Recent News

Members of OBVTA recently participated in the Toms River “Hackathon” where Ortley Beach residents were asked to brainstorm what we would have done differently after superstorm Sandy, and what can be done now, to make Ortley Beach more resilient to future storms and rising ocean water levels. The output of the workshop is available HERE

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Steve Sherrill, our OBVTA member who is responsible for all aspects of membership, including recruiting new members, retaining existing ones, and keeping everyone’s membership record up to date has produced a detailed report of the 2017 membership efforts and results. The report can be found HERE

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Ortley BeachJam 2017 was a Great Success!

Ortley BeachJam 2017 was a huge success this past weekend with nearly 600 people attending. Thank you to Rick Jurgens and all the volunteers who make this event happen each year. Everyone had lots of fun, the food was excellent and many declared it the “Best BeachJam Ever”. Many, many exciting prizes were also awarded. If you missed it, we hope you can attend next year.

We would also like to thank all of our sponsors who are listed below. Together they donated nearly $4000.00. Without their help, this event would not be possible.

Walters Homes; Spirits; DAKAN Homes; KW Realtors; Golden Gate Chinese; Bill’s Italian Ice; Mills Heating and AC ;VWV Construction; Starlight Motel; Birchler Realtors; Jerry’s Farm Market; Barnacle Bill’s; Ortley Seafood Market; Rockafella’s by Sea; Mia’s Pizza & CafĂ©; Kali’Os Juice Box

See videos and pictures of the event below.

Shakespeare on the Beach was Fun for All

Friends of Ortley Beach hosted a very successful and fun event on the beach last week. The Toms River Shakespeare Festival performed “The Tempest” under beautiful skies with the sound of waves breaking just behind.

Pictures for the event are below.

Friends of Ortley Beach: Kites and Cones a Huge Success

Friends of Ortley Beach held their Kites and Cones event this past weekend. It was a huge success with about 50 kites up at one time! It is wonderful to have an expanded beach, not just for sunbathing, but for events like this too. Thanks to Cooper Electric and Dakan Homes for sponsoring this event.

Below are a few pictures from the event.

The next Friends of Ortley Beach event is Shakespeare “The Tempest”, on the beach August 3rd at 6:00pm. More information can be found on their Facebook page: HERE

Beach Replenishment Will Probably Finish This Week

Pictures from the beach this evening are below. The beach south of 7th Ave. to Seaside Heights is complete. Work is now progressing near 3rd Ave and the work will probably be completed late this week. The additional work for the new larger and higher dunes and wider beach will commence sometime in the fall.

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Officers of OBVTA participated in the NJ DEP Press conference last week on our boardwalk to officially announce start of this critically important project. Pictures of the event, of the ongoing project over the weekend and links to recent news articles are below.

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A link to the NJ DEP Press Release with details of the project can be found HERE

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Three recent news articles can be found at the links below:

Patch May 31st

News 12 May 31st

ShoreBeat May 31st

Beach Replenishment Has Started!

Great News!

The beach replenishment dredge arrived over the weekend and they have started pumping sand onto the to beach.

The single dredge that is here is expected to be joined by another later this week and they will pump sand onto Ortley Beach for about two weeks, or until the project is complete. Actual timing will depend on equipment arrival, the weather and the condition of the “borrowing area”, from where the sand is taken. Because the borrowing area is offshore from Seaside, it is too far to pump sand directly onto the beach. Instead, you will see the dredge travel out to the borrowing area, fill with sand, then come close to Ortley Beach and pump the sand onto the beach. This will be repeated over and over. They will be replenishing from 7th Ave south to Seaside, then move the pipes on the beach and replenish from 7th Ave north to Lavallette.

As a reminder, this is only a temporary fill. It will raise the beach a few feet and extend it about 150′ toward the ocean. Later this year, scheduled for November or December, the US Army Corps will return and build the new dunes and an even larger beach.

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A recent news article with video can be found HERE

…And another interesting article about the long term consequences of beach replenishment: Interesting News Article

Friends of Ortley Beach holds Lord House Dedication

On Saturday, May 6th Friends of Ortley Beach held their first event. A new plaque was unveiled that shows the original structure on the site of the current Lord House life guard house on the boardwalk at 4th Avenue. The original structure on the site was the Ortley Inn, about 1900. Ancestors of the original owners attended the event as well as Toms River Mayor Kelaher and Council woman Maria Maruca. The program for this great event is HERE

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OCUA Says “No” to use of property as passive park

Despite the best efforts of OBVTA and many of its members, the Ocean County Utility Authority voted “No” on converting any portion of their property in Ortley Beach to a park for passive recreation. About 40 members of OBVTA attended their public meeting on Thursday, August 25th. Chairman Parker allowed each commissioner to make a statement about whether they supported , or opposed the use of their property for passive recreation. A few were neutral, but most had one excuse or another to not allow such use. Many of their excuses were based on incorrect information, despite our best efforts to educate them. Following their statements, Chairman Parker stated his own objections, which again seemed to assume that OCUA would “lose” their property. He was closed minded about the entire idea from the beginning, stays that way, and has strong influence over all of the commissioners. Paul Jeffrey, President, clarified many of the facts and made yet another plea to allow the conversion to passive recreation use. Several OBVTA members then very well articulated their views. Unfortunately Toms River did not send a representative to the meeting despite our requests to do so, and this weakened our position. The commissioners listened, but clearly had their minds made up before coming to the meeting. Following a short closed session, the OCUA board returned to the meeting room, a motion was made to keep use of the OCUA land as it is now and took a vote. The commissioner votes were unanimous to support no change. The OBVTA Board has not decided on next steps, if any, but will discuss at our next Board meeting.