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Pelican Island Residents: Go Now To Get Belongings

Access for Berkeley and Toms River residents of island granted today only; you must be off by 4 p.m.

Residents of Pelican Island -- both those from Berkeley and from Toms River -- have been granted permission to access the island to retrieve belongings, Berkeley Township officials said.

Berkeley Township Attorney Lauren Staiger said the decision, reached this afternoon, grants permission for residents to take one personal vehicle to their homes to collect belongings.

Residents must register at the Bellcrest Plaza on Fischer Boulevard in Toms River and must prove residency there or that they own a business there, Staiger said.

No sightseeing is permitted and all must be off Pelican Island by 4 p.m., Staiger said.

Michele Shilling November 06, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Also, where are they announcing the information on access?
Karen Muller November 06, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Ron - How can I contact you? I am an owner at a 13 unit condo complex in Ortley Beach also. The President of our association would like to communicate with other associations in the area. We have the same concern about freezing pipes.
John Anderson November 06, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Thanky you Karen for this info we know you and the patch are reporting as fast as you get the info. The issue is with Berkeley! They have been cruel and just down right illegal keeping us out of our homes. Please tell them to stop jerking us around.
John Anderson November 06, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Cant wait to see how much we are awarded from the lawsuit that is in the works. Just feel bad because these leaders will not have to pay a dime and the taxpayers will be on the hook for it.
Project Bluebeam November 06, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Get your stuff now before your house is razed and the land reclaimed in the name of UN Agenda 21. It's coming people, wake up!
Joe November 06, 2012 at 08:27 PM
I just found out and I am an hour away. Can I get back on tomorrow?
Diane Maiorano November 06, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I can't believe we are given notice at 1:00 that we have access to Pelican Island up till 4:00 today. What kind of advance notice is this. My parents who own their primary house on Pelican Island are staying we me (daughter) over an hour away. If this note was posted this morning or last night, I would have been able to get there. My parents are stranded at my place and in need of their clothes, meds, etc. This communication is horrible. When will we be able to have access again this week?!!!
Diane Maiorano November 06, 2012 at 08:32 PM
continued from above. I am not on the web 24 hours a day. I checked the Berkely patch and Toms River patch up till 12:00 today. I will call the Berkely office and provide my cell phone and perhaps they can use this as communication if they are only going to give a few hours notice!
teatleytea November 06, 2012 at 08:43 PM
When are they going to let those of us who live over in Chadwick Beach over to see when we could get thing out of our homes along with seeing what is left of our homes? All we seem to hear about is either Ortley Beach and Seaside Park and the Heights and we seem to be the forgotten ones. Well. Mayor what about us? We pay our taxes to Toms River also!!!
anthony serrao November 06, 2012 at 08:45 PM
The roadways are not stable. There are sink holes and road hazards all over ortley beach.everyone needs to calm down and wait till the stabilize the roads What everyone will want to do is figure out how they are going to remore the watetlogged carpets and furniture and then air out their homes. This is going to be along process. Dont get sucked into the paranoia going aroumd
andrena bonte November 06, 2012 at 08:55 PM
You are right, anthony. My question is what will we be able to accomplish once we are allowed back on the island. It is so unclear.
Patricia Kollien November 06, 2012 at 09:03 PM
I am trying to stay calm.
Hammer November 06, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Ridiculous. I am 2 hours away. I just want my shit and I will get out
Barbara Rone November 06, 2012 at 09:57 PM
For those of us who missed the last minute notice today, will we be able to get onto Pelican Island tomorrow?
anthony serrao November 06, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Once the roads are stabilized we should be allowed on island to assess damages and make our own plans according to our homes damage. Some homes unfortunately are totaled some or all need extensive repairs. Be prepared the water damage is servere.
Dev Durer November 06, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety... Benjamin Franklin said that.
chris foster November 06, 2012 at 10:41 PM
who can we put a lawsuit on and how do we do it. this is against everything America is about FREEDOM!!! My family needs our things we have a 2 yearold who has his nebulizer in there he cant breath!!
chris foster November 06, 2012 at 10:58 PM
they are talkin bout its unsafe cuz of sinkholes and such but yet they are runnin bulldozers and heavy trucks all over the damn place and then they gave people a tour of the damage on a bus tour. they really need to let us get our things even if its street by street something anything!!
Blink November 06, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Karen: thanks for the great job of reporting and keeping us informed. Bill K Pelican Island resident
Common sense November 06, 2012 at 11:29 PM
With all the dumb questions and statements I just read on this article I think the barrier islands should let everyone complaining on at once and see what happens. They make these rules for your safety so no one that has half a brain has to go risk their lives trying to save idiots that wouldn't listen.
suz November 06, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Do any of you have a contract with a heating and cooling company? A guest from Seaside Park who is staying with me had made arrangements with them to go over to her house and winterize, etc. as soon as they are able.
Joe November 07, 2012 at 12:20 AM
I'm with you Diane. Not happy.
andrena bonte November 07, 2012 at 12:41 AM
I just heard from someone that bus loads of people were allowed on West Point Island today because the Lavallette mayor raised a stink with the Governor. Why isn't anyone speaking up for the Dover Township crowd?
jennifer battaglia November 07, 2012 at 03:37 AM
My comment is for year round residents, owners and taxpayers of the barrier islands only. Not the sanctimonious pompous people who have not experienced being barred from their homes and could never understand our situation until they live it down the last detail. I have contacted a lawyer from Red Bank and am emailing him a chronological detailed history of the series of events since the storm. From that he is going to determine if a class action lawsuit can be filed. If the answer is yes he is willing to take it on. At that point we would need at least 3000 people joining us. If anyone would like to join our fight please email Nick at nickdetoronto@rocketmail.com
jennifer battaglia November 07, 2012 at 04:17 AM
My comments are only for the year round residents and taxpayers of the barrier islands and not for the sanctimonios pompous people who are not experiencing being barred from their home as they read this. I have contacted a lawyer in Red Bank. I am provideing him with a chronological timeline of this past week for him to look over to decide if a class action lawsuit can be filed and has expressed interest in taking it on. If anyone is interested in info please email nicckdetoronto@rocketmail.com.
Tom Gibb November 07, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Unfortunately most of the "Dover Township Croud" (which I also like to be called rather then "Toms River") does not vote. We are just a cash cow for Toms River.I would like nothing better then to see all the good people of "The Barrier Island" that are currently under the reign of Toms River be able to form our own town and say "Good Bye" to the dairy farmers on the main land.
~Barb~ November 07, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Tom, it's one thing to express your disdain for the local government, but making condescending remarks about "mainlanders" is uncalled for. Many of us are hosting and feeding barrier island evacuees.
Anita Guidice November 07, 2012 at 07:33 PM
How are the people of Ortley Beach who are year round residents going to find out when were allowed to go for our belongings. Where do we sign up??????
suz November 07, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Go take a look on YouTube for Ortley. Maybe that will answer your question.
chris foster November 07, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Has anyone heard about gettin to seaside hts? And for the person who said cuz u can get to pelican island without goin on 35 u can get into seaside without 35 also. WE NEED OUR BELONGINGS!!!!!

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