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Barrier Islands Meeting Just Adds to Residents' Frustration

Answers about when they can return to secure homes, retrieve belongings nonexistent

Angry residents of the barrier island town areas from Ortley Beach to Seaside Park jammed the Holiday Inn on Route 37 in Toms River for a meeting that turned out to be little more than a chance to complain.

Drawn by Internet postings about a meeting that many thought would be an opportunity to get information from their towns, residents who've been waiting days to return to the island to collect belongings or check their homes were left even more frustrated than they were before.

"This is the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen," said an employee of the Holiday Inn, who walked out onto the sidewalk around the hotel to get a breath of fresh air, as people milled about, waiting to see if they could get inside.

Along Route 37, Toms River police blocked entrances to the hotel's parking lot and diverted Clifton Avenue drivers east on 37, away from the hotel, as every available parking space was taken and the lawn in front of the building filled up with cars.

"No elected officials showed up," said Phil Daloisio, owner of Lenny's Pizzeria in Lavallette, the frustration apparent in his voice. "They won't tell us anything."

The lack of information was the biggest complaint voiced by many who had come to the meetings. Residents of the Toms River beach communities, as well as Lavallette and Seaside Heights, fueled in part by anger over the access given Monday to residents of the South Seaside Park section of Berkeley Township and of Seaside Park, voiced anger over the lack of information and questioned whether officials were being honest about the dangers.

"Every time you see photos (from the barrier towns) there are people walking around," one man said. "How is it safe for other people and not for us?"

Reports that the bridges and roads were not safe drew derision.

"If they're not safe for us, how can they drive those heavy trucks over them?" another man said. "It doesn't make sense."

In the ballroom, a man commanding the microphone doled out information on what residents should to if and when they get the chance to return, including how to quickly winterize pipes to prevent them from bursting.

That focus upset Seaside Heights residents who rent, who came thinking they would get information on what options they have now.

"I barely have family, I barely have friends," said Danielle Hernandez, who fled Seaside Heights with her children -- Evan, 9, Angelina, 7, and Gisella, 5. "Where do we go?"

"We're beach people," said Kathy Gleason, who lived in Seaside Heights with her husband, her daughter Meghan, and Meghan's three children. "We have no place to live now."

"I just want my stuff," said Jennifer Lively, another Seaside Heights resident. "Nothing against anyone else," she said, referring to the dozens of efforts to collect clothing for those displaced. "I just want my stuff."

"We understand there's danger," said one woman from Lavallette, who would only identify her husband. "We just want to secure our homes. We followed all the rules (and evacuated)."

"I think they (officials) are just learning things minute by minute," said Daloisio, "but right now everyone's afraid of mold, everyone's afraid of pipes freezing."

"We just want some answers," he said.

lacey4ever November 07, 2012 at 02:35 PM
People go to http://storms.ngs.noaa.gov/storms/sandy/ (sorry i don't know how to copy and paste) where it says search location type in your address then zoom in. This is an updated birdseye view of the destruction. A friend lived on Fort Ave. in Ortley and had 9 houses to the east of her before the storm and now it looks like she is the first house from the beach. Maybe some of you will be able to find your homes on this web site. Sad to say but it is total destruction along the beach in Ortley. SO SORRY TO ALL AFFECTED BY HURRICANE SANDY!!!!
Candace Popaca November 07, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Thanks Jeff, we need a pro bono lawyer who lives on the strip to help us. Anyone? call Candy popaca 732 770 7444
Nick November 07, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Jay Gee, Please go to my comment below. It is about getting enough people together. Thanks, Nick
Barnegat Ray November 07, 2012 at 03:46 PM
These are great comments and posts, fellow islanders. I live in Ortley Beach. Please find "Kane In Your Corner" on Facebook, and put your comments and frustrations there also. We need as much exposure as possible. Thank you! https://www.facebook.com/#!/kaneinyourcorner?fref=ts
Barnegat Ray November 07, 2012 at 03:49 PM
I copied and reposted your comment on Kane In Your Corner's Facebook wall...thank you for your support in this mess!
Barnegat Ray November 07, 2012 at 03:53 PM
These are great comments and posts, fellow islanders. I live in Ortley Beach. Please find "Kane In Your Corner" on Facebook, and put your comments and frustrations there also. We need as much exposure as possible. Thank you! https://www.facebook.com/#!/kaneinyourcorner?fref=ts
Barnegat Ray November 07, 2012 at 03:54 PM
These are great comments and posts, fellow islanders. I live in Ortley Beach. Please find "Kane In Your Corner" on Facebook, and put your comments and frustrations there also. We need as much exposure as possible. Thank you! https://www.facebook.com/#!/kaneinyourcorner?fref=ts Can you post (here and there) that video?
Barnegat Ray November 07, 2012 at 03:55 PM
These are great comments and posts, fellow islanders. I live in Ortley Beach. Please find "Kane In Your Corner" on Facebook, and put your comments and frustrations there also. We need as much exposure as possible. Thank you! https://www.facebook.com/#!/kaneinyourcorner?fref=ts
Barnegat Ray November 07, 2012 at 03:56 PM
These are great comments and posts, fellow islanders. I live in Ortley Beach. Please find "Kane In Your Corner" on Facebook, and put your comments and frustrations there also. We need as much exposure as possible. Thank you! https://www.facebook.com/#!/kaneinyourcorner?fref=ts
Barnegat Ray November 07, 2012 at 03:57 PM
These are great comments and posts, fellow islanders. I live in Ortley Beach. Please find "Kane In Your Corner" on Facebook, and put your comments and frustrations there also. We need as much exposure as possible. Thank you! https://www.facebook.com/#!/kaneinyourcorner?fref=ts
Barnegat Ray November 07, 2012 at 03:57 PM
These are great comments and posts, fellow islanders. I live in Ortley Beach. Please find "Kane In Your Corner" on Facebook, and put your comments and frustrations there also. We need as much exposure as possible. Thank you! https://www.facebook.com/#!/kaneinyourcorner?fref=ts
Barnegat Ray November 07, 2012 at 03:57 PM
These are great comments and posts, fellow islanders. I live in Ortley Beach. Please find "Kane In Your Corner" on Facebook, and put your comments and frustrations there also. We need as much exposure as possible. Thank you! https://www.facebook.com/#!/kaneinyourcorner?fref=ts
Barnegat Ray November 07, 2012 at 03:58 PM
These are great comments and posts, fellow islanders. I live in Ortley Beach. Please find "Kane In Your Corner" on Facebook, and put your comments and frustrations there also. We need as much exposure as possible. Thank you! https://www.facebook.com/#!/kaneinyourcorner?fref=ts
Jay Gee November 07, 2012 at 04:11 PM
We can't have that many pages. we have one started with 4 people on it. Please go there. If you have any knowledge and don't see it posted there already, please post it. Post the link to the youtube articles. Post anything you can find. Keep calling the Governor's office regardless of whether they do or say anything as of now. The Election is over now. So please keep trying to fill in as much info and remarks that apply at http://www.facebook.com/stormy.sandy#!/stormy.sandy ....Or combine everything to one. Have to do this together, stay focused, make calls. The entire council and mayor's information is listed on the page too!
Candace Popaca November 07, 2012 at 04:15 PM
use the Mantoloking bridge, it is fully operational as Brick was taking resident over to Curtis, Manto Shores etc. Sink holes may be in Ortley but not north of lavallette. I believe that the only people in nj to not physically see their homes are TR twsp barrier isl residents. Am I right? Paper said Mantoloking proper folks went starting yesterday. Lava has set up a plan. Does anyone out there know anything else?
Candace Popaca November 07, 2012 at 04:23 PM
John, Hopefully, you are correct. We are the only residents wo have not see homes. I am in Normandy and all of TR twp is in the samr boat. Normandy from 5th ave north is Brick, they are going in and TR refuses to let us go at the north end of the TR twp. I am caling some reporters again, about the lack of a plan to go over. I have called NJ chan 12 tv never heard back after i told them our plight. phone num on tv CALL EVERYONE
JHill November 07, 2012 at 04:30 PM
No FEMA money--just 4 feet of sheet rock and a 2% loan. Assuming it is your primary residence of course. If not you are screwed unless you had flood insurance.
Candace Popaca November 07, 2012 at 04:32 PM
