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FEMA Gives $2.1 Million for Point Beach Boardwalk Rebuilding

Boardwalk to be done by Memorial Day weekend


Shortly after Point Beach announced it had not received a dime of FEMA money, FEMA announced it's sending the oceanfront town $2.1 million to help pay for the rebuilding of its Sandy-ravaged boardwalk.

Eight days after Point Beach officials at a council meeting bemoaned the lack of cash flowing from FEMA, FEMA made its announcement.

On Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg and Robert Menendez (both D-NJ) today announced that Point Pleasant Beach will receive more than $2.1 million to reimburse the town for the cost of repairing and rebuilding the boardwalk.  

The allocation reimburses the town for 75 percent of its written request to FEMA for the cost of the boardwalk repairs and rebuilding, said Point Beach Business Administrator Chris Riehl on Thursday morning.

"According to Point Pleasant Beach Mayor Vincent Barrella, most of the boardwalk opened this past weekend, with all of it expected to open by Memorial Day Weekend," says a prepared statement from the federal lawmakers. "The federal funding in this grant, which totals $2,128,732.50, is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance program"

“When Superstorm Sandy tore through Point Pleasant Beach, it devastated a critical part of New Jersey’s tourist economy and an area that is home to millions of great memories. This federal funding will reimburse the town for its swift work to rebuild the legendary boardwalk, and thanks to that work, people can now return and enjoy its beauty and attractions,” said Senator Lautenberg, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which funds FEMA. However more work remains as many New Jersey and Point Pleasant Beach families are still rebuilding their lives, and we’ll keep fighting to make sure they get all they need to recover.”

“Superstorm Sandy challenged New Jersey communities like Point Pleasant Beach like never before. As the summer tourist season approaches, this federal funding is critical to helping Point Pleasant recoup some of the expenses associated with responding to the storm,” said Senator Menendez, who helped lead the New Jersey delegation’s fight for federal Sandy relief.  “There are still many challenges to face on the road to full recovery.  That’s why I will continue fighting for the federal resources we need to help all New Jersey communities rebuild even better and stronger than before the storm.”

n January, the President signed the Superstorm Sandy Supplemental Appropriations bill into law, bringing the total Sandy aid enacted by Congress to $60.2 billion. The funding package included federal aid to help homeowners, businesses, and communities recover, and resources to rebuild coastal, transportation, and water infrastructure.

Public Assistance grants are awarded by FEMA on a rolling basis after receiving applications from the state, which coordinates the process with local governments.

