Monday, May 13, 2013
The Jet Star roller coaster that was submerged in the ocean due to Hurricane Sandy will be removed following Prince Harry's visit to the Jersey Shore Tuesday
The Seaside Heights roller coaster that was submerged in the Atlantic Ocean due to Superstorm Sandy will be removed this week, according to NBC 4 New York. The Jet Star coaster will be removed by demolition crews with contractor Weeks Marine following Prince Harry’s visit to Seaside Heights Tuesday, NBC 4 New York reported. Weeks Marine crews will be using both barges in the water and on-shore equipment to remove the rollercoaster, NBC 4 New York said. The removal will be completed within 48 hours. A portion of the Jet Star will be saved for a memorial on the new Casino Pier, which will be completed sometime next year. Prince Harry will be visiting Mantoloking and Seaside Heights on Tuesday May 14 to survey damage from Superstorm Sandy.
Senate bill 2601 would also allow the county to exercise the power of eminent domain in order to erect dunes to protect lands, property and facilities near the beaches
The Ocean County Freeholders oppose a Senate bill that, if approved, would permit counties to take over the operation of beaches within its jurisdiction. A resolution stating that Ocean County would be “actively impacted” by this legislation was unanimously passed at a Freeholders meeting May 1. “If Ocean County were to take over and maintain the 44 miles of just oceanfront beaches in Ocean County, it would not only be cost prohibitive but would also require taxpayers who don’t use the beaches to pay for them,” Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari said. The bill (S2601, A3891), sponsored by Sen. Bob Smith and Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer, would authorize any county of the fifth or six class — Atlantic, Monmouth, Ocean and Cape May — to assume …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
"Discrepancies" were found in some of the charges submitted by AshBritt, the debris removal firm contracted by the state after Superstorm Sandy
AshBritt, Inc., the firm hired by the state to haul debris after Superstorm Sandy, benefited from an “ambiguous” contract that resulted in at least tens of thousands in extra charges, according to a report released on Wednesday. Ocean County Administrator Carl Block handed the Freeholders a thick report at Wednesday’s pre-board meeting. The report, done by state-hired monitor The Louis Berger Group, Inc., reviews the mileage billed to Ocean County by AshBritt. “The director contacted me after some articles had been written about the clean up efforts,” Block said. Freeholder Director John P. Kelly had asked for a report to be done breaking down the process of debris hauling as well as the charges in relation to distance. “Discrepancies” had…
The Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project will be hosting a beach restoration day in LBI May 11.
In an effort to keep the Jersey Shore “barefoot friendly,” volunteers will be participating in the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project on Long Beach Island Saturday, May 11. The Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project, now in its seventh year, helps restore beaches, rivers and lakes across the country, according to a news release. This year, the Barefoot Wine and Surfrider Foundation is embarking on a tour of 15 cleanups nationwide, including Long Beach Island in an effort to restore public beaches from Hurricane Sandy. Community volunteers are welcomed to help with the LBI beach restoration. Meet at the Municipal Building, located at 6805 Long Beach Blvd., in Long Beach from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cleanup will be followed by a Surfrider-hosted …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Beach communities are inviting visitors back this summer, but even as they continue to rebuild they face misconceptions about lingering destruction.
It’s an enduring image of Hurricane Sandy’s destruction of the Jersey Shore and its coastal communities. The Jet Star roller coaster, rising out of its saltwater foundation, is a representation of the sheer force of nature, one seen in publications around the world in the immediate aftermath of the storm. Every day the ride has spent in the Atlantic Ocean since is a reality of just how long recovery can actually take. Eventually it will be removed, and likely soon, but what it represents, like every tattered boardwalk, every crushed house, and flooded business, is likely to linger much longer. And it's what the Jersey Shore, and the people trying to maintain its tourism appeal, are fighting against. As New Jersey’s beach towns ready …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Security will be tight, however, report says
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Tuesday, May 7
Britain's Prince Harry will visit Mantoloking and Seaside Heights during a May 14 visit to New Jersey to survey damage from Superstorm Sandy, a report from The Associated Press said Monday. Mantoloking Mayor George Nebel said Gov. Christie will accompany the prince on a brief walk down Barnegat Lane – which runs along Barnegat Bay – and then head to Seaside Heights, according to the report. Security will be tight and local residents will most likely not be able to see the prince, the news organization reported. Christie's office told Patch Monday that the details of the prince's visit were being handled by the British consulate in New York City. Patch contacted and left a message with the consulate's press office on the matter. Christie, …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Stacy Lewis donated $20,000 to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Southern Branch in the days following the storm.
In the days following Superstorm Sandy, the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Southern Chapter received many donations, but few were bigger than the one from professional golfer Stacy Lewis. Lewis quietly contributed $20,000 to the food bank, based in Egg Harbor Township. On Monday, May 6, the Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce showed its appreciation for her in a public way. Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce Chairman Sam Young presented Lewis with the a Community Hero Award for her contribution. Galloway Councilwoman Whitney Ullman and Councilman Jim McElwee presented Lewis with a plaque declaring May 6 “Stacy Lewis Day.” “She stepped up and we truly appreciate it,” Young said during Monday’s Media Day for this year’s ShopRite LPGA …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
The funding will be used to pay back portions of expenditures incurred as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded more than $15 million in federal Public Assistance grants for shore communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy in a latest round of funding, according to a release from Gov. Chris Christie's office. The aid will be used to reimburse municipalities and counties for costs incurred in the aftermath of the late-October storm, whether that be for rescue efforts, cleanup, or reconstruction. The more than $15 million in grant funding has been awarded to Seaside Heights, Point Pleasant Beach, Monmouth County, Middlesex County, and Woodbridge Township. Monmouth County will receive federal funding to reimburse the Sheriff's Department, which supplied security at shelters following Sandy and performed…
Friday, May 3, 2013
It is estimated that $940,000 in federal funds from CDBG and HOME programs will be dispersed to Ocean County municipalities and public agencies in 2013
Ocean County expects to distribute approximately $200,000 for Superstorm Sandy relief and recovery. The freeholders authorized the submission and execution of the county's Fiscal Year 2013 Action Plan Wednesday. The plan outlines recommended municipal projects and how funding will be allocated through the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and how HOME programs will be distributed. It is estimated that $940,000 in federal funds will be dispersed to the county's municipalities and public agencies for housing rehabilitation and municipal and public service projects, a news release from the county said. “Many great projects have resulted from the distribution of these funds,” said Freeholder Gerry P. Little, liaison to the …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Grant funding will be used to improve drinking water and wastewater facilities damaged during Hurricane Sandy.
New Jersey will receive $229 million in grant funding to help upgrade wastewater and drinking water treatment facilities in communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday. As a result of the late-October storm, wastewater and drinking water treatment systems in parts of New Jersey were so severely damaged that some could not provide safe drinking water or treat raw sewage. The funding announced today will give states the capacity to further reduce risks of flood damage and increase the resiliency of wastewater and drinking water facilities to withstand the effects of severe storms similar to Sandy, according to a release. The funding is part of the Sandy relief package approved by …