MANTOLOKING BRIDGE works Go over it all the way past lavallette. Not sure aout S.H or ortley. Talked to friend who went into Mantoloking Shores onbus yesterday. 6 hrs was given to winterize and get things out.
ed crowley November 07, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Like the protest of yesterday Freeholders and Sheriff re-elected. I have no fear those that are in power will be re-elected no matter how bad the people are treated.
JHill November 07, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Huh? They would rather have a 1800 sq foot 3 story house valued at $800,000 than 1 story bungalow paying taxes on a $350,000 value. Take a look at what happened to Long Branch.
Candace Popaca November 07, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Can anyone hear me? EVERYONE has gone over but TRTwp residents at both ends of the island.
Candace Popaca November 07, 2012 at 04:45 PM
just called chief M left message I tis SAFE why won't they let north end of TR over?
Chuck Lada November 07, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Awesome website!!!! It confirms my beliefs that most of the damage in SSH was east of Ocean Avenue. Ortley Beach however got hammered. Come to the council meeting at 101 Hooper Ave tonight and ask the SSH council members how can they justify keeping us out any longer?
Candace Popaca November 07, 2012 at 04:52 PM
yes, all let in even in most severe areas,but not us.
Candace Popaca November 07, 2012 at 04:56 PM
will wmail w/ jack info and kudos count me in
W Jay Bee November 07, 2012 at 05:29 PM
The reason the barrier islands are not getting political attention is because your representatives don't have any inherent interest in helping you. MOST OF YOU DON'T VOTE IN THEIR ELECTIONS!! Toms River and Brick local and state reps are elected by mainland residents. That is a fact. This will continjue to happen over and over in the future unless you take the needed action now to change the game. All land on the barrier island needs to be incorporated into its own municipality with its own government and needs to be taken out of the jusrisdiction of the mainlaind townships. The mainland would no longer be the recipient of the huge taxes they collect while providing zero services and the island communities would have representatives that are focused directly on the concerns of its residents. This would be totally consistent with the current state policy to consolidate local governments and services. There are now at least 3 separate municipalities plus 2 township govenrments on the island. That could be reduced to no more than 2 or three entities. The savings would be huge and the representation would be clear.
Jay Gee November 07, 2012 at 05:32 PM
THERE IS INFORMATION THAT YOU MAY NEED ABOUT MEETING. PLEASE GO NOW TO http://www.facebook.com/stormy.sandy#!/stormy.sandy It's very difficult to post info. on both sites. Please vent here, go there for information. It's important to all you Barrier Island Year Round Residents and Benny's too! BENNY'S ARE OWNERS AND TAX PAYERS TOO! So let's all work together. Go to site and friend and read everything. Even if you think you read it already, it changes. There is a warning about the meeting for tonight.
Cynthia E Miller November 07, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Well, in your opionion you stated "will never live on the island again", I heard, and this is a rumor, but you have to admit, it might very well be true, but i heard that they are(the federal government) going to condemn the barrier islands and deem it uninhabitabul and give the people who own homes what their homes are worth. 1st, where are they going to get all that money, 2nd, do you really think we are going to let that happen!!!!really. I maybe some dumb person, but in this modern day and age, we can rebuild, I know the coastal area is forever changed but come on, I think that is a little dramatic to deem the entire barrier islands as uninhabitabul. What are your thoughts on that. Do you really think this can acutally happen? thanks.
Favorite Teacher November 07, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Also look at "Coastal Blue Acres - created w/ Green Acres, Farmland, Historic Preservation and Blue Acres Bond Act 1995- contains grants and loans to municipalities and counties to acquire lands in coastal areas that have been damaged by storms, that may be prone to storm damage, or that buffer or protect other lands from storm damage, for recreation and conservation purposes. The act defines coastal areas as those within the CAFRA Zone CBA has 2 parts: Pre-storm: $6 million. Acquisition of unimproved and largely unimproved storm prone and buffer lands funded with 75 % grant/25 % loan. (Please note that as of Nov. 98, all Pre-Storm funds are committed- No Pre-Storm funds are currently available) Post-storm: $9 million. Acquistion of lands that have suffered at least a 50 percent reduction in value as a result of storm damage will be funded with 50 percent grant/50 percent loan. Coastal area lands eligible for purchase w/ CBA funds can be lands anywhere on a coastal barrier island, lands within 150 feet landward of the mean high water line of any tidal water, or lands within 150 feet of the landward limit of a beach or dune. All CBA funded purchases must be from willing sellers. CBA acquired lands will be restricted to minimal improvements for public access. For more information about Coastal Blue Acres, please call (609) 984-0570. http://www.nj.gov/dep/greenacres/blue.html
Catherine Galioto (Editor) November 09, 2012 at 10:22 AM
Hello, Toms River has announced a plan for barrier island resident access. Check out this update: http://tomsriver.patch.com/articles/toms-river-barrier-island-residents-re-entry-plan-begins-friday

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