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Ortley Beach March and Rally for the Dunes

OBVTA Members, Residents and Friends of Ortley Beach,

Thank you all for a hugely successful July 18th march and rally for the dunes. Over 500 people participated!
We got great news coverage in the papers, online and on TV.
This kind of effort by all of you is making a difference.

Now that we have the letter (in writing!) from Commissioner Martin of NJ DEP agreeing that the dune and beach replenishment project can be completed in sections, the OBVTA Board will continue to work with Toms River, our State legislators and surrounding communities to obtain more easements and push for action on the eminent domain process. We will have future communications with NJ DEP and keep you informed.

Attached are a few pictures and links to articles and news stories that covered the event on Saturday.
Enjoy, you made it happen.

Also is a link to a great documentary from our Trenton rally which is airing on Asbury Park TV. Thank you to Kelly McKenna for this!

Paul Jeffrey, President, OBVTA

Please click on the link below to view Video and Pics of the Rally on Saturday 7/18. (Compliments of Stop FEMA Now)
Rally to raise the Dunes in Ortley, NJ Lead up Story: Story:

News 12 Story (for subscribers only):

Link to Documentary from Rally to Trenton:

Toms River Continues to Provide Aid

Toms River continues to aid those who need assistance with addressing “substantial damage” letters. They have assigned members of the Building department to help homeowners understand the best action to take. You can also contact the Township engineer, Bob Chankalian at

The 2012 tax assessment (determined in October of 2011) should have been used as the basis for the pre-storm structure value assessment. If this was not the case for you, please contact township engineer Bob Chankalian.

Stop FEMA Now

Stop FEMA Now:

A grassroots organization called “Stop FEMA Now” has formed and is providing useful information regarding the proposed FEMA maps, the rebuilding process, and whether to reopen your flood insurance claim. Please check out their webpage and join them on Facebook or Twitter.

StopFEMANow is a group of concerned citizens, who have not only been effected by Super Storm Sandy, but who have been impacted on varying levels by the implications of the new FEMA flood maps. The decision to adopt these maps is premature and requires additional consideration. We want to, quite simply, Stop FEMA Now!

If you’re interested in joining our movement please share these links, spread the word, and visit

stopfemanow website stopfemanow facebook

Trenton Rally


CHECK OUT THIS LINK to the 30 minute interview Paul Jeffery conducted with Maggie of WMGQ, 98.3 FM It aired live last weekend and her producer put together this package with the video. The link includes the written story, the 30 minute radio show, and an Ortley Beach video.

There have been several interesting articles in the press recently about the Trenton rally held May 14th. Links are provided below:



Newscasts, Pics and Videos of Rally in Trenton

Posted: 15 May 2015 07:30 AM PDT

NJ Politics:

OBVTA Protesters Target Governor Christie’s Promises




NJ TV ONLINE        (OBVTA Rally begins at 11:50 on this video link)