Blondie May 01, 2013 at 07:09 PM
People that live in point that don't visit the boardwalk and beaches are missing out big time. Why live in a town that thrives on tourism if you don't welcome it?
Brick Jerz Mom May 01, 2013 at 07:13 PM
TIRED OF HEARING ABOUT BOARDWALKS... how about homes , cars. etc that will never be able to get replaced. Are you Kidding me, people are packing up the few things they have left leaving our State because they cant get the help they need & Yet they are throwing $$ to rebuild boardwalks.... Lets get the Priorities straight .....
Denise Di Stephan (Editor) May 01, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Brick Jerz Mom, I understand your concerns. That's why we ran the story the other day about how CDBG funds will be available soon to help at least some residents renovate and elevate and I'm working on a story about how people should go about applying for the funds and what can be expected. We are all concerned about residents flooded during Sandy, which includes one of our own editors and many of our own friends and neighbors, and we are doing our best to provide more info. that may be helpful. Please feel free to email me at denise.distephan@patch.com with any additional questions/concerns. Thank you.
jim May 01, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Do they have to raise the boardwalk now
proud May 01, 2013 at 07:27 PM
These are informative links on the CDGB's that I posted on another thread earlier. I spoke with a rep at the DCA and they emphasized getting on the notification list (third link). This is the RREM program - Up to $150,000 http://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/sandyrecovery/pdf/reconstructionrehabilitationelevationmitigationfinal.pdf Homeowners Resettlement Program - Up to $10,000 http://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/sandyrecovery/pdf/resettlementfinal.pdf This is the Superstorm Sandy Assistance Notification Form - https://www.formsite.com/dcanet/SandyAssistance/secure_index.html
proud May 01, 2013 at 07:27 PM
anonymous May 01, 2013 at 08:05 PM
We're hurting 6 months after Sandy... We're frustrated... We're MAD... We need action, not talk! Come to the protest rally Sat. May 4th, 2-3PM, Joey Harrison's Surf Club, 1900 Ocean Ave., Ortley Beach.
Disgruntled with PPB May 02, 2013 at 12:01 AM
Someone has stated that the Point Pleasant Beach boardwalk—(Jenkinsons ,Martells,etc) is not getting any dunes like Bayhead,Mantoloking etc because the Point Pleasant Beach --Beach is PRIVATELY OWNED-------If that is the case--what is the difference between a corporation OWNING the beach and a private individual OWNING the beach????? I have seen government federal beach replenishment in both cases… The government is putting these dunes in back of private property to try to protect the property and houses within a few blocks of the beach---If Jenkinsons and Martels don't want and/or get dunes in in Point Pleasant Beach...because they do want to "spoil the view" for the tourists---will Jenkinsons and Martels be RESPONSIBLE for all the property/house damage that the dunes possibly could have prevented???..will the town be responsible???..will the state be responsible.?? Will Fema be responsible????…..If we are on the Jersey Shore--the whole Jersey shore you should get dunes….
Vince Barrella May 02, 2013 at 01:04 AM
Please do not anticipate that something is not going to happen based upon rumor. The town is working closely with DEP who is responsible for the Army Corp dune project at the state level.
PPBNative May 02, 2013 at 01:16 AM
Things like this are exactly why I moved out of NJ years ago. You've got residents who are still homeless, but let's make sure that the boardwalk will be repaired in time for the bennies to invade. "Gotta get those tourist dollars", which seemingly benefit very few people, except a handful of business owners, and the cops who work endless overtime.
Everythingisascam May 02, 2013 at 01:26 AM
How much is the total cost of the boardwalk costing the tax payers in PPB? We do have to many cops who work full-time and who work endless overtime. The cost is getting ridiculous and out of hand. The cops are not making 25,000 anymore, something needs to be done. We are police poor.
Sandy Diet May 02, 2013 at 01:37 AM
What they are not telling us clearly about block grants for private homes The following is cut and pasted directly from http://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/sandyrecovery/pdf/reconstructionrehabilitationelevationmitigationfinal.pdf The Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation Program (RREM) bulletin from state of NJ website “What will the program fund? Awards are limited to a per household benefit of up to $150,000 (based on the amount of damage). Funding can be used for eligible costs for rehabilitation, reconstruction, demolition (incidental to reconstruction), elevation and storm mitigation as determined by the State Department of Community Affairs and its contractors. The State must subtract from the award any duplication of benefits, which includes funds received by the homeowner for rebuilding from other sources such as insurance, FEMA and SBA.” In my newly honed skills of post Sandy Vernacular this is how I read it. If my home has $100,000 in damage then I would be allowed a benefit of $100,000. If my insurance paid me $60,000 my benefit from this program would be $40,000. If my ICC kicks in $30,000 (optimist) my REEM benefit would now be reduced to $10,000. If I took a loan from the SBA for $15,000 I am afraid I might owe the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation Program $5,000. Please I hope I am wrong!! Please someone read this differently and tell me that my understanding of this wrong!
EQ May 02, 2013 at 02:20 AM
