Restoring/Rebuilding Information (News)
7/8 NJ Supreme Court overturns award in dunes case– New Jersey’s top court says the decision to award $375,000 to an elderly Long Beach Island couple for ocean views that were lost when a protective sand dune was built was unjustified. The court says a new trial is needed at which the protective benefits of the dune need to be weighed against the value of the lost ocean views when calculating the entire market value of the property. In the original trial, the jury was instructed to only consider whether the lost views were worth money, and not whether the added protection was worth anything. The Harvey Cedars home at the center of the case, belonging to Harvey and Phyllis Karan, survived Superstorm Sandy last October. Read more here.
6/17 Areas of New Jersey get new version of flood map- Federal authorities have released new versions of flood zone maps, which could bring relief to some property owners.The draft maps were published Sunday for Atlantic, Ocean, Monmouth and Hudson Counties. Those are the areas that were hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy last year. Type your address on this site and check yours http://bit.ly/UTVkFw.
6/14 FEMA removes almost half of Ocean homes from high-risk flood zone– Joseph Mancini, mayor of Long Beach Township, said 90 to 95 percent of the V zones on the bayside of Long Beach Island have been removed from the new maps. In December, some 16,000 homes within a 20-mile radius of Brant Beach were given V zone designation under the Advisory Base Flood Elevations, where there were none before, he said. “I’d say only 500 to 1,000 of those homes are still in V zones” under the new maps, he said. Read more here.
6/14 New Flood Maps Will Be Released Monday With Scaled Back ‘V’ Zones-Advisory maps were released in December and adopted by New Jersey, but preliminary working maps – normally the last round of the maps before the final versions are released – are due out Monday for Atlantic, Ocean, Monmouth and Hudson counties. The new maps will scale back the number of homes in ‘V,’ or velocity, flood zones, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) said in a statement released Thursday afternoon. Read more here.
5/23 Tax relief proposed for victims of Hurricane Sandy– A bipartisan group of House members from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut said Thursday they will revive an effort to enact temporary tax relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy. And possible congressional action to help Oklahoma tornado victims could provide the lawmakers with a legislative vehicle. Among their proposals: Homeowners within the Sandy disaster area could avoid tax penalties for withdrawals from their IRAs or 401k retirement plans if the money is repaid within three years. That would free up cash for rebuilding. Read more here.
5/29 Homeowners Can Apply Now for Disaster Recovery Funds to Assist in Elevating Their Homes– At the start of the Memorial Day weekend, on Friday, May 24, the Christie administration launched the reNew Jersey Stronger housing assistance initiative to assist homeowners impacted by Superstorm Sandy. Eligible homeowners can apply for grant assistance at renewjerseystronger.org or by calling 1-855-SANDYHM (1-855-726-3946). The grants are designed to encourage homeowners to resettle in their primary residences and help them reconstruct, rehabilitate, elevate and mitigate their homes. Read more here.
5/25 Gov Christie Visits Surf City– “LBI, baby!” exclaimed the governor to the thrill of the crowd. The governor said he was “happy to be back!” on LBI nearly seven months after Sandy, adding, “It’s a lot different today than it was seven months ago, and I’m really glad for that. The folks here have been incredibly resilient and cooperative. All we need now is the weather to cooperate and everything will be fine.” Christie also shared his first memory of visiting LBI. “It goes all the way back to when I was a teenager here and I had a friend whose parents owned a house here. That was a long time ago. First time I was on LBI, I think I was 14, and it was in Harvey Cedars.” Later, inside, Christie would comment on his experience with Long Beach Island beaches. ““I’ve been to them all. All up and down LBI, the beaches are great.” Read more here and see me standing on a bench in my LBI is Alive hoodie
5/25 After Superstorm Sandy: Jersey Shore ‘open for business’– “[The media] always show that damn roller coaster in the water … but we’re not Seaside Heights, although our hearts go out to them,” said Mr. Mancini. “We’re really back to normal. There’s only been one business that closed.” Helping spread that word that “LBI is Alive” is the website lbiisalive.com, the brainchild of Pat Sepanak, owner of Sand Dollar Real Estate in Surf City on Long Beach Island, and her daughter, Sam, a December marketing graduate of Penn State University. Read more here.
