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Re-Entry Plan Allows Residents to Drive into Seasides, Pelican Island, South Seaside Park

Rules must be strictly followed, officials warn

Residents who have been clamoring for the right to drive onto the barrier island to do more than retrieve a few belongings will finally get that opportunity beginning Monday.

Residents of Pelican Island, South Seaside Park, Seaside Park and Seaside Heights all have been granted permission to drive into those areas, officials announced, beginning at 8 a.m. They will have until 3 p.m. to work at their homes, winterizing, removing belongings and working on damage within their homes.

All civilians must be off the island by 3 p.m., officials say. The program will continue daily as long as there are no problems, they said.

There will be checkpoints and every person attempting to enter will need identification proving residency, officials said.

Rules for each town differ slightly, primarily regarding registration, according to information posted on the towns' websites and Facebook pages. The common points, however, are that residents entering the island must stay in the right lane of the Mathis Bridge, which reopened to traffic over the weekend. There will be police officers directing traffic to specific towns.

It was also noted that people attempting to stray into other areas -- especially Ortley Beach -- will be subject to arrest.

Contractors and insurance adjusters may accompany homeowners and/or residents, officials said.

Mayor William Akers of Seaside Heights said in his note to residents, "I must stress that if we do not get massive cooperation, this plan will be ended as soon as it was started."

Town-by-town specifics:

Seaside Heights: Akers said there is a temporary speed limit in town of 5 miles per hour and drivers should consider every intersection a four-way stop. "There are no traffic signals operating and many of the street signs are missing or mis-directed," he said. "Again, please show respect and consideration while in town so that this program can continue and everyone can start the re-building process."

Seaside Park: According to the borough's website, upon entry into the borough residents will be directed to a registration point. A r-entry sticker will be provided to approved residents and homeowners and vehicles displaying a re-entry sticker will be granted access into Seaside Park only. They will have unrestricted access to Seaside Park between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Vehicles having a re-entry sticker must accompany and escort any contractor, plumber or inspector/adjuster personally.

South Seaside Park: Residents must have identification and proof of residency available to avoid traffic delays. As you cross the bridge stay in the right lane past the Dock Outfitters, until a police officer approaches to check your information. At 14th Avenue/Central Boulevard you will reach a second checkpoint, where you will receive a registration form that you must complete prior to leaving the island. It must be returned to the command post at Central Boulevard/24th Avenue, in front of Island Beach State Park, at which time you will receive a permit sticker for future returns.

If you wish to have a contractor or insurance adjuster come in, you must include their information n the registration form. If you do not have the information when you first receive the form,  you will be permitted to take an additional registration form to complete at a later date. This needs to be handed in to a Berkeley Township officer, faxed to 732-341-3405, or delivered to Berkeley Township Headquarters 631 Pinewald Keswick Rd Bayville, NJ 08721.

Only residence vehicles, no contractors, will be given the permit stickers to have regular access to the island.

Pelican Island: Residents who live on the south side will cross the bridge in the right lane and turn right onto Catalina/Route 37.  You will be checked by a Berkeley Township officer at this point.  You are to be completely off Route 37 so as to not cause a traffic issue. Again, have your credentials ready.  When you exit Pelican Island, you need to go to the Berkeley Township Command Post, at the corner of Central Boulevard and 24th Avenue, in front of Island Beach State Park, to fill out the registration paperwork and receive your sticker for future visits. The traffic light at Route 37/Catalina is not functioning and no left-hand turns will be permitted from Pelican Island.

Berkeley Township residents who live on the north side of Pelican Island should follow the directions for South Seaside Park residents.

Permit stickers must be affixed to your windshield.

Toms River residents of Pelican Island must have your proof of residency ready so it will not cause a traffic issue on the highway.

