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Updated Barrier Island Access Schedule Announced

New access schedule runs through the end of December

With natural gas system pressurization expected to be completed before this weekend in Toms River's barrier island, the township has announced a re-entry schedule through the end of December. 

The updated schedule runs from Monday, Dec. 17 through the end of December and outlines when each of the barrier island's three zones — East, Middle and West — are permitted to enter, according to the complete list posted to the township's website

The East and Middle zones will be the first allowed in on Dec. 17 and 18, followed by the East and West zones on Dec. 19 and 20 and the Middle and West zones on Dec. 21, the plan shows.

All zones are scheduled to be open on from Dec. 22 through Dec. 24 and again on Dec. 26. No one will be allowed on the barrier island Christmas Day, Dec. 25, according to the schedule. 

New Jersey Natural Gas crews have been inspecting their system this week as gas lines in the area are re-activated. The entirety of the barrier island is expected to be open for the weekend of Dec. 15, the township has announced.

Customers who smell gas are advised to leave the building, refrain from using matches, cell phones or electrical switches and are asked to call 1-800-GAS-LEAK.

Pat S. December 13, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I don't understand why Toms River sections of the barrier island are still required to adhere to a schedule while other areas are allowed in on a daily basis. We are trying to clean up and begin remediation, but are limited by a "schedule"!
Mr Kaye December 13, 2012 at 06:51 PM
I'm curious,as to why you keep referring,to Pelican Island & the Barnegat Barrier Island,as the Toms River Barrier Island,in many of your articles.Yes,I know that this publication is called The Toms River Patch;but this is a little confusing for me.Seaside Park,Seaside Heights,Lavallette,Mantoloking,& Bay Head,don't have a Patch,dedicated to their towns(I know that Berkeley Township,Brick & Point Pleasant do);so I for one,read this online paper,to get information,about the whole island.When you call it,the Toms River Barrier Island,it makes it appear.that you're only interested in giving information for the Toms River Township sections. You also refer to the access sections,as being east,middle & west.The island,at it widest point,is approx.a mile & a half.Even the Toms River website gives the accessibility,as the separate towns,which logically run north & south. I don't mean to be a pain in the neck;but I felt it was important,to point these possibly confusing things out.BTW,I am a resident of Toms River....I just wanted to get information about the entire island.

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