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"Grab and Go" on LBI Winds Down

Home caretaking companies now allowed on island to secure homes.

After removing the checkpoint at Route 72 for people going to Long Beach Island, traffic subsided, and many residents of LBI got their first glimpse of their homes since Sandy.

"When I first saw LBI and the Boulevard, it didn't look that bad," according to one eyewitness. "But as you get further south on the island, it looks like a warzone."

Long Beach Island emergency management officials this morning started a "grab and go" system to enable people to pick up needed items such as checkbooks, medication, legal documents and similar items.

Law enforcement members patrolled the island, to keep people from "sightseeing."

Long Beach Township Mayor Joseph Mancini and other officials noted the "grab and go" was being tightly controlled, and "sightseeing" of the island was not be allowed, but, some gawkers could be seen trying to snap photos of teh ocean. 

Dumpsters were available around the island. Township officials asked  people to use the dumpsters to clean out their refrigerators of perishable items.

Since there is no electric, water, or sewer service in some parts of the island, residents of Holgate and North Beach were not allowed to "grab and go." "We also have to be first concerned with people's safety and the safety of the personnel who will be protecting them," said Surf City Councilman Peter Hartney.

Monday is the only time currently scheduled for people to access the island as officials are keeping a wary eye on a potential nor'easter storm that could strike the area mid week. 

But, island officials noted, they are allowing New Jersey State Licensed Plumbers and Electricians, and registered builders and home caretaking companies to come on the island to secure homes (shut off utilities and winterize homes). 

All plumbers, electricians and home caretaking companies should have documentation (work order or other proof of work) that allows them to be on propert, according to township officials.

Homeowners should contact their respective contractors and make sure they have proper documentation. All plumbers, electricians and home caretaking companies that will be working within the Joint Emergency Operation Towns (Long Beach Township, Ship Bottom, Harvey Cedars, and Barnegat Light) are to report to the Long Beach Township Municipal Complex where they will be registered and issued a contractors pass.

Mancini and other island officials are warning people that the island is still under unsafe conditions, with no potable water and debris littering the island. 

