UPDATE: Some - Not All - Ortley Residents Can Re-enter, Beginning Wednesday

Calls complaining about access creating additional problems, officials say

UPDATE: Phase 1 and 2 of the re-entry plan does not apply to everyone in Ortley Beach. Please refer to the attached photograph to see where it applies. The geography of Ortley Beach changes daily, Toms River officials say. The state Department of Transportation and Toms River officials say they're working feverishly to improve the roads in Ortley Beach.

The Toms River Police Department has a plan to enable residents of the Ortley Beach section to re-enter the area, beginning Wednesday.

Residents will have what officials are saying is a "reasonable" amount of time to grab essential personal items.

Phase one will enable residents to retrieve personal items, officials say. Phase two will account for winterization and flood remediation.

The schedule includes:

  • Registration will take place from 8 to 8:45 a.m. at the Bellcrest Plaza, 935 Fischer Blvd, Toms River.
  • At 8:45 a.m., buses leave for Ortley Beach.
  • The buses will make continual loops between the affected area and the registration site.
  • The buses will run between 8:45 a.m. and 3 o.m.  All residents are to leave the barrier islands by 3 p.m.
  • To register, the resident will provide a photo ID, which will be surrendered and stored onsite with the registration form. They will then be given a carbon copy of their registration form (which becomes their ticket to board the bus) and a pass to wear while in the affected area.
  • Upon return to the mainland the resident, wills urrender the pass and their photo ID will be returned to them.
  • Each bus will have an officer accompanying it to the affected area.
  • Entry to the affected area will be restricted to residents only. Two people per residence and proper identification (driver’s license, tax or utility bill) is required.
  • A perimeter will be established and manned by police officers around the area in which residents will arrive.
  • Residents will be transported to Ortley Beach from theBellcrest Plaza (935 Fischer Blvd) Toms River via a Toms River Regional school bus.

Residents of some portions of the barrier island communities have already gained access to their homes.

Calls demanding access -- borne of overwhelming anger and frustration -- were creating additional problems, Toms River officials said on the township's website.

In a post titled, "Not everyone can be first -- Town Hall and Police inundated with callers," officials urged residents to stop the barrage.

In the Ortley Beach section, Police Chief Michael Mastronardy will let residents know what streets will be allowed in first, and this information will be posted on the township website at www.TomsRiverTownship.com.  People can also sign up for the reverse 911 system, as well, to be notified.