5/23 Bipartisan Coalition Introduces Hurricane Sandy Tax Relief– This press release was emailed to me, but I found a copy online. The legislation will complement the federal government’s relief and recovery efforts by providing additional tax relief to businesses, individuals and municipalities affected by Hurricane Sandy, including…Look-back Provision for Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit…Allowing businesses to expense the cost of disaster recovery…A new state-by-state private activity bond allocation for Sandy-affected areas to rebuild docks and wharfs, commuting facilities, certain housing, water, sewage, and solid waste infrastructure, and facilities used to provide electric energy or gas… Waiver of certain mortgage revenue bond requirements, easing access to capital.
5/15 Army Corps to Begin Restoring Beaches in Surf City, Harvey Cedars and Brant Beach Later This Month-Long Beach Township Mayor Joseph Mancini does not expect the project will be overly intrusive to beachgoers. “In the job specs, the Army Corps says they will only close a couple blocks of beach at a time” during the project. “And if need be, Long Beach Township will provide a bus between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.” for any individuals who desire transport to a different section of beach. Rochette confirmed that the contractor will likely close just two- to three-block sections of beach as work progresses. Read more here.
5/9 Flood map updates could move homes out of most vulnerable flood zone-Arriving at municipalities later this month, the “working maps” will offer a more refined sense of New Jersey’s flood readiness, which was glimpsed in December when FEMA released its advisory base flood elevations, according to FEMA spokesman Darrell Habisch. The previously released advisory elevations called for thousands of coastal homes to be built several feet higher, and greatly expanded the areas of the “V” zones, waterfront areas that require buildings to stand on pilings. Read more here.
5/1 How to apply for a Stronger NJ Business Grant– With a focus on the most impacted communities throughout the state, New Jersey is offering aid through grants and forgivable loans to New Jersey small business or non-profit organization which sustained a minimum of $5,000 in physical damage from Superstorm Sandy. Eligible small businesses and non-profits may apply for grants and forgivable loans of up to $50,000 per impacted location. If an entity has multiple locations in New Jersey incorporated under a single federal tax identification or employer identification (EIN) number, it may receive up to $250,000 per entity and it may use one application to seek funds for all incorporated, impacted locations. More info here.
5/1 Long Beach Island Rebuilding– Click here for video.
4/30 Christie presses LBI residents to sign easements to allow dunes– “The deadline for easements is tomorrow so I am going to have great goodwill and optimism until tomorrow,” Christie said after a Loveladies resident raised the issue. Read more here.
4/30 Businesses Can Apply for Sandy Recovery Grants Tomorrow– Business will be able to apply tomorrow for Superstorm Sandy recovery grants at the website of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), the NJEDA announced at its meeting this afternoon. Small businesses and nonprofits struck by the storm are eligible for the grants of up to $50,000 to be used toward working capital or new construction. Read more here.
4/29 SECRETARY DONOVAN AND GOVERNOR CHRISTIE ANNOUNCE APPROVAL OF NEW JERSEY’S DISASTER RECOVERY PLAN– Donovan, who also chairs President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, said today’s approval will allow the State to begin the long-term process of rebuilding damaged housing, restoring infrastructure, and stimulating business activity and job growth. Read the rest of the press release here.
4/28 The time is short for Shore protection– Hey buddy, is this your sand? Well, come get it the heck out of my house!…That case is on appeal to the state Supreme Court, but developments on the island are already outpacing it, said Mancini. Many of the homeowners who were holding out in hopes of a big cash judgment recently found themselves looking at the other side of a legal judgment. Read the rest here.
4/25 FEMA Officials Discuss Flood Insurance at Surf City Library-“They were very helpful. And I was surprised how much information the website gives that a lot of people really need to know,” said Carrino. It wasn’t all one fun computer lesson on Monday, however, as that portion of the meeting followed a question and answer session with a panel featuring officials from FEMA and the Small Business Administration. Several pertinent issues were brought to light. Read more here.
4/24 Homes flooded by Sandy may have unseen fire hazard at Jersey shore-The fire marshal says even if things look okay to the eye, if you’ve had water under or in your house, you need to get the wiring replaced or you are really tempting fate. Read more here.
