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Sandy-Damaged Cars No Longer Permitted to Be Brought to Johnson's Pit Site

Mayor says site looks 'like a parking lot.'

According to an agreement between Barnegat Holdings LLC and Barnegat Township, Sandy-damaged cars will no longer be brought onto the Johnson's Pit area.

Township Administrator David Breeden told those in attendance at the committee meeting Monday that as of Dec. 8, vehicles were no longer allowed to be brought to the site.

"It's like a parking lot at a stadium out there," Mayor Al Cirulli said in remarks to the town.

After initiating legal action last week against the property owners, Breeden said, the two parties came up with terms of a consent order, which are still being finalized. The terms specify that the:

  • insurance company and property owner would no longer accept any cars after Dec. 8,
  • property owner and insurance company will allow township access to the site at any time,
  • property owner would provide the township, a phase 1 environmental study and that Barnegat Holding would be responsible for all remediation of the site,
  • that all relevant documents relating to car operation would be available to the township
  • and that all vehicles would be removed by Sept. 13

Cirulli said the cars are slated to be sold by auction, but he said, it will likely take months. "I really don't see this stuff being cleaned out for nine months."

One of the township residents that complained about the cars, Toni Carrea, said she "appreciated" the work that has been done, but she said she was frustrated that the cars were still there, and would likely remain there for some time.

Drivingtoofar December 19, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Due to the devastating nature of the storm; isnt a temporary storage site okay? Granted, it shouldnot become the new business, but this is the first article I have read post sandy that has been about complaints for disaster relief.
greg signore December 19, 2012 at 01:18 PM
5000 cars till sept 13 mission accomplished by our crack legal team. I guess it pays to have the right lawyer.
Sal Sorce December 19, 2012 at 05:09 PM
In so many area towns, the regular citizens will receive deep fines for less than what was done at this location ... environmental issues have been violated for over 40- plus years ... greg ... you are right ... have an Ocean County lawyer ... how transparent was the dealing ... or was this handled by the exiting GOP leaders ... remediation of so many areas are bogus and never get done ... how about the Shoreline debacle ??? Barnegat sits by and does little to nothing while the deep pocket developers and their lawyers make these back door deals ... OH YEAH DON'T WORRY PUT THEM THERE ... WE CAN TAKE CARE OF THE ISSUE WHEN AND IF EVER THE SLEEP TOWN RESIDENTS WAKE UP???
Larry Cataldo December 19, 2012 at 06:49 PM
The EPA seems to wa t it both ways, is the pines protected or not?
tom e gunn December 28, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Here is a video shot December 27 after the rainfall of Dec. 26. This shows lakes in the area that will have to be drained. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kp06YojN_ZI

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