No Retreat From Barrier Islands, Vicari Vows

Beach replenishment and rebuilding will bring Ocean County shoreline back to life, freeholder says


The wounded oceanfront towns of the Ocean County shoreline will be reborn with a lot of hard work, Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari said.

"We will not withdraw from the barrier islands," Vicari said today. "We will do everything possible to replenish beaches and property as soon as possible."

County officials will make it a "top priority" to work with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials and other agencies, said Vicari, who serves as liaison to the county's Division of Travel and Tourism.

Vicari also said he plans to speak to Jersey Central Power & Light officials about better coordination of emergency crews on the ground to help out in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

"We need better management of the outside electrical company people," he said.

County residents have been calling about out-of-state contractors sitting in trucks at various areas for long periods of time," Vicari said.

"I'm very concerned," he said. "Go by Holiday Inn. Don't tell me it's a staging area."

Take a look at the 1960 Seaside Heights promotional film. It might make you feel a little warmer on a cold, wet day.

Lori November 07, 2012 at 09:31 PM
and they didnt have the chance to vote either, I am thankful for all they are doing
Ken November 07, 2012 at 09:56 PM
"County residents have been calling about out-of-state contractors sitting in trucks at various areas for long periods of time," Vicari said." Do people realize that maybe these guys are on a break and may have just put in a 16 hour shift. We should be thankful that all these crews came in from other states. If we only had out JCP&L workers doing this work we would be lucky if we all had power by next Christmas 2013.
Mike November 07, 2012 at 09:56 PM
It's not about you
tuna stick November 07, 2012 at 10:11 PM
I was able to take a flight up and down the coast last week, and aside for all of the devastation there was one thing that stood out. Where there were high dunes, with vegetation, and small trees, those place faired much better. Jetties will not stop the ocean. The best defense would be dunes with substantial plant life, like that on Island Beach State Park. There was very little erosion there. Piling up sand and building houses yards away is not the answer.
ed crowley November 08, 2012 at 01:11 AM
How did the conversation after Irene go. Was wondering where the county office holders were hiding.
Lisa November 08, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Need plenty of high, view blocking dunes. And we need to stop filling in the "new" inlets. They are old inlets re-opening. You can't win a fight against nature. Gotta work with nature. Let the dunes do what they do so well, and let the inlets move water in and out of the bay. It will also significantly reduce bay pollution
John Wnek November 08, 2012 at 12:40 PM
I am a proponent for structuring, not rebuilding along our shoreline communities. We have the opportunity to plan for, and to reorganize the infrastructure along the barrier island. Beach replenishment works in some cases, and due respect to the comment with jetties and groins, they sometimes cause more erosion in some areas (i.e., failed attempts at Buxton, N.C.) depending on the orientation of the coastline. I would like to see the Ocean County Freeholders, municipalities, along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to "restructure" the barrier island. Which means that properties totally lost be compensated for on a federal level with the old "Blue Acres" funding program and carefully assess the areas to "rebuild". - Dr. John Wnek
Liz Schwartz November 08, 2012 at 01:33 PM
It's not just the ocean side here people. Residents of seaside park on BAYFRONT suffered the most damage in that area. So don't just talk about dunes and sea walls on the Oceanside, the bayside needs them just as much.
JerseyShore4Ever November 08, 2012 at 02:05 PM
where are the "Jersey Shore" scumbags?? they should be in seaside cleaning up!! Have they donated a penny of the millions of dollars they made?? I dont think so!!
Renee Lachapelle November 08, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Buy out ALL the property and water right owners- Turn the Barrier Islands back into a living barrier of sand dunes with seagrass and trees to buffer the bay behind it. I think that would cost far less than the ever constant rebuilding of a Island that is directly adjacent to the full force of a wind whipped ocean.
MIC November 08, 2012 at 04:25 PM
WE need better Emergency Management and Preparedness first then we should talk about the electrical needs for the future. All we saw in Ocean County was response, not management or prep. Somebody needs to man up and take responsibility.