Berkeley residents also can obtain sticker permits and registration forms from the Records Bureau of the Berkeley Township Police Department, 631 Pinewald-Keswick Road - Bayville, NJ 08721, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tired of Idiots November 12, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Is anyone else tired of the almighty chief wahoo rhetoric? Obviously a man with a hatred of government, police and anything that may stand in the way of his god given right to be an ass. Luckily he chooses to live in a country where he has freedom of speech so he can continue to ramble and spew his hatred. My bet is he is one of those full time residents of the barrier island who continues to cry over non-existant problems that are so minor that normal people wouldnt even give a second thought. His description of those "clowns with badges" shows his feelings and obviously he had a career that was so important that it must have retired with him because he is the almighty, all knowing and never wrong pompous ass that he is. I say retired because he appears to spend all his time here posting his ignorant comments. I for one am just tired of the whining and wish him nothing short of a long life somewhere else.
suz November 12, 2012 at 04:42 AM
Hey Ortley residents....go onto Ortley Beach. Info on there helpful.
suz November 12, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Oops...I meant Google Ortley Beach.Org.
Flygrl November 12, 2012 at 05:01 AM
@Tired of Idiots...glad someone said something! Totally agree!
John November 12, 2012 at 05:07 AM
Hey Suz and other OB residents, I would suggest that you go to the Toms River Twp website. It is the source for the most accurate information; unlike some association websites that may not represent the community as a whole. The Toms River Website allows you to register your e-mail address for updates and the reverse 911 in order to be notified when access is available. Good luck!
TRWatch November 12, 2012 at 06:13 AM
I took 7 items out of our house in Ortley before I left the Saturday before Sandy, guitars and guns, I'll head home with some of them.
Jerzymom November 12, 2012 at 06:34 AM
I'm very sorry Ortley owners or renters but you got the worst hit! Are they not telling you all the homes that blew up from the gas. It's a war zone over there. For your safety they have to get all that cleaned up. From pics I see my heart goes out to you. I'm a long time beach goer of the surf club and I'm told it's gone. I hope they really do have therapist in their to speak to and any child that may return to see there home gone. Again Ortley is where all the gas lines got compromised. This is what blew up the homes and all the fires..God Bless when you return
BAYBREEZE November 12, 2012 at 10:44 AM
TO ALL OF YOU WHO ARE COMPLAINING...PLEASE STOP ! I WAS IN SEASIDE HEIGHTS ON SATURDAY..... YOU CAN'T IMAGINE THE DEVASTATION. THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES ARE DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN. THIS IS A BAD SCENE. YOUR HOME IS NOT AS YOU LEFT IT. WATER AND TIDAL SURGE AND SEWERAGE HAVE SEVERLY COMPROMISED THE STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY OF 98% OF ALL THE HOUSES, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. HAVE PATIENTS IN GETTING BACK BECAUSE WHEN YOU DO...YOUR HEART WILL BREAK....NOT MUCH YOU WIL BE ABLE TO DO....ORTLEY IS DEVASTATED....ALL MY FAMILYS BELONGS WERE DRAGGED OUT TO THE STREET SOAKING WET AND MOLDEY. THE DAMAGE IS ALREADY DONE AND ONLY SANDY IS TO BLAME..GOOD LUCK WHEN YOU FINALLY GET BACK IN AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL !!
Bellanessa November 12, 2012 at 01:16 PM
I am not trying to be lame here at all...but if no one can over to the islands, where are the looters coming from? how are they getting over? or is more of a concern that people who live there are looting other people's homes when they are supposedly cleaning up their own? I am so sorry for those of you whose lives have been upended by this...keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
barbara November 12, 2012 at 02:06 PM
My husband and parents on their way now, he just called and said it took over an hr. to get across bridge, many cars.
barbara November 12, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Karen, no one else can answer me this question, maybe you can find out and email me at campergirl307@comcast.net. Our in laws parked their car at a&p parking lot before sandy hit. Called towing co and they said can only tow from driveways and cant do a&p cause it is ortley, he told me he thinks all cars parked there were taken away by guards and i should call t.r. pd i called and the "dont" know, posted on police blotter and they "dont" know but wished me luck. seriously. just trying to find out if car is there. thanks
Mattie November 12, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Tired of the Idiots- Yes, I'm also very tired of reading comments from negative, angry, paranoid Teabaggers and Haters-of-All-Things 'government'... while at the same time they are so quick to label others "unpatriotic" "socialists" "Communists" etc. And I mean I'm sick of them not only in these hurricane aftermath articles, but in EVERY single article or blog about every topic imaginable on every Patch from every town. It's disgraceful. Disgraceful - and depressing - to know that we are surrounded with so many creepy, heartless, mean-spirited people who hate everything constantly.
Sandra November 12, 2012 at 08:42 PM
There is no way that utilites will be able to make full approval and people should grab what they can. It could be months and months and probably will be.
Sandra November 12, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Only comment that made me find laughter. True words, not even Bennies will visit. All alone quiet surrounded by mold.
cade November 12, 2012 at 10:20 PM
