Saturday, May 18, 2013
Brick office receives more staff as summer influx expected; Ocean City office permanently destroyed, LBI office renovated
Comcast has said it has rebuilt 144 miles worth of cable infrastructure since Superstorm Sandy struck the Shore area and has hired extra staff for coastal area offices as an influx of seasonal customers is anticipated. Additional customer service employees and 170 extra technicians are to start work May 25, the company said in a statement this week. Additionally, at the company's offices in Brick, Absecon, Avalon, Northfield, Ocean City and Wildwood, the number of workstations "has been nearly doubled to provide more expedited, one-on-one attention for customers," the company said. The company's Long Beach Island office in Ship Bottom has been "completely renovated," while its Ocean City office was destroyed and is now operating out of two…
Friday, May 3, 2013
Both the party boat crowd and shore-based locals getting in on the action
As local anglers try their collective hands at spring fishing after a tough winter all around, the striped bass seem to be cooperating as water temperatures slowly rise. Starting in the northern reaches of this column's publication area, the crew of the Big Mohawk out of Belmar finished their blackfish season this week and decided to dabble in the bass fishery on Tuesday. The result: everyone on board got their limit of stripers. "I know that is what so many of you have been waiting to hear," Capt. Chris wrote on the boat's website. The boat, which sails 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, had a similarly good day Thursday after taking Wednesday off. Few reports came in from the suds in the Manasquan and Point Pleasant areas, but anecdotally, anglers …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
VIDEO: Bay whipped up by nor'easter, ocean roars
Friday, February 8, 2013
Heavy rain causes big puddles, but little in the way of tidal flooding on LBI
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Friday, February 8
House raisers and carpenters note spike in work, adding that many residents are waiting for insurance funds before signing contracts.
The message on the answering machine at LBI House Raising is telling: "Due to the high volume of requests we are receiving, we are only able to provide estimates for Long Beach Island homeowners at this time. Please check back with us periodically for updates. We apologize for the inconvenience." There was a time, LBI House Raising Co-owner Nancy Leonetti said, when their contractors would travel all the way to Flemington, N.J., to raise a home. But that all changed after Hurricane Sandy. If there can be one "bright spot" in Sandy's wake, it would be the growth in certain businesses that cater to the rebuilding efforts needed all along the shore, from private home rebuilds to construction of various recreational areas, like boardwalks. …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Panel of experts address issues such as compliance, mitigation, insurance, financing, resale and rebuilding after Sandy.
Recognizing that real estate professionals are “on the front lines” when it comes to answering questions about homes and businesses after Sandy, the Ocean County Board of Realtors convened an information session this week in Toms River. Tom Wissel, of the Ocean County Board, invited representatives from FEMA and the SBA (Small Business Administration), as well as a real estate attorney, insurance professional and mortgage banker, to attend the first of two planned “After Sandy” panels. “What I first learned, was a lesson on the Constitution because federal agencies need to be invited to sessions like this that deal with state and local issues," said Wissel. "They can not call for them on their own,” he added. In addition, federal agencies…
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Clean-up and restoration with a dose of humor all go hand in hand as Long Beach Island recovers from Sandy.
Long Beach Island residents - except those from Holgate - returned to their homes Saturday morning, beginning at 6 a.m. During a Friday afternoon news conference in Seaside Heights on Friday, Governor Christie announced that the Route 72 causeway bridge will be open. Christie said the state will allow residents controlled access to assess damage, retrieve belongings and permit repopulation of the island for residents whose homes are safe and habitable. Here is a short photo tour before Saturday's reopening. People should procede with caution as there is still a lot of work going on and dangerous conditions in many areas.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Home caretaking companies now allowed on island to secure homes.
After removing the checkpoint at Route 72 for people going to Long Beach Island, traffic subsided, and many residents of LBI got their first glimpse of their homes since Sandy. "When I first saw LBI and the Boulevard, it didn't look that bad," according to one eyewitness. "But as you get further south on the island, it looks like a warzone." Long Beach Island emergency management officials this morning started a "grab and go" system to enable people to pick up needed items such as checkbooks, medication, legal documents and similar items. Law enforcement members patrolled the island, to keep people from "sightseeing." Long Beach Township Mayor Joseph Mancini and other officials noted the "grab and go" was being tightly controlled, and "…
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Barriers islands south of Point Pleasant to Seaside Park will also be affected.
Amid reports of "major gas leaks," following Sandy, officials with New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) announced they are shutting off the natural gas infrastructure that serves Long Beach Island, as well as other hurricane-damaged barrier islands south of Point Pleasant Beach to Seaside Park. Approximately 28,000 customers will be impacted, officials said. Atlantic City Electric reported earlier today that electricity will be restored to LBI once the natural gas system is shut down. “Our crews did everything we could to save the system,” Chief Operating Officer Kathleen T. Ellis said in a prepared statement. “We were only able to gain access to some of the most damaged areas within the last 24 hours, and the devastation is nothing that could …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Surf City already being impacted by Sandy