4/24 New Long Beach Island Chamber of Commerce ‘Created to Fill a Void’– “This new chamber was created to fill a void,” remarked Long Beach Township Mayor Joseph Mancini. “This is not to compete with the existing chamber,” he added in reference to the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, a regional organization founded in 1914. “We’re not trying to exclude anyone; we feel we need a separate entity to help LBI flourish.” Mancini and Lattanzi emphasized that the new chamber is not a municipal entity; it is an organization designed to help businesses on LBI. Read more here.
4/12 Mold Guidelines for NJ Residents– This PDF can help answer your mold questions: Understanding Mold Investigations & Remediation, What Services Should I Ask For?, What Are Important Inspection Procedures? Is Mold Sampling Helpful? What Information Should Be Provided From a Mold Inspection and Remediation?
4/12 The post-Hurricane Sandy Jersey Shore? Bring the kids– As summertime nears, there are many shore tourists who are wondering whether to change their vacation plans this year because of Sandy. They wonder if it will be the same without theirs, or their children’s, favorite rides or ice cream stand open. Trust me. None of that matters. Book the summer rental. Bring the kids. You’ll see when you get to the beach. Read more here.
4/11 Island Contractors Hear Post-Sandy Building Rule Changes– The room was full, evidence that rebuilding is not a cut-and-dried process – not when federal requirements have changed due to flood zone re-mapping, which the Federal Emergency Management Agency has not yet finished. In fact, homeowners must now sign an “Assumption of Risk Statement” before a building permit will be issued in Long Beach Township, zoning and construction code officials said. Read more here.
4/11 Long Beach Township launching its own Chamber of Commerce to promote island– Long Beach Island officials are upset that the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce is not doing enough to market the island and are working to start their own chamber. In early January, Mancini said, a group of business owners and officials gathered to discuss approaching the business climate for the summer season. The group was trying to devise a plan to tackle misconceptions from Hurricane Sandy and start advertising. Read more here.
4/10 Business Owners: Forget Sandy, “LBI is Alive”– Watch the newscast here.
4/10 Long Beach Island, N.J. Is Open For Business After Sandy– Driving down the main road on Long Beach Island, you would hardly know almost six months ago, Superstorm Sandy devastated homes and businesses. Now streets are clear, most houses look intact…“I was amazed,” said Wolochow. “I was really absolutely taken aback that it doesn’t look like anything ever happened here.” More here and be sure to watch the video of the newscast.
4/10 ‘LBI Is Alive 2013’ Video Ready for Metropolitan Airtime-Islanders will spot their mayors in the newest video promoting summer on Long Beach Island, “LBI Is Alive 2013” – and through the power of donations, a wide swath of North Jersey and the metropolitan area will see the shore welcome. The fast-paced promo is on YouTube, and it’s also making its rounds on Facebook this week as the business and real estate community wants to spread the word that summer will be here on LBI. Read the rest of the article here.
4/10 Long Beach Township in Final Push for Beachfill Easements– And obviously we’re going to concentrate on where people want to be helped. You can’t help those who don’t want to be helped.” He added, “We’re going to put their names on the webpage,” at longbeachtownship.com. “That’s not pressuring. That’s not bullying. That’s for you people to see whether or not your homes are protected, and how your neighbors are dealing with the catastrophic events of Sandy.” Read more here.
4/9 Acquiring Easements for Beachfill Is State Priority-“The governor and I are committed to the recovery and rebuilding of the coast and the state overall from Superstorm Sandy. The vast majority of my time, 90 percent of my time and the organization, is focused on how we are recovering and rebuilding. That is our priority, to bring back the residents and businesses and get them on their feet, to bring back the coastal area for the tourism season. See the rest of the article here.
4/5 Lt. Governor Impressed with LBI’s Rebuilding Efforts– Riding down Long Beach Island Thursday afternoon, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno liked what she saw – many parked cars, businesses opening or displaying signs that they’ll be opening soon and shoppers strolling on the sidewalks. “I can see that Long Beach Island is back in business,” said Guadagno. Read more here.
3/26 CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION FILES RULE PACKAGE ESTABLISHING NEW ELEVATION STANDARD FOR NEW JERSEY– The Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) filing of documents supporting amendments to the state’s Flood Hazard Area Control Act keeps in place an emergency rule the Administration authorized in January. The emergency rule and its final amendments utilize FEMA’s recently released Advisory Base Flood Elevation (ABFE) maps as the statewide standard for elevation of homes in flood zones. Click here for more.
