Ortley Residents Can Arrive With Contractors in This Week's Access Plan

Toms River township announces plans to allow "ample time" for barrier island residents

A plan that would allow what many Ortley Beach residents have been clamoring for — hours to winterize homes and address issues woth contractors and insurance adjusters — is coming this week.

Toms River Township announced the third phase of access for the Ortley Beach section of the barrier island, starting this Friday.

Phase Three, the final stage, is for all owners to spend "ample time with contractors, insurance adjusters and winterize homes," according to the township.

On the whole, residents are still barred from living in their homes as part of an ongoing mandatory evacaution after Hurricane Sandy.

Toms River officials reffered to Ortley Beach as the hardest hit section of town, with whole buildings shook from their foundations and widespread sinkholes.

 The plans as announced on the township website:

Friday              NOVEMBER 23, 2012- Washington Ave. west to the bay (From Lavallette to Seaside)

Saturday          NOVEMBER 24, 2012- Washington Ave. east to Rt. 35 South

Sunday            NOVEMBER 25, 2012- Rt. 35 South to the Ocean


  • Based on the above locations, residents of Ortley Beach will be provided access to their homes from 08:00 AM to 3:00PM.   Beginning at 2 pm, the roadways are transitioned into construction lanes for heavy equipment transversing the roadways.  
  • Residents are requested to have identification and a proof of ownership for the house they are entering (Driver's license, tax or utility bill.) Police will be doing additional checks at homes.
  • Residents will arrive over the Rt. 37 bridge via their own car and may begin the process of flood remediation and winterization. It is strongly suggested that residents work with their respective homeowners' association to have contractors on site to assist in the winterization process.
  • One car per household (as many people that can fit in one car.) Reminder that there are no facilities or utilities there. Translation- no bathroom, and you will not be able to flush your toilets. You will be able to come and go throughout the day.
  • Insurance adjusters may go over the bridge to see customers. Contractors may meet you over there for the purpose of winterization only.  They are not to solicit jobs. No major construction can take place at this time as the home owners only have one day to re-enter. Have your contractor see the section entitled, "Contractor and Insurance Adjuster Registration For Access to the Barrier Island."
  • Access to communities other than those listed for a particular day will be denied. A controlled re-entry for Phase three will enable all people to get to their homes. Arriving on a day not scheduled will only slow the process.
  • Vehicle size restriction- No large moving vans will be allowed to enter at this time. You may attach a small trailer.
  • The roads are very narrow in many areas.  Residents are urged to comply with these guidelines to ensure all residents future access.  
  • The Route 37 E bridge will not open until 8 am.
    Resident traffic are to stay in the right and center lane. The left lane is for emergency vehicles only.
  • The homes and infrastructure in many areas have been severely damaged. As such, ALL RESIDENTS CHOOSING TO VOLUNTARILY ENTER THEIR HOMES TO INSPECT/REMOVE PERSONAL ITEMS DO SO AT THEIR OWN RISK.
  • Residents are reminded to use caution in and around their homes.
  • Residents will not be permitted to wander to other unsecured areas.
  • Residents should throw out unwanted items at curb side, but on their property so as to not block the streets. You may have your contractor haul your trash for faster removal.
TRWatch November 20, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore finally got what he has always wanted, a borough hall right in his own office building. Do you really think they care about Ortley Beach? http://www.seasideparknj.org/
diane dicomo November 20, 2012 at 02:37 AM
no wonder an entire block removed themselves from toms river and became part of lavallette
Full Time beach November 20, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Can someone please tell me what councilman was cracking jokes enroute to Orley beach? Please with all the misery my family has gome thru, I would like to find out which one it was.
Hurricane Sandy November 20, 2012 at 04:47 AM
I would love to know where the ORTLEY BEACH ASSOCIATION is right now!!!! Why haven't they spoken up for us and used some of that money we have in escrow for an attorney?
Chuck Lada November 20, 2012 at 01:01 PM
By all accounts George is sucking on that FEMA teet pretty hard. He is dispicable person for profiting off of this tradgedy. He come from Rahm Emmanuel school of politics. "Never let a crisis go to waste"
ortley15 November 20, 2012 at 04:30 PM
off subject a bit. i am in ortley also. i cancelled cable, do we need to cancel electric and water?