I think we all understand that much of ortley was hit bad and my heart goes out to everyone everywhere that's lost so much...but not all of ortley is a battleground...I have a friend working in the area check my families house and aside from 2 broken windows and wet hardwood floors there was little to no damage...this was on Thursday...I was also told that most of the blocks between washington and rt 35 for the most part appeared similar...I've also seem my house on youtube videos people have taken...many...Although not all areas towards the center of the island are in fact in tact and passable...they have to drive right by to go to lavalette...they need to start letting us in too even if it is little by little...otherwise the houses and lives that weren't shattered will be as well...before we know it the whole town will be condemned and demolished at this rate...I'd rather be able to walk over the bridge with a wagon of tools and supplies if we can't drive than be told we'll be arrested if we go near our own homes
Karen Wall November 12, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Bella, they are trying to get in any way possible -- by boat even.
Paula Belotta November 12, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Couldn't agree more....i will personally lead a call to vote out each and every one of them!
Sandra November 13, 2012 at 01:57 AM
What happens to people who were renting homes there? Do they have the same rights as the owners to see the property? How is Blaine Ave? anyone know?
Mattie November 13, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Sandra, I don't know if this helps, but my daughter and son-in-law were renting in Pt. Pleasant Bch and they evacuated pre-storm, but the house they were renting 3 blocks from the oceanfront was badly flooded. They have been back to the house several times (once they were allowed in PPB) and all they needed to show was a current drivers license with the address on it. Soit seems renters have the same rights to go back and salvage whatever they can.... And the house they were renting- condemned. Their landlord is unsure about rebuilding there again. In the meantime, I have my daughter, son-in-law and a HUGE dog living with us (in a small 2-bed retirement home) for the next 6-8 months. It's tight, it's tough, but we do what we gotta do, right? :-)
Sandra November 13, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Gee Mattie, you have a heart of gold. I am so glad they had someone who would let them come in with their dog. God Bless
TRWatch November 13, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Well, here you go. We can finally go home, but the township wants us to show up at 8:00 to register...amazing. http://tomsrivertownship.com/
Veronica Adamkiewicz November 13, 2012 at 05:19 AM
@ Sandra . . . I was there today, Unfortunately, if yours is a first floor on Blaine . . . there's a very good chance you will be walking into dirty water marks 3 - 4 feet high on the walls. Floors and all belongings will be filled with water and sand mixed with raw sewerage (from the sewer system backing up in most everyone's homes, mixing with flood waters). Everything you own below 4 feet can not be salvaged. Things in the bedrooms were in the kitchen, things from the bathroom were found under beds. etc . . Nothing anyone can tell you, and no picture you've seen, will be descriptive enough to fully prepare people to what they are walking into. The Seaside Heights we all know, is unrecognizable. Best of luck and God bless.
barbara November 13, 2012 at 11:31 AM
yes mattie, gotta do what you gotta do. i had 3 families livinging with me also 4 cats. one family rented home next door to me, my neighbor snow bird. so gracious of her now my elderly in laws who lost all in ss hts. next door to me for now. still have 2 families here, looking for a place, but hard. bless you to.
Mattie November 13, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Yes, my daughter and son in law are not the only friends and family members who have lost everything- A sister-in-law and brother-in-law evacuated out of Silverton the day before the storm, and went back afterward to see their house (they lived in that house for 28 yrs; 3 blocks back from the nearest lagoon - without it EVER flooding), had 4 ft of water inside the house at the height of the storm surge. House; condemned. They could only get one of their two cars out, the car left behind; flooded and totaled. So their family- two parents, two college-age kids, and a dog had to move in with her mother in Bricktown. They are so traumatized, they do not want to rebuild in Silverton. I don't blame them.... It's very sad for soooo many people. It really is. That's why it really pisses me off to see the same few selfish and self-absorbed jerks here on Patch complaining and screaming about being treated so 'unfairly' and how incompetent the government /FEMA is - all because they can't do what they want when they want to....
Sandra November 13, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Thank you JerseyShoreGirl4. Sounds like mold is going to grab anything left standing. Don't need or want that. Anyone else having sleep issues? Nightmares? :(
Sandra November 13, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Why bother letting us all back anyway? What's the point? Idon't blame FEMA or the townships. I just hope they hang out for a while before another problem happens elsewhere in the country and we are an afterthought of importance.
Barnegat Ray November 13, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Ortley Info Here: http://tomsrivertownship.com/
Frank Kwatonowski November 14, 2012 at 12:44 AM
If we missed a re-entry date will we get another chance . In am interested in Chadwick Beach Island.
barbara November 14, 2012 at 03:35 AM
wth happened to cars parked in a&p lot? cant find any answeres pd dont know mayor dont know. heard rumor guards removed all cars from there. can some one help?
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