Written by Berkeley Patch Editor Patricia A. Miller
Residents whose homes were destroyed or badly damaged by Superstorm Sandy will not have to pay any permit fees until after Oct. 29 - the first anniversary of the storm, Mayor Carmen F. Amato Jr. said.
"If we need to extend again, we will," the mayor said. "But we feel we won't need to. These homeowners are innocent victims of a 100-year storm. We're doing our best to do what we can to assist them."
This will be the third time since Sandy battered Bayville, Pelican Island and the South Seaside Park sections that township officials have waived all reconstruction building and zoning fees.
"That was my recommendation," Amato said. "This has been a very
difficult time for many homeowners impacted by Sandy in dealing with
SBA, FEMA, insurance companies and now with DCA with the Renew Jersey Stronger grants."
Township officials have also added additional temporary staff to the construction department to expedite the permit process, and hired a new construction official, the mayor said.
"We're hopeful that residents will have some direction
and begin the rebuilding process," Amato said. "If residents
are experiencing delays in the process they should call my office
and have their block and lot number ready. We're ready to help."
To reach the mayor's office, call 732-244-7400, ext. 203.