3/18 Superstorm Sandy’s underwater mess in Barnegat Bay being cleaned up– “Our goal is to be out of here by the first of June,” said Buddy Young, operations director of Alabama-based CrowderGulf. “The state wants this all cleaned up so the tourists can come back and the people can get back in their boats and feel safe using this bay.” More information here.
3/13 Bill limits payouts to N.J. oceanfront homeowners who refused beach replenishment easements, report says-New Jersey legislators have introduced a bill to stop big payouts to oceanfront property owners who refused to grant easements for beach replenishment, according to a report in the Asbury Park Press.
If approved, the bill would limit condemnation payments for easements needed for future beach replenishment projects. The bill, introduced Monday, comes in the wake of a Harvey Cedars couple receiving a $375,000 award in a state court after they claimed their view was impacted by an engineered dune. More click here.
3/6 Dune Projects Face Objection From Property Owners– “In Long Beach Township, we have 470 oceanfront homes. So how do you have 300 people signed for the good of the community and their neighbors receive funds?” challenged Mancini. “I can’t do that. And we’re not going to do that. We just have to convince people this is the way to do it, stop being greedy. You know, welcome to LBI. This is what you do here.” Click here for more of the story and video.
2/22 It’s ‘Sink ‘R Swim’ time for owner of LBI complex of shops– Sepanak launched a campaign called “LBI is Alive” to get the word out that the island was open for business and counterattack the widespread perception that the entire Jersey Shore was in ruins. For more click here.
2/20 Tourism After Sandy (Part 2) “LBI is Alive”- While it is great that Long Beach Island is open, and will be ready for the summer, we must all do our part in telling the World that LBI is open so that vacationers can visit. As the cleanup process continues in LBI, and it hasn’t been an easy cleanup process, we must go above and beyond to make sure that everyone knows that LBI is alive and well. For more click here.
2/19 Poll: More Than Three-Quarters Of Shore Visitors Plan To Return Despite Sandy– The Rutgers-Eagleton poll released Monday found that of those who plan to come back, 64 percent plan to stay as long as they had in past years, while 13 percent planned to stay even longer this summer. For more click here.
2/18 Despite Sandy, Renters Flock To Jersey Shore In Anticipation Of 2013– “We really expected to come down and see nothing like this,” said Anthony Silver. He says that after the damage from Superstorm Sandy, he didn’t think a Ship Bottom vacation – their family tradition – would be possible this year…She echoed what … lbiisalive.com… telling prospective visitors: The islands beaches, businesses and rentals will be ready for the summer of 2013. Click here for more of the story.
2/15 Shore Shifted by Storm-In New Jersey, the shore has long featured an eclectic mix of building styles, from early-20th-century bungalows packed in rows to sprawling mansions towering over the Atlantic Ocean. While the shore has suffered from past storms, New Jersey never elevated its properties on the scale of communities on the Gulf of Mexico. Sandy damaged an estimated 346,000 homes and housing units in New Jersey, according to the Christie administration. Click here for more.
2/5 Storm Risk Fails to Deter Buyers of Oceanfront Homes– In a house on New Jersey’s Long Beach Island, the wallpaper ends about four feet from the floor, where the wall has been hacked down to the studs to prevent mold. “This,” says Nathan Colmer, “is what you do after a flood.” Colmer, a real estate agent, stands in a robin’s egg blue Cape Cod-style home a block from the water. Despite the damage from Superstorm Sandy, this property is hot. Within a week of listing the house, the owner received seven serious offers—a sign, he says, of the “ferocity” of interest buyers have in scooping up beach property despite the threat of natural disaster. Click here for more.
2/4 FEMA issues response to flood-map questions– Homeowners cannot appeal the velocity zone designation listed in the advisory flood maps adopted by the state last month as the rebuilding standard, but homeowners will have an opportunity to appeal to the Federal Emergency Management Agency once maps are formally proposed later this year. And homeowners can live in their houses that were substantially damaged from Hurricane Sandy for as long as four years while they make plans to elevate the structure, provided they do construction to make the house habitable. For the rest of the article click here.