Colleen Fraser November 14, 2012 at 01:03 AM
You're fortunate you were allowed in. Ocean Beach III (owners, not permanent residents) are still waiting to get in! We would love to have that hour. No residents had 6 hours. Ocean Beach I and II haven't been in either.
NP November 14, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Thus us not extraordinary times. It's incompetence . We need Mayor Bloomburg here. The world is laughing at us. Let the people back to their homes . When government thinks they can do it better than people, we are no longer a democracy .
Michael reina November 14, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Why is everyone worried and maken big deal about getting stuff out to curb.....when i met with fema insp all of the houses u see with a green sticker in just about all ortley including mine are for demolition and we have no say.....and alot of the hones are savable......so you wanna knock my home down you can take all the stuff in it also......i will take my cloths and what little is left anf let them knock themselves out....NOTHEN WILL GET DONE UNTIL YOU GET THE "ORTLEY MAN MARCH " GOING.....WALK THE BRIDGE , GET THE CLASS ACTION GOING !!!! come on people nothen gets done till your on shame shame shame.......lol
Chief Wahoo November 14, 2012 at 02:16 AM
well past time for the island becomes its own township !!!!!....too bad it takes a disaster for most people to wake up to this
Chief Wahoo November 14, 2012 at 02:18 AM
We are NOT a democracy......we are a Republic
Hate Incompetence November 14, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Lavallette residents, property owners and business owners will all be allowed in tomorrow, Thursday and Friday IN THEIR OWN VEHICLES!!! So no more CRAP about DOT restrictions or roads not being safe, when they'll be using the SAME road the rest of us would have used, if Toms River overlords had half a brain amongst them.
John November 14, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Hey isn't toms river north of ortley......they must being using hover cars or something.
John November 14, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Lavallette I meant......lucky them they are not part of toms river
Maryellen November 14, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Soooooo sick of Toms River! All Lavallette residents can go in their OWN cars for unrestricted amounts of time. This is ridiculous!!!!! see if toms river ever gets another tax dollar from me!!!!!!!!!
John November 14, 2012 at 03:16 AM
letsgetreal, MAJOR LOSER!!!!!!! One, like you said, until recently. Two, I'm a full timer and I feel my neighbor is 5 months and weekends and pays his $18K taxes a year. (even if he paid $5K) He has just as much right as me to be there. Even is 1 month a year. Three, Its not the beginning, its 2 weeks later. And as far as looting. ID check, genius!! Four, FACT IS BASED ON what TR officials report to him. The foolish little child is you. So now you can go back to your taxpayer collecting job and write some more child and foolish nonsense, of what no one even cares what you have to say. LOSER
John November 14, 2012 at 03:25 AM
John November 14, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Hey Hate; Thats because the Lavallete Mayor was on 101.5 this morning. He said his town was ready to turn the power on and JCPL was waiting for the word. The Mayor said the DOT was holding him up because they still were working on a sinkhole or two. He said thats no reason to shut a whole town down. I like that Mayor. :-)
Halpha2 November 14, 2012 at 03:34 AM
I can't wait until Thursdays comments when you all realize why things were done this way. Complaints about frozen pipes and mold should be the least of your worries. The suitcase rule is due to the fact that that's about all that is salvageable in most homes in ortley. God bless.
barbara November 14, 2012 at 03:40 AM
cant get any answers. my in laws parked their car at a&p lot where is it? who has it? any info would be appreciated. pd does not know, mayor does not know. please, any info. heard a rumor that guards towed the cars parked there, but where
mike November 14, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Im a full time resident as most of you are. I was there 3 times. once in my boat after the storm, (can't do that anymore) another time on the bus to go to my business, and again on the bus to go to my house. (2 different areas). I agree with some of the angry comments in these post, but not all of them. It is frustrating I agree. Especially when a certain (SH) police chief is making comments and assumptions about the bridge being compromised, and people not being able to get back to their homes for 6 to 8 months. He has no business making these statements. Its comments like his that no one needs to hear 3 or 4 days after the storm. . (My point is this; The bridge is repaired already/ and were getting back to our homes) Do police work chief......NOT PR Work. Let the DOT decide when its safe. I think they know a little more than all of us about this right now. I do know this.......because I've seen it with my own eyes. Police, local and out of state, construction personnel, Linemen from all over the country, and many more types of first responders are all over that island, Helping every one of us. Locally, I have to say...Every TR cop I've dealt with either at the school bus location, on the buses, at check points all over town....has been a gentleman, very helpful, and patient with everybody. Now.... go help somebody out that needs a hand! It might change the way you feel about things right now. As bad as it is for you, somebody else has it worse.
letsgetreal November 14, 2012 at 10:15 AM
