers from near and far. I've walked thru hurricane hit areas before, the day after. BUT this was VERY SURREAL, with it being my home. PEOPLE of the faint of heart, be ready. Good luck to all. And if your reading this were the lucky ones who made it to live another day.
Walter Cunningham November 15, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Tina, you should file a police report so you have it on record that your car was stolen. It is no different then someone walking into your house and stealing your TV.
Mattie November 15, 2012 at 02:25 PM
So John... all your complaining, all your paranoia, all your trying to rile up the other Ortley Beach residents and bad mouthing the officials -- proved to do WHAT? Not a damn thing. Because bottom line? You were wrong. Please learn from this experience. Learn to be kind; learn to be patient. If you can't be kind or patient, at least Learn to be REASONABLE and keep your negativity to yourself. No one needed to hear stuff like that it in times like these... And honestly, I'm sorry about your home. I'm sorry for everyone suffering in this catastrophe.
Walter Cunningham November 15, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Contrary to popular belief FEMA won't be out there cutiing giant checks to rebuild your home. My nephew got 5 feet of water and FEMA gave him 8 feet of sheetrock for the bottom floor and a check for $2600 (for lodging). He was lucky enough to have flood insurance but if your insurance does not cover any losses FEMA will give you a low interest LOAN.
Christina November 15, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Back and forth, back ans forth - can all you people please have respect for other people. If u r going to argue on a point to somewhere else and do it. There are people looking for information here and all these unnecessary nasty comments back and forth are not helping. Please keep negativity out of here and try and help someone foe gods sake!!!!
Tina November 15, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Tina November 15, 2012 at 03:48 PM
I have talked to the SSH police several times and they keep telling us they are working on it, the last my husband spoke to them which was yesterday afternoon, now they are saying to email the Ocean County Prosecuters office. WTH. They may not care about everyone's cars but its building $$ signs for these jerks! Meanwhile, I have contacted the BBB, 101.5, Associated Press Reporter, Fox 5 Arnold Diaz Shame Shame Shame (which I have already done an interview with), and an online article as well. My car was essentially stolen, and all this guy can say is "I don't know what anyone is confused about their cars are here?" WTH is that supposed to mean? They charged Ocean County OEM, said that to me himself, so why charge the ppl from the island as well!?
John November 15, 2012 at 08:54 PM
@ Christina, Sorry, just by pass this last one. :-) @MATTIE I posted an experience I had and have you come back with your condescending, self centered bull. It seems that you feel someone made you judge and jury on peoples opinions to speak. If you don't like what someone says, you personal attack them. The last thing I need to do is take advise and to learn from someone like you. I don't need you telling me or anyone else what and when we can say something. As for kind and patient, YOU KNOW ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT ME. But to let you know a little. Yesterday I packed my 2 suitcases at 10am than went a round helping neighbors until 230pm. Eight days without power and did same thing. And no, it's not for a pat on the back. It's to enlighten you that YOU don't have a clue. Enjoy you thumb.
Tina November 15, 2012 at 09:24 PM
John, u have to ignore her. most of us do. click on the flag button. :)
barbara November 16, 2012 at 12:57 AM
thanks, but so tired of this bullshit and so much to do, no answers.......stinks. unbelievable.......
barbara November 16, 2012 at 01:01 AM
thanks fran, did that 2 weeks ago. they said being my in laws parked it at a&p in ortley they were not allowed to go there......said possibly nat'l guard towed it. called every official i could think of no ones knows, unbelievable. i am ready to crack. not only about the car, their house is a mess, our toms river house which we rent to my son is demolished, had 3 families living here with me, 2 from ss hts and my son. luckily my neighbor a snow bird and she rented mom and pop their house till may, june. other 2 families still here. this is horrible. now gotta worry about their car, who took it wher is it? no one knows.........mentally can't make any more calls this week, had to go back to work. but will get to the bottom of it.
Mr. ? November 16, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Hey Tina, you looked good on Fox 5 Shame on you tonight with Arnold Diaz. Hope all of you saw it tonight!
dainty November 16, 2012 at 04:26 AM
taxed-out-the-wazoo November 16, 2012 at 05:41 AM
Mattie - hate to break it to you...but there are SEVERAL people who leave comments named "JOHN". So, your anger may be misplaced. And, some of the comments...actually many of them...justified. The stories that will come out later will be shocking for sure.
Chief Wahoo November 16, 2012 at 06:32 AM
if you watch the video , Boyds words sound like someone who has knowledge of what happened.....notice he is playing the shell game talking prices, but not talking about STEALING off peoples property..........IMHO ARE WE AWAKE YET PEOPLE ???????
Project Bluebeam November 16, 2012 at 11:29 AM
She's just being a good little Marxist and toeing the party line. Just remember, the government is here to "help".
1stcav November 16, 2012 at 12:07 PM
APK owner & employee's now have targets on there back, and rightfully so , this IS outrageous to treat people like this ! Karma IS a bitch .....!
Mattie November 16, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Taxed: I see you're another Patch genius... (and sock puppet, no doubt). If you click on "John's" name, (or anyone's name here) you'll be magically transported to their profile, where you can further click and find *ALL* their comments to every story they've ever made. WOW! Imagine that. Good way to check who's who if there's any doubt about similar names, huh? Go read John's comments throughout this storm recovery on nearly every story- maybe you'll get an idea of just who is being rude and unnecessarily inflammatory. (Hint; It's not me)
John November 16, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Hey TAXED, Hope all is well. Mattie is correctly attacking the right John. The John that doesn't sit back and listen to his/hers Bullshit. So now she insults you with name calling too. @MATTIE, like I said before go enjoy your thumb.
Tina November 16, 2012 at 02:08 PM
thanks :) I didn't just do this for myself. i did it for everyone that this company has done this too.
Tina November 16, 2012 at 02:09 PM
he has knowledge because EVERYONE is calling and complaining. and if the officials in town knew about this before hand, well shame on them too. i have already filed.
Joseph Maniscalco November 22, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Were cars removed from Ocean Terrace between 3rd & 4th Street in Normandy Beach?
barbara November 22, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Still, still trying to find out who moved cars from a&p lot and where are they? no answers, many phone calls. ugh.
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