2/3 The work of elevating houses along the Jersey Shore may take years– Some South Jersey homeowners, wary of higher flood insurance premiums following Hurricane Sandy, have already begun raising their coastal properties. They’re finding the process can be mystifying. New Jersey’s early adoption of preliminary flood-elevation guidelines — the final standards are expected in 2014 — could fundamentally change the landscape of many coastal towns as whole neighborhoods may need to be raised by up to 5 feet. Homeowners who resist the changes face sharp insurance premium hikes. For more click here.
2/3 Opposition building against new flood zone maps; some homes financially, logistically unfeasible to raise– Uncertainty, fear and outrage have become demands for action as New Jersey shore homeowners and officials digest the sweeping new requirements for rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy. An emergency order issued by Gov. Chris Christie late last month that adopted federal advisory flood maps as the state standard for rebuilding along the Jersey Shore has cleared things up for those whose houses were washed away. But the same decision has brought new problems for those with damaged homes still standing: How can they rebuild to standards under which construction may be logistically or financially impossible? Advisory base elevation flood maps are released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide communities with guidelines for how to better rebuild following a major disaster, but they have been issued only once before — about nine months after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Unlike in New Jersey, the maps then were adopted by only some municipalities, not on a state level. FEMA also considers the new elevations as the minimum, encouraging homeowners to build two feet above the base flood elevation. New Jersey law requires at least one foot above. For more check here.
2/1 DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER HOURS CHANGE– Saturday hours for New Jersey disaster recovery centers will change to 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m. on Feb. 2. Monday through Friday the hours will remain 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can locate you closest center online at FEMA.gov/DRC. Help and information are always available online or by phone. You can apply for disaster assistance or check on the status of you applications at DisasterAssistance.gov, by using a smartphone or tablet at FEMA.gov, or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY 800-462-7585 or 711/VRS. You can ask questions about your Small Business Administration disaster home loan applications by calling 800-659-2955 or TTY 800-877-8339 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional resources are available online at FEMA.gov/SandyNJ.
1/31 $350M project to build new Rt. 72 causeways slated to begin in May– A $350 million project to build two Route 72 causeways across Manahawkin Bay is expected to start by late May, but state officials promise that construction won’t get in drivers’ way. “It will be built south of the existing structure, off line. That means it won’t be in the way of traffic traveling too and from the island. You’ll see the activity off to the south; the new bridge will be built roughly 15 feet from the existing structure,” said Richard Hammer, assistant transportation commissioner, whom Guadagno asked to explain how construction won’t interfere with traffic. For more details click here.
1/28 Whelan wants Christie to reconsider adoption of FEMA flood maps for New Jersey– State Sen. Jim Whelan is asking Gov. Chris Christie to reconsider an executive order issued last week that established advisory flood maps as the state rebuilding guidelines following Hurricane Sandy. Whelan, D-Atlantic, warned that proposed changes in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s advisory maps do not have scientific backing behind a key aspect of a certain risk zone. Whelan warned the financial consequences of the order will be devastating to homeowners who need to bring their houses up to code. For more of the article click here.
1/26 Advisory Base Flood Elevations– What does ICC cover and how do you become eligible? How can I receive coverage for rebuilding? Can I elevate my house instead of rebuilding? Find the answers to these questions and more here.
1/25 Common Flood Insurance Problems– What should you do when an adjuster: refuses to process an advance payment request? Equates direct physical loss with direct physical water contact? States the policy does not pay for mold clean up, mildew or moisture damage? States the flood policy only pays for the first four (4) feet of sheetrock? States the flood policy was never intended to restore he policyholder to its pre-flood condition? The answers to these and more are found here.
1/15 Building Department Update–As of 1-14-2013 the Long Beach Township Building Dept would like to report that:
- They have issued/approved 12 Substantial Damage Applications;
- There will be staff available for face to face meetings to discuss the building permit process and that the permit process for repairing a home will be fast tracked;
- There will be a temporary Certificate of Occupancy (CO) issued for those houses that will probably sold as is without repairs. These CO’s will be issued contingent upon the buyer obtaining a Final CO.;
- There is a link on www.longbeachtownship.com that provides information pertaining to the new base flood requirements and house raising/ICC information.;
Homeowners can also call 609-361-6687 for house raising requirements and ICC program for damaged structures.