Cynthia E Miller November 20, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Thank you Bill Cooper. At least someone out there is leading me in some direction and yes we went on the 18th. But yesterday, our insurance adjuster wanted to meet us at the house but the cops gave such a hard time because we didn't know we weren't allowed on that particular day and when we asked, his reply was check the computer. needless to say i wasn't there my dad was who is 82 and doesn't use a computer and not to mention this was the only time the insurance adjuster could meet my dad. these insurance adjusters some are not going to be able to make it on the days they are going to allow us in our town which have no idea when that is.
molly November 20, 2012 at 09:24 PM
I just got a letter from water company that account is now on hold till service restored; I called and they said no bills will be coming until water is back on at a later date. Also web Ortley site just posted updated re entry schedule for visits thru 12/7/12.
Karen Paul November 20, 2012 at 09:31 PM
@ortley15 - you do need to contact electric & water to cancel. I have received my "final" water bill the other day, I contacted them the first week.
Dorothea Zambrano November 20, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Thanks for the info. I just got 2 bills from water co and have to call to cancel. Keep the info coming. I get more info here than when I call the companies.
Donna Greco November 20, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Not rebuilding Ortley Beach. The represenatives on the bus tour can be heard talking at the end of the video when they are going over the bridge you can hear a lady saying to another lady. (so we are not rebuilding we will summit ------ to you and have FUN) the other lady says (it is time for a colorful change) Also they say earlier in the video that it looks like the most damage on the bay side was caused by the storm drains. If you copy the audio to sound clound.com you can get rid of the back round noise and hear it more clearly. They jokes about half price houses, no more take out from Mia's and 8th ave now being 4 and half left alot to be desired.
molly November 21, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Donna greco;excellent; we should find out who was on the bus as it was an "official tour"; may be of value with any litigation. Thanks for the info !
Donna Greco November 21, 2012 at 01:26 AM
I would love to know who was on that bus. There is one man who was trying to do the right thing and the others on the bus told him he had to much of a heart. I have a copy of the audio without the back round noise you can hear almost all of the conversations.I was stunned that this was on tape. Everyone in Ortley needs to have at least one person in every house register to vote in Toms River so we have a say.
Mark November 21, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Why can't Toms River Township provide port-a-potties in all 3 re-entry zones. Seems like having taxpayers go over the bridge to use restrooms is a waste of time and needlessly contributes to the traffic! They should also be providing a mobile water truck or trucks! Why do I have to suggest these obvious things to our elected officials?
Hurting in Ortley November 21, 2012 at 02:11 AM
If the people on that bus who made such disrespectful remarks can be identified they should either resign their positions or be forced out of whatever position they hold. What jokes some of our supposed representitives are. No wonder why I heard Ortley Beach was known as Toms Rivers cash cow.
Hurting in Ortley November 21, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Lets show these idiots that were on that bus that we have more will and determination in our little pinkeys then they have in their wholes bodies. And I can't wait to order my first pizza from Mia's and have it delivered to the 8th. ave. beach.
Hurting in Ortley November 21, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Mark I don't think Toms River Township cares about Ortley or any of the other towns on the barrier island until it comes to collecting the taxes we all pay.
Mark November 21, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Everyone should take a look at how the borough of Mantoloking is handling things. Take a look at November 20,2012 update.......click the bottom of that section labeled: "Click here to view the slides from last night’s presentation" it will take you to a power point presentation. http://www.mantoloking.org/
John November 21, 2012 at 02:47 AM
If you go to any place that serves food and has a sit down table they have to supply a restroom by code. Toms River is letting 100s of people over the bridge for 7/8 hours a day. They even make a point of it on its website saying that there is "NO RUNNING WATER or FLUSHING OF WATER!!!!!! HEY GENIUSES.......... HELLO....... Port a Potties. If there are any politicians in Toms River with a half of brain, you should resign. Because with your 1/2 of brain you should have been able to figure that one out. The other 1/2 are TOTALLY INCOMPETENT. And the water trucks sounded like a good idea too. Thank you. And by the way, where are all those workers going to the bathroom?????
chris Christie November 21, 2012 at 04:04 AM