Bowie Thelonius November 08, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Great idea, look at Island Beach State Park. That's how the shoreline should look, however there will be people screaming that they want their oceanfront houses back, too bad if it causes flooding for everyone else. Barrier Islands are just that for a reason, and should NEVER have been built up the way they were.
Mike November 08, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Actually - the best benefit I've seen thus far has been organized by those guys. Its similar to a relief run for Katrina, and they will be giving money directly to rebuild the Seaside Boardwalk, as well as small loans to affected businesses.
lifelonginbrick November 08, 2012 at 04:47 PM
People should understand that what happened was an extensive and very strong storm with record breaking outages. It's going to take a while to fix. My co-worker's husband works for JCP&L. Since the hurricane he works all day till 3am goes home to sleep about 3-4 hours and back out on the road. These people are busting their humps people should stop the whining and cut them a little slack.
lifelonginbrick November 08, 2012 at 04:50 PM
rebuild the beaches and replenish dunes but to rebuild the McMansions and summer cottages so close to shore is just short sighted. The climate IS changing and we are going to see more violent storms.
Renee Lachapelle November 08, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Build and rebuild echoes around the state by home/property/business oweners and renters. Federal buyout of everyone who lives on a barrier island and turn that barrier island back to nature. Turn the barrier islands into national parks as other states have done which reduced the overall damage done by wind and wave. As for the electric issue which is due primarily from Tropical Storm Sandy's effects on the heavily build up areas in its path. JCP&L only has so many trucks, they cannot be in all areas at the same time. Many of them are out wading in the water to turn off or repair electric service while their own homes are left out in the dark, their families are scattered , their possessions gone while they work to restore power to you. Thank the utility workers from other states who came to rescue you from the dark and cold. Estimated costs are 50 Billion dollars with around 20 Billion of that is not insured/covered. Take a buyout and stop wasting money. The definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over expecting same results everytime. The power of wind, waves, tides, storms is reality; not a fantasy dreamed by a writer. its destructive force can be calmed though not entirely tamed. Preserve life and land by not rebuilding this time or suffer the consequences of Mother Nature again and again and again.
Ortley November 08, 2012 at 05:55 PM
never had a claim in 40 yrs ! On the beach so please stop with the "constant rebuilding" ok
Tom R November 08, 2012 at 05:58 PM
If you have insurance or you want to rebuild on your own expense go right ahead. 20 Billion divide by 311.6 Million (US Population) = $64 for every man women and child in the US to be added to the US Debt. That is the low park number. Add that to the already $45,068.58 owed by every man, women and child in the US along with what ever our government continue to overspend in the future. Good luck folks.
Safari November 09, 2012 at 02:53 AM
I feel bad for the individuals who loss their homes and businesses. On the other hand I don't feel I should have to pay for others. This is going to be costly and in the billions. Everyone should not have to take on the expense for others personal gains. If they want to rebuild it should be on their own expense. I am sure another storm will happen again and possibly be worse than Sandy. I have to agree with some of these post the barrier islands was not made to be built on the way it was allowed. It comes down to money and those will look the other way when they should not. Barrier is made for protection, not to live on it. Also,We the people can't use all these beaches because all those who owns the houses make sure that we can't get on the beach. They use every inch of it so we can't get on. We the people have to pay money for the private businesses too? Why? Doesn't anyone have insurance? They should use their own insurance and money. I can't go in to their businesses or on the boardwalk and demand free things. Why should the Jersey Shore cast pay for anything? They made money on the town, so what, the town and businesses also made money on them. This is what is wrong with the entire country. When it comes down to it, everyone wants handouts. Not only those who collect welfare want a free ride so does everyone else. The same ones who complain about helping the less fortunate are now in the same boat and they expect the same. Until they need it is when it changes.
Mac November 10, 2012 at 02:22 AM