Keep whining John...I'm certainly not collecting a taxpayer job salary. I am a home owner who lost all on the bayside and makes me sick to see you whine about YOUR SECOND HOME Wahhh Wahhh...when so many lost everything...including those who are FULL time residents on the beach. Yea and I am sure you have been volunteering your time during those two weeks to to help out those who don't have SECOND HOMES! We all pay taxes JOHN...just because you pay more does not give you any leg up on those that don't. Stop bitchin and try becoming part of the solution and if you have the time try helping out for those in need....then again that might be below you since your a HIGH tax payer!
letsgetreal November 14, 2012 at 10:18 AM
Mike finally someone on here made a COMMON sense statement. Well said...a lot have lost but the State and local officials (I assume) are trying to make it safe for all from what I had seen and Up until I saw the devastation for the first time I could not have imagined how bad it was.
Michelle Blamble November 14, 2012 at 05:38 PM
The only thing that has kept me calm these last two weeks is that I knew access to the island was severely restricted. That gave me hope that at least there would be no looting. So now they are letting contractors, etc on, how are they securing the houses they won't let us empty of valuables?
Michelle Blamble November 14, 2012 at 05:42 PM
The state & local government are making things worse!
mike November 14, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Let me ask you this Michelle. Who should be doing their job? The Boy Scouts? Their the first people we call when we need help. Their all doing their jobs. This problem is not just in our neighborhoods. It's statewide and all over NY, and it's not going away soon. If you think it's the mayors fault, next time you vote you'll have your chance to vote for the other guy. Have you even been over there yet? Sounds like you haven't to me. It's frustrating for sure. Take 2 steps back....and we will all be able to take a giant step forward.
VoiceofReason November 14, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Well said Mike!
mike November 14, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Michele, there are cops on every corner over there. I don't think the looting is as bad as m
mike November 14, 2012 at 06:01 PM
.........Everyone thought.
John November 15, 2012 at 03:23 AM
@Letsgetreal... Like I said MAJOR LOSSER First, Very sorry about the loss of your home, and mean it. But still stand by my comment above. Just because someone doesn't agree with you or you don't like what they're saying you go off on your high horse. YOU KNOW ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT ME. But I'll enlighten you a little. 1st, I do have 2 homes. And today I found out my that my fulltime home at the shore is totaled. And its no big deal to me. I'm still stand. I have lots of memories of that place. I'll either rebuild or sell. Don't know yet. And my 2nd house, yes I do have one. Is a rental that is rented out. And that's where I stayed for 10 days without power with a kind friend you rents it. And yes THANK YOU, for 10 day I was off of work and driving around, handing out water, ice and cooking food for neighbor on the block. We were also going into stores that were open, buy food and giving it out to those who need. Since most didn't have heat, we were inviting them over to my place that my buddy rents from me because there is a gas heater that we hooked up that heated the house. So I guess you were wrong on that assumption. Also, you need to reread before you make comments. I never said that I pay more taxes. I said that my neighbor pays 18K for 5 months and weekends. And even if he paid 5K he had as much right to be there as does a full timer. So now, you can stop your whining and your Wahhh Wahhhing and letsgetreal. Good luck with your home and hope all works out for you.
John November 15, 2012 at 12:21 PM
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.
grace November 15, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Lavallette did not receive as much damage as ortley i know its hard people but they are working as fast as they can and i believe doing a good job...talk about a bad job look at staten island etc... everyone who grew up here and lives here had damage and loss..its so sad i am trying to be positive but that too is hard certain times of the day...when i start to remember how much that area has meant to me my family friends etc
Dorothy Zahran November 15, 2012 at 08:26 PM
I was in Ortley on Wednesday and I thought that the plan was well thought out and executed. The police, from many different states, on the buses, in Ortley, and at the registration site were great! Very caring and helpful. They did everything to make sure that we were safe, and helped many of us get into our places when the doors or the locks were unyielding. They carried luggage and offered water and hand sanitizers to a weary busload at the end of the day. The Red cross volunteers were also cheerful and tried to help out where they could. My first floor was flooded but I still have four walls, a roof, and a good second floor, so with a little sweat and TLC I expect we will eventually be okay. I would like to thank the OEM for returning my phone calls and patiently answering all my questions. I think they have done a super job. Kudos to all involved!
D CLARKE November 16, 2012 at 06:49 AM
Michael, if you or others have still have questions re: possible condition of you houses-go on the Toms River Twp site--near the bottom of page is "Ortley Beach House Inventory" of homes. Or even the Google Crisis Map --check box Post Sandy. These may help before the visit.
Marsha November 22, 2012 at 08:08 PM
joanne saw pictures of your moms house plenty of water around house not too good.i can be reached at trobysmemoryln@aol.com tont averso
VoiceofReason December 11, 2012 at 03:39 PM
If you hate Ortley so much....MOVE. We don't want someone like you in our town anyway. Stay in north jersey where your crap a$$ attitude belongs.


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