Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Work begins to pull debris from Barnegat Bay
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Tuesday, March 12
Even one of Germany's finest automobiles was no match for Superstorm Sandy. It's tough to tell the exact model of this car, but the body style and taillights indicate it's a midsize Mercedes-Benz, probably from the 1990s. Crews found it in Barnegat Bay Monday afternoon and towed it to the boat ramp at Traders Cove Marina off Mantoloking Road in Brick, where it was hauled out from the murky depths. The muddied car is suspected to have gotten washed into the waterway during Sandy. A contract was awarded by the state last month to Crowder Gulf, a Theodore, Ala.-based company, to remove debris from the northern and central portions of Barnegat Bay, hopefully in time for the summer boating season. Department of Environmental Protection …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
NJ Department of Environmental Protection holds public hearing in Long Branch
A huge crowd came to Long Branch City Hall for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) public hearing to protest the potential adoption of FEMA's advisory base flood elevation (ABFE) maps as the new elevation standard for the the state. The crowd on Thursday night was mostly comprised of many unhappy homeowners from around the state impacted by Hurricane Sandy. "The thought of increasing flood insurance premiums into the tens of thousands of dollars is daunting," Toms River resident Margaret Quinn said. Quinn, who lives in the Silverton section of Toms River, said her house was more than 50 percent damaged. She, like so many others, has been displaced by the hurricane and is now faced with rebuilding questions and …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
"Coastal Flood Watch" Upgraded to "Coastal Flood Warning"
Point Borough Public Works crews have been cleaning out storm drains and basin tops and getting plowing equipment ready as a winter storm is expected to cause at least some coastal flooding between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. Jude Walker, Borough Road Department Supervisor, said the Borough had already been working, during the past few weeks, on the annual maintenance of storm drains. "We changed it up this year, because of Sandy, we started in the areas hardest hit by Sandy," Walker said. "We did Lovelandtown, Sunshine Harbor, Bay Head Shores, other hard hit sections. We also had the trucks out the last few days, going over the hardest hit areas again, in anticipation of this, but also to clean up any remnants left behind …
Monday, March 4, 2013
National Weather Service says storm will include periods of heavy rain and gusts up to 60 mph
The National Weather Service now has a Coastal Flood Watch in effect for the Jersey Shore area from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning. The Monday afternoon advisory, issued just before 3 p.m., has the following predictions for the flood watch: "* LOCATION...COASTAL AREAS FROM ATLANTIC COUNTY NORTH THROUGH MONMOUTH AND MIDDLESEX COUNTIES INCLUDING BARNEGAT BAY. * COASTAL FLOODING...WIDESPREAD MINOR WITH POSSIBLY MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING DURING THE HIGH TIDE CYCLES ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND AGAIN ON EARLY THURSDAY MORNING. * AT...SANDY HOOK, NEW JERSEY, HIGH TIDE WILL OCCUR AT 258 PM WEDNESDAY WITH A FORECAST TIDE LEVEL OF 7.5 TO 8.0 FEET ABOVE MEAN LOWER LOW WATER. HIGH TIDE WILL THEN OCCUR AT 331 AM THURSDAY WITH A FORECAST …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The governor will appear at Woody's Ocean Grille
Gov. Christie will make a campaign announcement in Sea Bright today, according to a media advisory issued by his campaign staff. With no further details regarding what the governor will announce, the advisory said Christie is scheduled to speak at 11:15 a.m. at Woody's Ocean Grille, 1 East Church St., Sea Bright. The governor was in the small, Sandy-ravaged town less than a month ago. He and his wife, Mary Pat, have been supportive of Sea Bright Rising, the charity for Sandy-afflicted locals, headed by Woody's owner Chris Wood.
The borough is hoping to award a bid for seawall construction at its next council meeting.
Perhaps they'll call it the Snooki Seawall. Seaside Heights is moving forward with its plan to construct a seawall the entire length of its boardwalk and is hoping to fund the entire project with money raised by MTV's Restore the Shore telethon, according to borough Mayor Bill Akers. Though a bid has not yet been awarded for construction - Akers said the borough would like to award a bid as soon as its next council meeting - it's estimated the seawall would cost about $1 million, the same amount promised to the Hurricane Sandy-battered borough by MTV. The money was raised during a November telethon featuring the "stars" of several MTV reality shows, most notably the crew from "Jersey Shore." Beloved by orange-toned grenades and gorillas …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Also says state working with federal officials to fairly disburse block grants to residents
Come to the Jersey Shore for Valentine's Day and then come back in the spring, summer and fall. That was the message from Acting Gov. Kim Guadagno who kicked off the state's "Show your Love for the Jersey Shore" campaign on Monday afternoon at Jenkinson's Aquarium on the boardwalk. "Come to the Jersey Shore for Valentine's Day, we're open for business," Guadagno said, standing at a podium just across from the penguins. She said it's crucial that the private-public marketing campaign effort, which is being done in conjunction with other marketing campaigns, gets the message out so the state's $38 billion tourism industry can again be robust. "The Jersey Shore is a large piece of that industry," she said. "We need to keep our numbers up …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
See how many inches have fallen in your area with the LIVE map below.
The map above, provided by the National Weather Service, shows snowfall in the past 24 hours in Point Borough and Point Beach. It is updated every 6 hours. This is not a map showing overall snow depth: It only tracks the amount of snow that has fallen in the past day.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Storm's track becoming clearer as it approaches
The National Weather Service has upgraded the forecast for tomorrow's predicted storm from a winter storm watch to a winter storm warning. The storm will affect most of our area the hardest from Friday night through Saturday morning. Depending on the track of the storm, there could be snow accumulation of anywhere from 6 to 10 inches as well as "possibly a trace of ice," according to the warning. There may be some snow on Friday morning that is expected to shift temporarily to rain before the full force of the snow is expected to arrive into Friday evening. As much as one or two inches of snow could fall per hour with winds upwards of 40 MPH making for more hazardous conditions. There is also a chance for a thunderstorm rolling through. …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Schroeder hopes the governor will visit Sandy-flooded neighborhoods
Maybe Gov. Christie would help Point Borough's Sandy-flooded neighborhoods if he would do one simple thing: see them. That's the thinking of Point Borough Mayor William Schroeder, who has been trying in vain for the past six weeks to get the Garden State's head honcho to visit the Borough where it was tidal surge flooding, and not wave and wind destruction, that flooded 1,000 homes. "We deserve his visit to see the town first-hand," Schroeder said. He said that while 1,000 homes flooded, there are now 2,500 in flood zones on the new FEMA map, which he and many others think is over-kill and put an unfair burden on those residents who would get charged higher flood insurance rates. Why is it important for the governor to know what type of …