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Seaside Park, Seaside Heights, Pelican Islands Allow Residents Home Today

Residents of Seaside Heights, Seaside Park and Pelican Island will all be allowed to return to their homes on Monday.

Hurricane Sandy damage in Holgate, Mystic Islands, Ortley Beach and Lavalette,
Hurricane Sandy damage in Holgate, Mystic Islands, Ortley Beach and Lavalette ((Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)

All 3 communities are allowing entrance between 8AM and 3PM with positive ID required and all are allowing residents to bring their own vehicle onto the island.

There was some confusion as residents gathered as the Seaside Heights information was made available late on Sunday.

Mayor Bill Akers in a statement on the Borough of Seaside Heights website cautioned that  traffic lights aren’t working and many street signs are missing. There is a speed limit of 5MPH and all intersections should be considered 4-way stops.

SEASIDE PARK

According to a statement on the Borough of Seaside Park website residents will be directed to a registration point before going to their homes and given a re-entry sticker. The sticker will grant unlimited access to Seaside Park.

Vehicles having a Re-Entry sticker must accompany and escort any contractor, plumber or inspector/adjuster personally.

Seaside Park residents were allowed back to their homes last Monday but unsafe road conditions and the Nor’easter forced officials to cancel a second day of returns.

 

PELICAN ISLAND

In a notice posted on the Toms River Township website, full-Time residents of Chadwick Beach, Chadwick Beach Island and Silver Beach will be allowed in on Monday from 8AM-3PM. Full-Time residents of Normandy Beach and Shores will be allowed in on Tuesday from 8AM-3PM.

ORTLEY BEACH OFF-LIMITS

Damage from Sandy in Ortley Beach
Damage from Sandy in Ortley Beach (Township of Toms River)

Meanwhile, residents of Ortley Beach are growing impatient at not being allowed back to their homes.

“(Toms River Police) Chief Mastronardy will let residents know what streets will be allowed in first, and this information will be posted on the township website at TomsRiverTownship.com.  People can also sign up for the reverse 911 system, as well, to be notified,” according to a website post.

The website message asks residents not to continue demanding access from police and township officials. “A plan is in place to provide access to homes, on a street by street, house by house basis.  What you think you see on the internet, or hear from friends, does not mean that there is truly a clear path and that there is not a sinkhole on your street. Engineers will make their assessments first.”

Based on the reports by engineers, “There are many homes, unfortunately, where access to the property will not be permitted,” warns the website message.

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