Mattie November 05, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Oh for christsakes... pretend it's 4th of July weekend and you're heading to the beach for vacation. Not unusual to sit in traffic during the summer, so Stop complaining and GTFOI. What is it about Total Devastation and State of Emergency do you whiners NOT understand??
Mattie November 05, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Those are the things you are supposed to grab when you evacuate..... medications, the strongbox with all your important papers and insurance policies. We all had several days warning this storm was on its way. It was a hurricane, not a tornado that struck within minutes... I also don't think you understand how dangerous it could be to just let residents back on the island(s) without traffic lights, stop signs, and still tons (literally TONS) of sand and debris in the roads... if the road is even still there! Honestly, I hate to break it to you all... but you may not even have a house left to get into.
JefeDeJefe November 05, 2012 at 03:36 PM
"Besides people should use their time to do what you suggest and evaluate and document their properties' condition" Would love to do just that but my house is in Holgate. We know there's a door blown out so the damage continues to build. Perhaps it would have better for the seat in the National Guard vehicle to go to a resident who needs to secure property rather than a reporter seeking a by-line.
Mattie November 05, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Thank you.... I can't understand why people don't get that. There are sections of roadway along the ocean front from Seaside Park north to who knows where, (Normany Beach? Belmar?) that were completely washed away and/or covered with thousands of tons of sand. Allowing people back into those areas needs to be done carefully and with as little chaos as possible.
suz November 05, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Well said Mattie.
Chief Wahoo November 05, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Make sure you all grab your checkbooks so you can pay the property taxes to pay the salaries to all the entitled public employees who think they are smarter and better than you.
john November 05, 2012 at 04:55 PM
i d really hate to see the behavior and lack of understanding of people come a bigger disaster in this state...... saw so many sight seeing day after the storm.... conserve gas, conserve all your resources...... ! !
Beachie Girl November 05, 2012 at 05:17 PM
"The island will be open most of the day for owners and tenants." Yeah, MOST of the day -- as in you can only get on from 7 AM to Noon. The idea that we're all a bunch of teenage thrill-seeking sightseers is just ludicrous. We're all homeowners who want to get on and see what happened to OUR property that WE'RE RESPONSIBLE FOR. Time to give us grown-up responsible adults more credit!
votersaredumb November 05, 2012 at 05:24 PM
what about boat owners who stayed on their boats in the summer ? When can we get in to get out boats & assess damage/adjusters
Beachie Girl November 05, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Pretty obvious you don't own a home on the island. Did you look at the photo? Do you know just how far off the island that line of traffic stretches? LBI homeowners know better than to sit in traffic on 4th of July weekend, we come at off hours. And even when I've had no other choice, I've NEVER been in a jam-up that stretches all the way back to the single lane of Rte 72. That total devastation at MY HOME is MY RESPONSIBLITY to clean up, fix up, and eventually live in again. It's up to me to document my property and my losses. It's up to me to prep my home for the coming storm. It's up to me to prep my home fo the winter. And it will be up to me to go through all the stress and hard work to get it repaired and livable again. Nobody's whining, and nobody wants to sightsee. We just want access to our property to protect it as best we can and salvage what we can. The longer it takes us to do that, the more money it costs the government and the insurance companies. And that translates into higher costs for all of us. I used to work for a utility company. I know what those workers are going through. I have relatives that are first responders. I know how difficult this is on them. However long it takes is however long it takes to do the job right. But there's no need to treat legal homeowners like stupid children.
MarLou November 05, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Yes. Homeowers only even if you are only a summer resident. Must have proof of ownership or a pass issued by the respective townships to keep in your car in the event of an evacuation. You should already have had one. If not, proper ID and a tax record proving ownership.
MarLou November 05, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Just learned that Warwick Ave. in Harvey Cedars is practically untouched. A few minor damages and lots of debris, but houses are standing and in good shape. thank you HC for putting in those humongous dunes 2 years ago. You saved us.
jennifer battaglia November 05, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Beachie girl thank you for adressing the sanctimonious, pompous and downright rude comments of Mattie who apparently has no worries and no vested interest in what you people are going through. It seems as though the year round residents and taxpayers of Seaside Heights have found an ally in the residents of LBI as we are all going through this compounded angst, anxiety and stress of not being able to protect our owned properties. Seaside Height residents are with you LBI residents. It is ignorant for Mattie at a time like this to add even more anxiety by talking as if her opinion is fact. Good Luck & God BLess.
Mancini Sucks November 05, 2012 at 06:35 PM
I tried to get on the island today, sat in traffic for hours and did not move. Our public officials need to get thier heads out of thier asses, to think that you can open up 1 lane of traffic for 5 hours and get everyone that owns a house back on the island. Hey Mancini, grab this.
Flygrl November 05, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Is meeting at Holiday Inn for barrier island still on at 7pm?
suz November 05, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Beachie Girl, I currently have two family members living with me who "lived" a normal life on the barrier island also. I KNOW the horrible circumstance that this is...One of the homes was completely destroyed. Never once did I hear one single complaint from either of these people. They are thankful for getting out alive and well. Thank God for what you have and not what you lost.
suz November 05, 2012 at 08:04 PM
I have two relatives with me who "lived" on the barrier island. Sorry, but never once did either say "what about me?" and one lost everything...house, cars, bikes and belongings. I feel your pain, but be thankful for what you have NOW! I wish you the best and hope you get thru this okay.
Mattie November 05, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Beachie, I completely realize what people have lost and the ordeal they still need to go through concerning this storm and living over on the barrier islands. I have family members who have lost EVERYTHING. Some of them are now living with me! My post was simply reminding people that there is a reason for allowing only so many people back on the island for short periods of time right now. First people were complaining because they weren't allowed in, now they're complaining because traffic is heavy and moving slowly?? Really? I say to them all, give it a rest already. Be thankful you have a home to get back to and pick through. Many MANY people don't. Also this isn't some personal vendetta to make YOUR life miserable... don't YOU realize that there are large sections of the islands where the roads were completely washed away? You act like all they needed to do was direct a little traffic and everyone would be just fine and dandy rushing back in there to grab the "important" stuff they should have taken with them the first time they left! You would probably be the first one complaining if something happened to you while you were trying to get back into your neighborhood or home and they didn't "protect" you from it. I don't think YOU realize what most of you are so anxious to run back into... a war zone like situation.
