Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Video posted day after Sandy, but recently surfaced locally
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- Daniel Nee
Tuesday, March 26
The fire that destroyed the Camp Osborn neighborhood during Superstorm Sandy was captured in an up-close video and uploaded to YouTube by way of a Mexican news site Oct. 31, 2012, but the video has only recently surfaced locally. The neighborhood, comprised of a mix of vacation bungalows and some newer, year-round homes, was nearly completely destroyed in the storm. Homeowners are still debating how to rebuild their neighborhood. Due to an ocean-to-bay breach at the Mantoloking Bridge, neither firefighters nor private heavy equipment crews were able to get to the site for several days.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Bridge is considered one of the bay's best flounder haunts
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Park manager: additional park areas to open within the next month
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- Daniel Nee
Tuesday, March 12
Island Beach State Park manager Ray Bukowski told Patch the southern half of the park would most likely begin to open to the public within the next month. Bukowski said the area would probably be opened in three stages, from north to south, with the final stage being the end of the park's road to Barnegat Inlet. Currently, members of the public are allowed as far in as the park's administration building, and parking is available at OBA 1. Beach buggy owners can also access that portion of the park, and 2012 beach buggy permits are still being honored. Bukowski said park officials are concerned with the number of people feeding wild foxes that live in the park. If people continue to feed the animals, they will lose their natural fear of …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
VIDEO: Water rushes in Manasquan Inlet, no dune washovers yet, transformer blows along Route 35 near Ocean Beach Shores
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- Daniel Nee
Wednesday, March 6
Water rushed quickly into Manasquan Inlet as winds began to gust, and ocean waves crashed hard against the shore, nearly reaching dune berms that had been pushed up to mitigate potential damage as a nor'easter began to make its presence known at the Jersey Shore. Back bay water levels ran low at low tide however, though they were expected to reach several feet above normal at high tide Wednesday. As high tide approached on the oceanfront, no washover was observed on Route 35, however there were scattered reports of power outages. A transformer blew and wires could be seen arcing along Route 35 South near Toms River's Ocean Beach Shores neighborhood.
Friday, March 1, 2013
Striped bass season opens Friday
Striped bass season begins in the back bays and rivers March 1, and Patch caught up with Dennis Palmatier of Murphy's Hook House Bait and Tackle in Toms River for some tips. The regulations for striped bass remains two fish per angler, per day, with a minimum size limit of 28 inches. Striped bass season in the back bays and rivers runs from March 1 through Dec. 31. In the ocean, the season is open year-round. Anglers fishing Oyster Creek should keep in mind that fishing the west side of the Route 9 bridge over the creek requires a freshwater fishing license. Fishing the east side of the bridge does not, though all anglers statewide must obtain a free registration card online before fishing.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Governor: Don't listen to 'dopes' saying to hold off
Gov. Chris Christie took a stand this week against public officials and community leaders calling on residents to wait for potential changes to Federal Emergency Management Agency flood maps before elevating or rebuilding their homes in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Christie, speaking in Lavallette Tuesday, said the state's adoption of FEMA's advisory base flood elevation maps last month will ensure residents build smarter and stronger, and avoid the consequences that came in Sandy's storm surge. "Fight away, I'm fighting too, but don't tell people not to rebuild their homes if they want to," said Christie. "Don't we want people in safer homes and more resilient homes?" Some have called on residents to wait for FEMA to put out revised, …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The $215 million project, which will include installing a new and improved drainage system, is expected to be completed by the summer of 2015
Governor Christie announced Tuesday that Route 35, from Point Pleasant Beach to South Seaside Park in Berkeley, will be completely rebuilt. The $215 million project, which will include installing a new and improved drainage system, is expected to be completed by the summer of 2015. Funding will come from federal sources, Christie said. The governor announced the project at a press conference held with Ocean County officials at the Lavallette Fire Company building, a block away from the state highway that is the focus of the reconstruction project. The new highway will be 24 inches thick, including asphalt pavement and the stabilizing sub-base materials. The Christie administration said it will do its best to minimize summer disruptions, …
Park should open this spring, mayor says
The docks might need some work, but all in all, the road to the completion of the bayfront park at the former Traders Cove Marina site on Mantoloking road is nearing a pleasant end. "Punchlist items" are still being waited on, but the construction of a parking area, a playground and several other aspects of the long-awaited park have been completed, Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis said. Completed is a future picnic area, barbecue are, gazebo, playground and floating docks. Still in the planning stages is a resource building, which will include restrooms. Restrooms were initially planned as part of a splash park that would have been included at the site, though that aspect of the project was eliminated after the township council changed hands in…
CrowderGulf, headquartered in Theodore, Alabama, will undertake bay cleanup and dredging effort
An Alabama company will undertake a massive cleanup and debris removal effort in Barnegat Bay following Superstorm Sandy. State authorities have removed more than 1,000 boats since the storm hit, but the remains of many others, plus debris resulting from everything from destroyed homes to derelict vessels previously undetected pose a threat to navigation as the spring boating season draws near. Three companies were awarded contracts to clear New Jersey's waterways of debris, hopefully before spring arrives. Donjon Marine will be responsible for the northern portion of the state, from the New York border to Raritan Bay. CrowderGulf, of Theodore, Alabama, will be responsible for the central portion of the state, from the Navesink River in …
Friday, February 15, 2013
Reconstruction work on Seaside Heights' new boardwalk begins with some pile driving.
Construction of Seaside Heights' new boardwalk is underway. Crews are currently installing 25-foot long wooden pilings to help support the new boards. In all, more than 1,500 pilings are expected to be installed. The actually process of installing pilings is relatively simple - following the planning, measuring and surveying, that is. A large drill bores deep into the beach while a second heavy machine lowers the pilings into place while its pile driver attachment hammers it into the ground. About 64 pilings are expected to be installed each day. Seaside's boardwalk is expected to be rebuilt on or before May 10.