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UPDATE: Seaside Heights Seeks Return To Homes Starting Jan. 7

Mayor William Akers said the borough is seeking to have residents return after Hurricane Sandy.

Seaside Heights has submitted a plan to have residents returning to their homes starting January 7 after Hurricane Sandy devastated the borough, Mayor William Akers said on Wednesday night.

The borough will start taking applications for certificates of occupancy for single family and two-family homes on January 2, Akers said at the Seaside Heights Borough Council meeting, which was held at the Ocean County Library in Toms River. The borough will move to approving larger structures after that time.

Residents will need a certificate of occupancy to return to homes after Hurricane Sandy struck the community in late October. Any plans to repopulate Seaside Heights will require state approval.

Akers said restoration of utility service is progressing with natural gas service restored to 70 percent of the borough.

The borough, which is nationally reknown for its nightlife after "MTV's Summer Beachhouse" 12 years ago and the hugely popular "Jersey Shore" program, also adopted a temporary business curfew starting Jan. 7, allowing businesses to be open only between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Akers said the curfew would be in effect until the council revokes it.

An individual, who said he owned Hemingways, disagreed with the Council's plan and urged them to reconsider the curfew for weekends.

"Every day that I close at 10 p.m., I lose money," the man told the Borough Council. "We all have our property taxes and our mortgages, but we had to sit idle. I understand the need about security. I have spoken with other business owners in the same situation. It is further adding to a devastating situation for all of us."

Akers said his request was reasonable and was something that he and the Borough Council would be willing to revisit.

Chief Wahoo December 20, 2012 at 04:35 AM
To return to a credit downgrade by Moody's.
Chief Wahoo December 20, 2012 at 10:44 AM
I like to leave negative comments.
grace December 20, 2012 at 03:30 PM
well congrats to the chief of police the head of OEM and all the firemen police etc who have worked so hard to bring that town back to some sort of life! but really hemingways guy its not all about you...be thankful you can open in the evening at all
copperpot December 20, 2012 at 05:22 PM
yes you do. You should be happy for people who get to return home
barbara December 21, 2012 at 01:46 AM
been so stressful trying to deal with seaside...every day it changes...have eldely in laws, have gone to town hall several times and no answers, much confusion. need to get them and other family members back home. hope there is some kind of organization. can just picture now going on 1/2 to get CO and gonna be mass confusion. Make a plan........so frustrating...

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