Beachie Girl November 05, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Suz -- I'm not asking "what about me?" I'm not asking for any handouts or any freebies. I'm just asking for what I think is my right. And that is access to my property to assess the damage and begin the process necessary to move forward. Being thankful for what I have (I am, believe me) and wanting access to see what I've lost are 2 different things. There's a mountain of paperwork and red tape ahead of all of us. I can't believe your 2 relatives don't want the same things. I'm sure they want to get on the island and see if there's anything to be saved. Wishing them all the best.
MarLou November 05, 2012 at 09:22 PM
to Jennifer and Beachie girl: you both misinterpreted what Mattie had to say. I got it, Mattie (and no I don't know her). All she was saying was that people have not right to complain because they have to wait in line to get back to their homes that are standing when so many have none to go back to. She was chastising the "whiners", and rightfully so.
Klm1905 November 05, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Ok wait a minute, you all want access to your property which I understand and agree with you completely. But does ANYONE here who is complaining about the access think that maybe they are limiting it because it isn't SAFE? The fact they have to plow sand off the roads is a small hint. YOUR safety is the concern of the officials as they don't need idiots rushing into an area and then getting hurt. We all know you want to begin the repair process. But patience here is needed and to be rude to those who are only doing their jobs, which is to protect YOU, is silly. Come on people, work together!
MarLou November 05, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Right on, Kim. Those of us who survived this storm with our lives and houses intact need to be so grateful and supportive of the authorities (fireman, police, etc) who are trying their best to get us back to our properties and keep us safe. Let's remember that they, too, are not home with their own families and may have suffered loss as well. We all need to work together, give whatever we can and support all those in our path.
Beachie Girl November 05, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Mattie -- no reason to be snotty. You've put words in my mouth and ascribed opinions to me that I never said. I DO know what I'm going back into. I've been going to LBI since the mid 50s and have seen many storms and destruction there. This is the first time I've been treated like a second class citizen and as if I was too stupid to stay away from a live power line or avoid a section of road that was overrun with sand. They only have the sections of the island open that have been deemed "safe", so I don't need someone to protect me from what is common sense. It was island government that dubbed today's visit a "Grab and Go", not the homeowners. Your assumption that folks didn't take important papers and medication with them when they left is wrong-headed, as are many of your comments. Because I am lucky enough to have seen my house still standing in an aerial video doesn't mean that I didn't lose the contents to water damage. I don't think safe and timely access is too much to ask for. And an expectation that every other homeowner from LBI wants the same thing. For you or anyone else to assume that these comments mean I am ungrateful to first responders or that I'm an "idiot" rushing back to the island is also rude and inappropriate. I wish you and your family members good luck and a safe winter.
Big Wazool November 05, 2012 at 11:39 PM
I am a year round resident in Surf City and my home sustained no damage, yes we are blessed. But and it's a big but, there is no directive about housing. Do we rent something for short term? How long. We are ready to do it, but at least tell us. We need a roof over our heads. Surf City has been very lax in communications.
Mattie November 05, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Exactly right Kim. I tried to say the same thing.... but I guess some people are just Me-Me-Me people. It's just all about them 24/7.
DeCarlo Generator November 06, 2012 at 12:59 AM
My question is my parents live in beach haven gardens and stayed during the storm and are still on the island they never left. My ID doesn't have a LBI address can I get access to the island and take out stuff for them, and/or bring things to them like a propane generator?
suz November 06, 2012 at 02:37 AM
beachie, we are all stressed out. Words sometimes relay the wrong messages. I too wish you the best of luck with what you find...
Capt Jacobsen Mey November 06, 2012 at 03:19 AM
The most accurate info has been on these sites for those seeking info about the LBI homes, towns, etc: http://thesandpaper.villagesoup.com/ www.nixle.com lbieoc.org Those have had the best INFORMATION over most other news outlets with direct info for LBI only. This is a trying situation for ALL home owners, business owners, Police, Military, Fire, EMS, Govt Officials, Local Town Comittees AND each Utility Company involved. Everyone is under severe duress, stress, anxiety and rampant emotions. PLEASE folks, stop the bickering and "post wars", seriously, isn't there enough going on for all, than having to come on here and fighting?? GIVE the Authorities the time to get things in order for YOUR SAFTEY. Do any of you sincerely think they want to keep ANY of you from your properties, businesses or boats, etc?? The extent of the damages is extreme, infrastructure was in some instances, destroyed. The resources are limited at this time as well - remember, LBI was not the only shore area affected by Sandy. Therefore, the resources necessary to get things in order for YOUR SAFETY commends PATIENCE. The entire situation is one that has had a tremendous impact on multiple locations. So, please think about those working double and triple shifts to help clear debris, work infrastructure issues, and who are trying their best to also meet YOUR needs so you all can get to your properties SAFELY....C'mon now folks, band together, NOT against each other.
Steve Cafiero November 06, 2012 at 10:03 PM
With what law is access to our property being restricted? I keep asking this question, and no official can answer it, because there is none. Monday proved there are large areas of the island SAFE! The storm is OVER! We just want to secure OUR property.
smokey the bear November 06, 2012 at 10:26 PM
I too am a year round resident of Surf City and wish to echo the comments of Big Wazoo. I have the capability of heating my home with either propane or electric in the absence of natural gas. The folks who disregarded the orders of the governor and emergency management officials on the island and county, are not being evicted, regardless of current conditions; some Surf City officials and their families who live in the boro continue living in the "unsafe conditions". There cannot be two standards. The conditions are either safe for no one, or safe for everyone. Seeing this creates additional anxiety for frustrated full time residents. We are denied the right to live in our house by those that continue to live in theirs when the prevailing conditions are the same. Should there ever be a next time, the unintended consequence of these actions will be evident in that more people will disregard the "mandatory evacuation order", because they dont want to be denied access to THEIR property. Full time residents have no where to go as this is our home also. Consideration should be given to allowing full time residents access to their homes to regain some normalcy.

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