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.

Recent News Articles of Interest

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

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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

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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

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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.

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Also see the article HERE on Toms River’s plans for temporary dune work that will likely be needed prior to the project completion.

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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.

Ocean Beach Fire House Needs Volunteers

The Ocean Beach Volunteer Fire Company is actively and aggressively seeking new applicants for their organization. Full-time members do not need any training just full-time residency on the barrier island, free training will be provided. Seasonal/Part-Time members just need to have firefighting training already and spend a good amount of time on the island. Members should be 18 years of age or older and should be willing and able to get involved with the community. Members are eligible for several benefits such as a pension plan, clothing allowance, gym membership and more. Please consider getting involved and supporting the community, we would love to meet you!! For more information stop by the Fire House, 40 Kittiwake Ave. Ocean Beach on a Tuesday night after 7pm, check us out on Facebook (Ocean Beach Fire), our wesbite www.oceanbeachfire.com or email Drew Calvo at dcalvo@trfire.org. Dover Brick First Aid Squad is also looking for new members to assist in providing EMS service to the Barrier Island. Free training is available and current EMTs are also very welcome! Please contact the squad at (732) 793-1334. Thank you very much, Drew Calvo Captain Recruitment Committee 732-803-8425

Judge Rules that State of N.J. has Power to Condemn Oceanfront Property for Dune Replenishment

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 here

A copy of the full ruling is at the link below.

Dune Easements Northern Ocean County Decision March 30 2016

Update on Dune and Beach Replenishment Project

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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.

Ortley Beach After January Nor’Easter

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.

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An official report on the NJ storm damage is here: STORM SURVEY.

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Below are some recent news articles

An Ortley Beach superstorm Sandy hero passes away at age 29:

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2015/08/a_young_sandy_hero_dies_during_her_personal_recove.html?ath=ab3947c3c7a2e23206961b100cb2890c#cmpid=nsltr_strybutton

Below are several articles about the dune replenishment project and our efforts to get the project underway:

http://politickernj.com/2015/08/protesters-storm-christies-fundraiser-in-asbury-park/

http://www.app.com/videos/news/2015/08/05/31140663/

http://www.app.com/story/news/local/ocean-county/2015/08/06/army-corps-rejects-toms-river-easements/31243283/

http://www.app.com/story/news/local/ocean-county/2015/08/07/still-stuck-sand/31307251/