Paying It Forward: Helping Florence victims in North Carolina

Many of you will remember the volunteers from North Carolina Baptists who helped so many of us after superstorm Sandy. They helped clean homes, gutted water logged residences and cleaned nasty wet crawlspaces. Now, as a result of hurricane Florence, they are the ones in trouble – and it’s time for us to pay back.

OBVTA has joined forces with Joan Delucia of Weekday Warriors to collect items for delivery to our friends in North Carolina. The supplies and financial donations will go directly to the NC Baptists in Lumberton, North Carolina that helped us here. Items to be donated and the drop off locations in Orltey beach can be found HERE .

Payments by check should be made payable to: NCBM and mailed to:

North Carolina Baptist Mission

Attn Billy Layton

141 Avent Road, Lumberton, NC 28358

In the check memo it is very important to write “Bill L Lumberton Disaster”.

Please also wait a few days to send your check because we are concerned that mail delivery is not yet back to normal and we do not want checks to be lost in the mail.

We thank you – and our friends in North Carolina Thank you!

Beach Replenishment Advancing

The Dune and beach replenishment project is slowly continuing north along Ortley Beach. The entrance at Harding Ave is now open. Entrances at Coolidge and Fort are now open. The entrance at Fielder is now closed, but looks like it will open soon as the path is mostly constructed. Replenishment is currently active in front of the old Surf Club site.

Toms River continues to post updates in “Notices” at their website HERE

The seven pictures below were taken on September 6th.

The three pictures below were taken on August 31st.

You can see pictures taken August 16th below.

BeachJam a Success Yet Again!

Despite the on again off again weather, the 4th annual BeachJam was a great success! We successfully dodged the raindrops, AND the thunder and lightning and had a really good time.

A big thank you to Rick Jurgens for leading the volunteer effort to make it a success – and to the nearly 40 volunteers who all gave their time and effort.

Last but not least, thank you to all the local business sponsors who donated gifts and donations to the event. Local businesses donated over $4,000 to help defray the costs. See the list of supporting businesses HERE .

Pictures are below.

Beach Replenishment continues in Ortley Beach

Beach replenishment is ongoing and the beach remains closed south of Fielder Ave. The ongoing operation produced a wonderful swimming pool over the weekend which was enjoyed by many.

Because sections of our beach are now closed, Ortley Beach badges will be honored in Seaside Heights.

You can find the latest information on Beach replenishment and beach closures at the link below. As of July 31st the beach and entrances south of Fielder are closed.

Look in “Notices” about beach closures

See the article below for the latest news article on beach replenishment in Ortley Beach. The link in the story that provides daily updates on which portions of our beach will be closed can be found on our OBVTA website Homepage and on “Useful Links” tab.

Article on Beach Replenishment Starting in Ortley Beach

Also, below is an article on why Ortley Beach had lots of brown clumps and dirty water this week.

Article on Dark Water on beach

DANGEROUS JELLYFISH AT TICES SHOALS: SEE ARTICLE AT LINK BELOW:

Article on Jellyfish at Tices Shoals

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Below are three previous stories of interest concerning Toms River.

Story on Abandoned Properties

Story on new portal to Toms River public records

Patch article on Toms River purchase of downtown hotel property.

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Toms River Gets Larger Discount on Flood Insurance Rates

Toms River announced that our town’s FEMA CRS rating has improved from an 8 to a 7, resulting in a 5% increased flood insurance policy discount. The previous discount was 10%; it will now be 15%. Details are provided in the article HERE

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Latest News on the EMS Site

Toms River is beginning the planning process for the previous EMS site. For this summer it will be used just for parking while plans are developed. Toms River has agreed to include OBVTA in the planning and design process. The site has some limitations due to size and the requirement to build to rigorous flood standards. A recent Shorebeat article can be read HERE

This is What Finished Dunes Look Like

Below are some pictures of the completed dune and beach project in Mantaloking. While ours will not be identical, they will be similar and the handicap ramps shown here are similar to those that will be built down to the beach from each guardhouse. Timing for the project in Ortley Beach is still uncertain, but probably late summer or fall. We will keep you informed as soon as the US Army Corps provides more certain timing.

Latest Spring News

The paving project is proceeding rapidly. As of today most of the streets west of Washington Ave are finished. Also, most of the streets east of Rte 35 North are finished. What an improvement! Ortley Beach is looking great. See pictures of the ongoing work below.

Latest update on Dune and Beach Replenishment

Dune replenishment in Ortley Beach may be delayed again. The project was delayed when hurricanes that traveled up the coast earlier this year required the contractor to move all of his equipment to safe harbors to avoid damage. Now, the severe winter cold and equipment breakdowns have put the US Army Corps even further behind schedule. The US ACE is currently working in Mantaloking and are slowly making their way south. Ortley Beach dune replenishment will most likely now occur in the late summer, or the fall of 2018, after Seaside Heights. We will keep you posted as work progresses.

See recent Asbury Park Press article HERE