Barnegat Planning Suit Over Vehicle Storage

Lawsuit follows letter from Pinelands Commission to Barnegat Holdings LLC.

Barnegat Township officials plan to file a lawsuit this week to stop the managers of the Johnson's Pit area - Barnegat Holdings LLC - from storing what some in the township have reported as "thousands of cars" that were damaged during Sandy.

"We've been authorized to start a lawsuit in Superior Court," Township Attorney Jerry Dasti said at the committee meeting on Monday night. "Hopefully Superior Court in Toms River has a little more muscle with them than our code enforcement officer."

Charles Horner, an assistant executive director at the Pinelands Commission  wrote a letter to owners of the Barnegat property, last Friday, noting that storing the vehicles there is not permitted because it is considered Pinelands Forested Area. Further, the letter notes, storing the vehicles there constitutes a commercial use, and requires permission from Barnegat, the DEP, and the Pinelands Commission.

Township Committee members said at the meeting that the owners did not secure any approval before using the site to store the damaged vehicles.

Mayor Al Cirulli cited the letter from the Pinelands Commission, and expressed frustration with the situation.

"We will do everything short of breaking the law to stop this immediately," Cirulli said.

Barnegat resident Toni Carrea said at the committee meeting that she personally witnessed vehicles being brought to the site on trucks, and she urged the committee to post police near the property road to deter the owners from continuing the practice.


Josie noman December 05, 2012 at 10:55 AM
If this is helping clear the areas so work can be done to restore places damaged by Sandy and located a distance from homes what is the issue? Just another way towns are looking to add more revenue? The land is vacant with no current use what is the harm?
H. Martin Grasmeder December 05, 2012 at 12:32 PM
I see no harm to the Pinelands from this temporary storage of damaged vehicles. If the shore communities can rally to the clearing of the coastline streets, then the commission should not throw up roadblocks. They should look for a committment from the Company when the vehicles will be removed or scrapped. Martin Grasmeder, .
Ray December 05, 2012 at 01:29 PM
The only one that wins is the Dasti Law firm who get paid to sue. No wonder Cirulli and Melchiondi got beat in a landslide. They waste money on frivilous lawsuits. The turf field on Lower Shore Rd.is another example. Using open space funds to finance a used turf field that is ruined before it is put down.
tired December 05, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Does anyone know who Barnett holdings I'd I do they give tp this town always trust me for years I have watched them come to there office for handouts and it makes me sick cirulli makes me lol when we have projects not finished and here we go we start another lawsuit stop spending money we. Don't have you parasite
tired December 05, 2012 at 02:22 PM
sorry barnegat holdings
Taxpayer December 05, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Way to go Barnegat!!! Keep wasting tax payer dollars!
Sal Sorce December 05, 2012 at 03:38 PM
This is the result of the arrogance of the Ocean County GOP Political Machine. It would be assumed the owners may have advised the township officials that they planned to put these some thousands of vehicles on the site ... with so many not in town for the winter (snow birds), the move was moved on figuring no one would know what was going on ... power and greed ... agree law firms do benefit that is historic in Ocean County ... Barnegat has to look at Scarinci & Hollenbeck for legal services ... they are out of the connected area ... Guessing a waiver maneuver will be created ... no harm no foul ...
wookfish December 05, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Toni Carrea must be a tree hugger
tired December 05, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Hey Sal I'm sure the company was helping out being that we r so limited in space besides that site hasn't been used in years but the taxes r paid right so who is really benefiting them or the town and for that woman Toni must be a true tree hugger
Sal Sorce December 05, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Laws in Ocean County under GOP management are written to be broken ... how can such a dumb plan be allowed by any legal company? Surely a permit would have been allowed if a simple request was done ... call Christie he's well connected to Ocean County ... it was the nearly 30,000 that put over the top ... post election G. Gilmore APPress comment. Do not give us that tree hugger crap ... developers have been allowed to cut down trees and build within a zero set-back fire wall ... that cost Barnegat big a few years ago. Sad that folks want to convert a great area into what they left behind ...well you are doing a good job of it ... developers. law firms, engineering firms all not to mention who else has benefited ... enjoying your rising property taxes ???
tired December 05, 2012 at 09:14 PM
There's Sal whining again man how long have you lived in this town Sal tell me are you one of the original families yes or no
Rosehilldied December 06, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Sal is a birdsall
Ray December 06, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Dasti is on his way out in Barnegat after January 1, So, the defeated gave him a going away present by suing a company instead of easily settling the problem through negotiation.
Josie noman December 06, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Makes sense now another crooked engineering firm. Right up there with the old Schoor DePalma and Berkeley Township. What goes around comes around!
Mike Howard December 07, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Over looked from this same Township meeting is the Barnegat Mayor tried to give a 5 year contract to his friend and neighbor before he leaves office. Shame on you Al. Now you can see why you were crushed at the polls. Taxpayers, show up at the next meeting and tell the to be EX- mayor, no more of your deals before you leave office.
Jon Davis December 16, 2012 at 04:40 PM
a few years back I used to take for granted storage.... just parking the car in my fathers barn, sometimes I go so far as to cover it with a tarp. But I learned the hard way as corrosion got the underbelly pretty bad and had a mouse problem in the interior...all in the same winter! found this to help also... http://www.thinkinsure.ca/car-auto-insurance-tips/Insurance-and-Winter-Storage-Tips-for-your-Classic-Car-in-Ontario.html Jon D.
Wookfishisaloser January 15, 2013 at 02:02 PM
And you must be a loser...
ToniC January 16, 2013 at 01:24 AM
Let me get this straight: IAA, a multi-million dollar company FROM THE MID-WEST, comes to your community, breaks the law, defiantly continues to operate after being issued several violations from state agencies and the best you can do is make political accusations and call names? I think your energy would be better spent educating yourself about the issues. Obviously you don't know the whole story
dolores highet January 16, 2013 at 08:57 PM
I think a temporary permit shouls allow for this land use. The cars have to be stored somewhere until they can be destroyed or salvaged for parts. And yes. I am a tree hugger. But common sense should prevail. What happened to working together to clean up Sandy's mess?
ToniC January 18, 2013 at 12:55 AM
I'm all for working together. That's why IAA should be following township regulations to store the cars. It's never a good idea to solve one problem by creating another.
Rick January 18, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Sal doesn't live in Barnegat. He lives in Manahawkin but thinks he should give advise to Barnegat residents and politicians.
wookfish February 10, 2013 at 09:50 AM
nice Larry, a new name
MarkSindone April 11, 2013 at 03:44 AM
This is ridiculous and I wonder if this was resolved since December. There was also one incident at the self storage in Northern Beaches, wherein we noticed that one of the clients was using the storage facility for something that he has not registered with us. He would go back once a week to store and get something from the unit, and because of this unusual activity, we thought of checking it out for security and safety reasons. Apparently, he was doing an underground business, which we could not openly discuss out here. Now, the point is that for those who want to engage on storage, though it your private life that you are attending to, it is best to work with the storage facility and declare accordingly. Otherwise, you will get into trouble.


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