My suggestion about going to the bathroom is wear depends or simply just go, with all of the other pollution, I don't think a little pee is going to make any difference.
ortley15 November 21, 2012 at 03:56 PM
thanks so much for the info. i am glad we get to go back a few more times.
Mark November 21, 2012 at 06:30 PM
According to the Governors Office the barrier island is still classified as a mandatory evacuation. In addition temporary access is determined by local officials! Toms River elected officials and the Police Chief are being less than truthful in blaming limited access on the State. The Governors Office will consider sending a representative to Tuesday's Township Council meeting to be held at 6PM on 11/27/12 at 33 Washington St. Please spread the word......Every barrier island homeowner should attend this critical meeting and voice our concerns!
Hurting in Ortley November 21, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Since Gov. Christie seems so concerned about the Jersey shore we should all e-mail his office and let him know what exactly Toms River is doing to the Ortley home owners. The mandatory evacuation should be looked at and evaluated on a wekly basis. I have friends in Bayhead and their construction is almost complete. We need to get to work on our own homes as soon as possible. Open up the damn bridge.
Mark November 21, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Hurting, I agree. We should flood his office with phone calls ((609) 292-6000. In addition everyone should spread the word about Tuesday night's meeting.
Hurting in Ortley November 22, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Thanks for the tel. # Mark. I just called and left a message that hopefully gets thru to Gov. Christie. I would love to attend the meeting but it would seem to be out of the question at this time as I'm am working nights this month, but if you know when the meeting in Dec. is I would attend. Hope you and all those effected by this damn Sandy have a Happy Thanksgiving.
Hurting in Ortley November 22, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Diane, we in Ortley should start a pettition to remove ourselves from Toms River Township, maybe this would get their attention. I know it's wishful thinking but if we could get enough signatures and they thought about the tax base of Ortley, maybe things would move along a little more.
Hurricane Sandy November 22, 2012 at 12:08 PM
@ Hurting in Ortley When you head down to your property for visitation day. Walk around with a petition for all the people to sign. Also find a friend in the other section to do it in their area.
Marsha November 22, 2012 at 07:15 PM
I have a few questions for Toms River Town Officials. 1. Beyond the dates posted on your site for Phase III will I be allowed to re-enter after the December 6th date, or is the Island being "closed down." Residents do not have ample time to either address the devestation of our homes or make some type of intelligent decision on how to handle the damage if the island will be shut for resident access after the 6th. 2. On the issue of property taxes: has legislation been enacted to allow the Tax Assessor to re-assess resident properties, as the assessed value is no longer there. Will there be a moratorium placed on property taxes? On another note, it is has been brought to my attention be a recent newspaper article that the barrier island has been paying 33% of the total taxes for the Township. How is this fair? Most of the homes on the barrier island are inhabited only 10 weeks/year.with no services from Sept-May. I have read numerous blogs about disgruntled mainland residents. Tthey are up in arms that their taxes will most likely increase. The last reassessment increased the property taxes of barrier island residents in excess of 100%, while REDUCING property taxes for is those living on the mainland. The mainland residents should realize that if the barrier island is nothing but a "barrier island", or a "sand dune" as it has been referenced, those mainland folks will be fronting 100% of the Township budget. They should be careful what they wish for.
Mark November 22, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Marsha, Don't expect too many answers from our elected officials in Toms River Township. They and the political hacks that were appointed as Dept heads are in crises control and hide mode. Notice that all the other barrier island communities have had meetings to specifically address the storm issues our have not! That's why we all must go to the next scheduled township meeting at 6 PM on Tuesday 11/27/12 at Town Hall 33 Washington St.
Bill Cooper November 22, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Marsha, as Mark posted earlier, we have to call gov. Christie and let him know he has to lift the mandatory evacuation. If not Toms River will continue to make whatever rules they believe are best. (Not in our best interest). We must also make call to the tax accessor and maybe when they have do do thousands of reaccessments and see their tax base eroding then maybe something will get done. As for the Dec. 6th access date, that seems to be the last visit to the barrier islands for now. :-(


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