Archive for April, 2019

New Jersey Organizing Project (NJOP) Meeting will offer info on Remaining Sandy Assistance and Future Storm Resilience

As we head into the 7th Anniversary of superstorm Sandy – now more than ever – we need to come together as a community and ensure families are aware of remaining assistance programs and as many as possible get help.

Or, even if your home was not severely impacted by Sandy, but are you worried about being better prepared for future flooding and storms, then come and learn about what you can do

If you have questions about 1) New Sandy assistance programs 2) The clawback freeze 3)Foreclosure forbearance or 4) how to be better prepared next time, then:

Come to the open NJOP community meeting in Brick on Saturday May 4th. Together we can figure out how to move forward, address things that do not work for us, and find solutions that work for OUR communities.

Meeting Details: May 4th 2:00pm – 4:00pm. Location: Seeds of Service 725 Mantoloking Road, Brick, NJ

If you are on Facebook, details on this event and others are at the links below.

NJOP Meeting in Brick: May 4th

NJOP Meeting in Ventner on April 27th

NJOP Meeting in Port Monmouth May 19th

Update on the Surf Club: Member Action Needed!

As you may know, there have been numerous developer proposals made for the Surf Club property located on Ocean Ave. However, none of them have been acceptable to the Club owners, Toms River and the OBVTA members. Fortunately the Surf Club owners are now willing to consider offers from the State of New Jersey Green Acres program to preserve the property and convert it to public beach – forever. And the Township of Toms River has agreed to make significant boardwalk improvements to the area if the acquisition can be finalized.

However, we need your help in persuading Toms River to support the acquisition of the property. This will further the preservation of open space in Ortley Beach and be in compliance with the public trust placed with our township government. Toms River must do all that is possible to ensure this vital oceanfront property is acquired, outfitted, and rehabilitated for public access and recreation, and then maintained.

This topic was thoroughly discussed at the OBVTA General Meeting held last Saturday and all agreed that the more our voices are heard, the better. So, if you support the purchase of the Surf Club property to become public beach through Blue/Green Areas funding, with the assistance, encouragement and support of Toms River, please let your voice be heard by mailing the letter at the link below to George Wittmann, President of the Toms River Council. We have left room at the bottom of the letter for you to add your own personal comments and your signature. If you prefer, you can draft your own letter and use the same address.

Alternatively, you can email Council President Wittmann at with your comments, or sign and attach the letter we have provided.

One way or another, please make your voice heard. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to convert the Surf Club property to public beach for the betterment of Ortley Beach … and all of Toms River.

OBVTA Member Surf Club Letter 19-April-13