You can also call the Long Beach Township Bldg Dept at 609-361-6679 for more information.
1/14 NFIP Grandfathering Information– Flood risks can change over time. As a result, the flood maps for those areas may no longer accurately portray the current flood risks. To reflect the most current flood risks, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is updating the nation’s flood maps using the latest data gathering and mapping technology. New flood maps (known as Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps, or DFIRMs) are being issued nationwide. When the new flood maps become effective, some residents and business owners will find that their property’s flood risk has changed. For more information on these changes and how they affect you click here.
1/11 ***FEMA TEMPORARY HOUSING EXTENSION — URGENT*** Important! You need to call FEMA or check with a FEMA rep at a Disater Recovery Center to ensure that you have received the temporary housing extension. They are processing many cases and may not have gotten to your case yet. So you may need to call back a few times for a status update to be sure that you were approved. Call FEMA (24 hours) at 1-800-621-3362. To locate your center click here. Via Jersey Shore Hurricane News Facebook
1/10 Ocean County: Dredge Barnegat Bay by summer– Memorial Day Weekend is the target date Ocean County Freeholder Director John P. Kelly has set to get 1,400 boats, pieces of 58 houses and at least eight motor vehicles out of Barnegat Bay. Gov. Chris Christie made dredging Barnegat Bay a top priority in his State of the State address Tuesday. For more information click here.
12/19 Menendez Pushes for Sandy Recovery Package– Last night, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) again took to the floor of the Senate to push for approval of the $60.4 billion Sandy Recovery package now being debated in the U.S. Congress. Menendez spoke in response to criticisms being leveled by some Republicans over elements of the emergency funding measure which has been proposed by the Obama Administration and supported by Governors Christie and Cuomo. For more information click here.
12/19 Plumbers Warn of Gas Line Hoop-Up Scams, Dangers– An original New Jersey Natural Gas estimate of six months to have gas service returned to Long Beach Island and surrounding towns following Superstorm Sandy was cut short by vigilant utility workers whose work included replacing or repairing approximately 14,000 gas meters. The early finish on the work set off a flood of phone calls to plumbers in the area from those seeking to have their gas restored…Companies agreed the price to restore service should range between $250 on the low end to $350 on the high end, depending on the home’s needs. Any price lower may mean one is receiving shoddy work from a contractor without a plumbing license. A higher price could mean price gouging. The job itself should take anywhere from half an hour to two hours. For more information click here.
12/19 Governor Christie Announces Partnership with Industry will Assist Small Business Recovery– “Rebuilding our state after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy is the most important and pressing challenge before us,” said Governor Christie. “Helping small businesses means helping the backbone of our economy statewide – and particularly in the hardest-hit shore communities where our small businesses are a foundation of our way of life. This business impact survey will help us better understand what resources these businesses need to get back to normal operations, whether it’s low interest loans, streamlining the permitting process, or identifying emerging issues and concerns. I want to thank New Jersey’s business leaders for partnering with us in support of their members and the broader business community during this vital recovery and rebuilding phase.” For the rest of the article click here.
12/18 Christie Administration Announces extension for New Jerseyans Affected by Hurricane Sandy to Register for Disaster Assistance– The Christie Administration today announced that New Jersey residents affected by Hurricane Sandy now have until January 30, 2013 (Updated: March 1) to register for disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “The single most important step people can take in this recovery period is to register with FEMA, if they haven’t already,” said Governor Christie. “The process of a family receiving any type of federal disaster assistance begins with registering as a disaster survivor with FEMA and working with a coordinator to determine what sort of relief they are eligible for. This extension will help us ensure that anyone who has been affected by the storm gets registered and the help they need and deserve.” For more information click here.
Lost or abandoned Boats Boat owners or insurance companies trying to locate a lost or abandoned
vessel should call the NJSP Point Pleasant Station at (732)899-5051.
No loss of benefits for NJ Seniors receiving disaster aid Seniors who suffered losses due to
Hurricane Sandy don’t have to worry about being hit a second time if they receive disaster funds.