That would be the Ocean County Sheriff. He is head of the Ocean County OEM and probably has been since the position was created. However, I don't think he will be taking any responsibility for the county's shortcomings in being better prepared, especially with a method of providing information for the displaced homeowners and residents. No one has seen or heard from him in quite some time, so we're really not sure he even knows that there was a hurricane. The Sheriff just got reelected with a couple of Freeholders, but they don't seem to know where he is either. It might be time for the Ocean County voters to give some honest thought as to who they really need to watch their backs when it really matters. The Freeholders blaming the utility companies just isn’t going to cut it anymore.
Ken November 10, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Mike... I think I did read that snooki said she would donate some slippers, hope that isn't breaking her.
Ken November 10, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Mac I doubt if the sheriff even knows what year it is or where he is. But the "smart" people of Ocean County voted him back in...good job voters
tess November 10, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Renee, You sound smart and I have to agree with you. I know those who lived there is upset and want to rebuild, but I think who ever let them build from the beginning was wrong. Turn the barrier islands back to the nature of the way it was intended to be. People need to understand and listen, preserve life and land by not rebuilding this time or suffer the consequences of Mother Nature. This will happen again and it will be even stronger the next time. It is sad but reality.
tess November 10, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Are you kidding? No one wants to man up these days or take responsibility. Those days are over everywhere.
tess November 10, 2012 at 03:37 PM
lifelonginbrick, We will see more storms stronger than sandy, each time we get hit, it will be more violent then the next.
Watza November 13, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Who is paying for SSH and Point Beach boardwalk businesses and beaches to be rebuild or replaced? I thought they were privately owned. Why do we have to pay for privately businesses? Sure a lot of people have memories and enjoy the beaches and boardwalk. It is not free, we pay a lot of money just to get on the beach. So... Why do we have to pay for it again and again every time there is a storm. Let the owners pay. Don't they have insurance. They are the ones who were making all the money for all these years. If the state is going to pay for all the rebuild then it should be a state run amusement park.
A Resident November 13, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Jenks pays for the boardwalk businesses they own and whatever work Jenks will need on the beach where they own. Always have, always will.
careless fills November 13, 2012 at 03:38 AM
I seem to remember the 85 year old sherriff's 76 year old chief deputy dying in the last last year or two from a tragic home remodeling accident a year or two ago and he was the emergenc preparedness expert. Perhaps these guys should have some secession plan to pass down the accumulated wisdom for the future.
Watza November 13, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Always have and always will what? The government keeps on handing money out to all these towns, beach homeowners and businesses for their losses every time there is a storm. We the people keep on paying funding for sand and more sand to fill on all these beaches back up after every storm. AC Casinos, Race tracks and now possibly for a privately owned beach property, beaches and boardwalks. I wish the government would keep their hands out of my wallet to help subsides others. It is ridiculous, especially when I don't even live there and I have to pay to get on the all the beaches. I don't even think the residents that live there should pay for all those who decided that they wanted to buy a home on the beach, own a beach or business. Who has to pay for the boardwalk? The town, who gives the money to the town? FEMA does? Who pays for FEMA? We do, the consumers pay. All these shore towns should think twice about putting up a boardwalks again. Every large storm the boardwalks are torn up or blown over. If you don't think everyone is paying for all these problems in the end then you are in denial. Someone on these stories stated that Seaside was in the middle of repairing the boardwalk from the last storm. Who was paying for that? The resident's in that town through their taxes.
Jackie T. Craig November 15, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Basically the government supports and bails out only certain businesses that we have to pay for. They have bailed out banks, automobile industries, non profit big wigs. Like you said AC casinos, racetracks and possibly both beaches, privately owned beaches and businesses, and now the fishing industry. When and where does this stop and who do they expect should pay for it all? All the victims or non victims that were also hit by the storm. Why not support the little guys who actually runs the average worker in AMERICA.


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