Sandy Diet... My understanding of this program is the same as yours and I am in the same boat - my SBA loan just got approved today so now I am not eligible for this RREM program AND I am now saddled with a loan on top of my mortgage... Go figure...
Spooner May 02, 2013 at 02:58 AM
Raised that point on another thread. Looks like this state money is being made available for those who could not qualify in simple terms for SBA, or/and maybe no-to little...FEMA insurance?
Shamtock May 02, 2013 at 08:51 AM
$2.1 million to rebuild the boardwalk? Anybody else think this is a "little" high?
Hank Kerchef May 02, 2013 at 09:08 AM
and the heck with those Yahoos crying about using wood. Use all the wood you can. let em cry.
Sandy Diet May 02, 2013 at 11:25 AM
The problem is I have a slab which needs to be raised which could cost north of 100k. I revieved enough to rebuild my home as is but not enough to elevate as required. The problem with this REEM grant is that as written in the states bullitan if I have a $100,000 of damage and I recieve $100,000 to repair from my insurance there will be no money from this grant to elevate. Now the damage this grant embroglio has done is because no one has talked straight about it is when I talk to my mortgage company or even my township officials they have been taking the tact be patient there are block grants on their way. This has freed them from giving questions and request any consideration because they were sure the grants would be there. Now I find that the grants have some very clever double speak to them when it comes to eligiability. GOV can you speak clearly on this or are you going to put layers between you and this stink.
grmahigold May 02, 2013 at 11:35 AM
Vince, what does that mean??? Did Gov Christie's comments about dunes include PPB ?? What does "working closely" mean? Did we give the ACOE permission to build the dunes?? Evberytime i read about Point and the dune project answers seem very vague, your above included.
EQ May 02, 2013 at 11:50 AM
Sandy Diet - based on what you posted , it would seem that if the max is $150K and you received $100K then $50K would be available from RREM is help you lift. Now if the cost to lift is about $75K then you would need to fund the difference of $25K on your own. What I would recommend is when the program opens, just apply and let them tell you that you don't qualify and explain why. Good luck and let's hope that when the program opens, they clarify stuff like this... Seems that you need a Ph.D. to get through all the paper work and rules around all this storm damage - unbelievable.
Brick Jerz Mom May 02, 2013 at 11:52 AM
Person property lost was denied help. Just here to foot the bill for the programs I never get help from
A Resident May 02, 2013 at 12:54 PM
2.1 is what FEMA is reimbursing. The cost is closer to 4 I believe. And no, I don't think that's a "little" high. For the amount of pilings, stringers, cross braces and materials involved. Add on to that the amount of hours of machinery spent placing the pilings. And then the manhours.
Eric May 02, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Denise - I hope your research can clarify the SBA loan issue raised by Sandy Diet and discussed below. Like EQ, SBA called yesterday and said I was approved for a substantial loan to elevate my home. The info provided by NJ RREM clearly states no "duplication of benefits" including SBA loans. So now I am not eligable for the RREM money? Personally I don't find a 30 year loan the same "benefit" as a grant!Can I decline the SBA loan and remain eligable for RREM money? I guess I should quit my job so SBA disqualifies me, I drop to low income, and I get the $150k for free???
Maggie Hart-Zuhowski May 02, 2013 at 04:37 PM
I saw pictures of the the North end and I saw pictures of the South end being repaired with a beautiful boardwalk ( it looks like Trek) . I have been told that the piece of boardwalk between Police Station and Jenkinsons/Martells going North has NOT been replaced. I do recall that this parcel of boardwalk area is uneven , boards badly splintered, nails sticking up - out, etc., (which is and has been a HUGE hazardous/safety risk to town insurance) I understand that it was not affected by Sandy damage and therefore not being reimbursed by FEMA, but for that small portion- why did Point Pleasant Beach decide NOT to repair that piece also? Then the boardwalk would be safe and complete all together. They already had the machinery, manpower, etc Just a thought.
Denise Di Stephan (Editor) May 02, 2013 at 04:46 PM
As reported in earlier articles, that section of boardwalk by police sub-station will go out to bid in the fall. Meanwhile, it is considered safe to walk on, which is why town is saying that the entire stretch of boardwalk will be ready by Memorial Day weekend because folks will be able to walk end to end. Trex is being used to replace damaged sections.
Maggie Hart-Zuhowski May 03, 2013 at 01:59 AM
Thank you!!!! Denise ...Glad to here its going out for bid in Sept
Baltimore Jim May 04, 2013 at 11:46 AM
Does anyone know if the boardwalk is going to be extended past New Jersey ave?
Denise Di Stephan (Editor) May 04, 2013 at 11:50 AM
Baltimore Jim: No, it will not be extended south of NJ Ave.
Martin May 04, 2013 at 12:22 PM
Don't elevate -- LITIGATE! Protest "expensive elevation mandates" and "exorbitant insurance rates" for 1 hour today (Sat.) 2-3 PM at Joey Harrison's Surf Club, 1900 Ocean Ave., Ortley Beach. Public rally being held by "Stop FEMA Now." TV news coverage. All homeowners are welcome. Save our communities! ==> StopFemaNow.com
proud May 05, 2013 at 09:39 PM
@PPNB, would you mind telling me what gives you the impression that Point and Point Boro are not included in the proposed replenishment project?
Vinnie Marino June 03, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Blondie. Well said!


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