FEMA disaster assistance is not counted as income, is not taxed, and has no effect on Social Security
or other government benefits. Seniors and others who had disaster related losses are encouraged to
register and apply for assistance online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by web enabled mobile device
at m.fema.gov; by phone or 711/VRS, call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585. NJ seniors
affected by the storm can find out how to apply for an SBA loan by calling 800-659-2955 or by visiting
http://www.sba.gov/disaster. For more information about other elder care issues, call the national referral
service, Eldercare Locators, at 800-677-1116.
Changed your mind about staying in your storm damaged home? Thousands of New Jersey
survivors answered “will not relocate” when FEMA housing inspectors asked what they planned to do
while repairs are being made on their homes or apartments. That response made them ineligible for
FEMA temporary housing assistance. Some who would like FEMA help today may find the window still
open. Here’s what to do: 1) If it has been less than 30 days since you received a FEMA determination
letter, call 800-621-3362 and tell FEMA that your housing situation has changed and that you’d
like temporary housing assistance; 2) if it has been more than 30 days since you received a FEMA
determination letter, you will need to reply in a letter to FEMA stating that you want to change your
earlier response, explain how your circumstances have changed and that you’d like FEMA temporary
FEMA Assistance denial – option for appeal Survivors have the right to appeal the Federal
Emergency Management Agency’s decision about what assistance they can receive. You may ask for
another review to appeal the amount or type of help provided or any other decision about federal
disaster assistance. Review the “Help After a Disaster” applicant’s guide, which explains the different
types of assistance that may be available to survivors and could answer some questions you have about
the appeal process. Each applicant receives a copy and it is available online at http://www.fema.gov/help-
after-disaster. If you would like to speak with a specialist who will listen and help you with the appeal
process, you can visit a local Disaster Recovery Center or call FEMA 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-
This has been a divisive issue on this island for years and it has led to legal fights. An attorney representing some of the holdouts says his clients aren’t against dune projects, they just want to be fairly compensated.
Attorney Ken Porro said many of the property owners are not wealthy and depend on rental incomes to support the property.
“If you take away their access by putting in a dune, you take away their views, their property values depreciate. But what happens with the dune easements is there’s no compensation for loss of value, there’s no compensation in taxes,” said Porro.
Other shore communities have tackled this problem by using eminent domain to take properties. But Mancini hopes that won’t be necessary because some holdouts have changed their minds after seeing the devastation of superstorm Sandy.
“I signed my oceanfront easement. All my friends signed their easements. It was the thing to do,” Mancini said.
A map in town hall has a list of the property owners who have not signed easements. Attorney Ken Porro says this list is also online.
“When the mayor posts people’s names who are upholding their constitutional civil rights … shame on him,” said Porro.
Mancini responded that “[Porro’s] absolute untruths, lies have cost hundreds of millions of dollars worth of damages because he’s telling people things that are not going to happen.”
The first post-Sandy dune project will likely be in hard hit Holgate. Where the mayor says, there is just one remaining holdout. But previous dune projects will also need replenishing. They mayor believes it is the only way, the shore will recover and survive against another devastating storm.
Island Contractors Hear Post-Sandy Building Rule Changes
Property Owners Must Acknowledge ‘Risk’ of Rules Changing Again
If you see a house sitting on the road right-of-way for a few days in the off-season while pilings are installed to raise it, it will be part of the ongoing post-Sandy rebuild.
That allowance comes by resolution in Long Beach Township, one of many recent construction rule changes outlined to builders at an annual contractors’ meeting held in town hall recently.
The room was full, evidence that rebuilding is not a cut-and-dried process – not when federal requirements have changed due to flood zone re-mapping, which the Federal Emergency Management Agency has not yet finished. In fact, homeowners must now sign an “Assumption of Risk Statement” before a building permit will be issued in Long Beach Township, zoning and construction code officials said.
New Long Beach Island Chamber of Commerce ‘Created to Fill a Void’
Bipartisan Coalition Introduces Hurricane Sandy Tax Relief
After Superstorm Sandy: Jersey Shore ‘open for business’
Tax relief proposed for victims of Hurricane Sandy
Federal authorities have released new versions of flood zone maps, which could bring relief to some property owners.
The draft maps were published Sunday for Atlantic, Ocean, Monmouth and Hudson Counties. Those are the areas that were hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy last year.