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.
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.
A link to the NJ DEP Press Release with details of the project can be found HERE
Three recent news articles can be found at the links below:
Patch May 31st
News 12 May 31st
ShoreBeat May 31st
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.
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
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
Governor Christie promises additional funds to Toms River for Sandy Recovery.
See articles below.
NJ.com Article on Additional Sandy Aid
Patch Article on Additional Sandy Aid
Ortley BeachJam 2016 was a huge success with 600 people in attendance!
The schedule of amazing BeachJam 2016 events that everyone enjoyed can be found at this link: OB BeachJam 2016 Schedule events
The event and the contests were only possible because of over 40 people who donated ther time to plan, set up, conduct and take down all the events. Please note our wonderful business sponsors in Ortley Beach and frequent their businesses:
Ortley BeachJam 2016 Sponsors
On Wednesday, August 17th the Toms River Planning Board heard comments from residents of Toms River, including Ortley Beach, about public comments collected as input to revision of the Master Plan.
Comments and recommendations collected at our OBVTA meetings and at other venues received from Ortley Beach residents and OBVTA members are shown at the link below.
Please note that the Township and Planning Board have not yet taken a position on these recommendations and comments provided by Ortley Beach residents. During the Wednesday evening meeting The Planning Board was presented with all the comments regarding rezoning and redevelopment area requests. The purpose of the meeting was to get policy direction from the public and the Planning Board regarding these matters only.
The next step will be public hearings on the proposals put forth by the Toms River Planning Dept. to the Planning Board. Those hearings will probably occur in October and we will keep you informed of the dates.
OBVTA 2016 Master Plan Recommendations
A complete list of public input for all of Toms River for the revised master plan can be found here
See recent communication below from the NJ DEP on dune and beach replenishment:
As of July 29, the State of NJ conveyed all the necessary properties (including associated paperwork) to the US Army Corps. NJ DEP discussed timing with US Army Corps at an event with Senator Booker. They are finalizing their plans and are striving to conclude that by end of August. In all likelihood, the actual bid will start beginning of September. Between the DEP and Senator Booker, NJ DEP is applying as much pressure to have this huge project out to bid as soon as possible. There should be a firm bid date in the next couple weeks.
In the interim, NJ DEP has focused their workforce to tackle the outstanding properties in Pt. Pleasant, Bay Head, and Berkeley (the “option” areas for the contract). They hope to have those properties completed by end-of-year.
Also see the article HERE on Toms River’s plans for temporary dune work that will likely be needed prior to the project completion.
And an article HERE about the ongoing issues with property owners in Bayhead.
OBVTA had a successful meeting with the Ocean County Utility Authority and again pleaded that a portion of their property be converted to a public park. While the Authority Chairman, John Parker, raised several objections, OBVTA had a counter argument for each objection. Several OBVTA members spoke including Paul Jeffrey, President, Mike Wymbs, Director, and OBVTA members Paul Lagana, Sherman Barton, Bill Kastow and Robert Steigelman. Together we made strong arguments for OCUA to consider our proposal. Press coverage included Asbury Park Press, WOBM 92.7 FM Radio, News Channel 12 and ShoreBeat. Links to the articles are below
At the end of the meeting OCUA Chairman John Parker agreed to speak with the other OCUA commissioners and discuss our proposal. He, himself, remains strongly against any change.
Asbury Park Press Article: OBVTA at OCUA 7-28-16
ShoreBeat Article on OBVTA at OCUA
WOBM, 92.7 FM Radio, Toms River article, photos and Chairman Parker response.
Judge Ford has issued a ruling in favor of the State of New Jersey that will allow the condemnation of oceanfront property to continue. This is great news as it means the slow and ardous process to replenish our beaches and dunes can continue. While the oceanfront property owners are likely to appeal, we are still optimistic that the project can begin sometime in 2016.
You can find the full story at the link
A copy of the full ruling is at the link below.
Dune Easements Northern Ocean County Decision March 30 2016
OBVTA members of the Board recently had another update teleconference with NJ DEP. This was a follow-up call to our previous discussions. We are pleased to report that significant progress has been made by the NJ DEP in obtainig the remaining easements required for the dune and beach replenishment program to begin. Also, nearly all of the beach associations in Brick and Toms River have now signed the revised easement or resolved any side agreement issues.
However, there is a pending decision by NJ Judge Ford that is expected soon with regard to the lawsuits filed by a group of property owners in Pt Pleasant, Bayhead and nearby towns. If that decision upholds the NJ DEP authority to proceed, then there is a high liklihood that the project will begin sometime this year, although not as soon as hoped. We will keep you posted as we hear more and can provide additional details.
While Ortley Beach escaped the serious flooding experienced by Cape May County, the temporary dune system is essentially completely destroyed. Toms River added a secondary line of dunes near the ocean prior to the storm, but that dune line, a second dune line and the primry dunes were all substantially washed away by three consecutive high tides. Pictures are below.
The highest tide on the bayside occurred Sunday about noon, but flooding was limited to the usual low lying streets.
We will be in contact with Toms River officials this week who will surely promptly restore the temporary dunes – until the next storm.
In the meantime, OBVTA continues to receive updates from NJ DEP and the NJ Attorney General’s office who are attempting to obtain the necessary easements for the permanent dune system. As well as a quite a few holdouts which are advancing in the eminent domain process, there is incresing concern about the beach associations in Toms River and Brick who have not signed the new easement that is required to replace the prior easement plus side agreement. More about that soon.
An official report on the NJ storm damage is here: