Ortley Beach residents re-entry begins tomorrow

Plan for re-entry into Ortley Beach

Plan for re-entry into Ortley Beach (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

ORTLEY BEACH - Residents of the Ortley Beach section of Toms River Township will have the chance to re-enter the area tomorrow.

The plan will be enacted in two phases. Phase one will enable residents to retrieve personal items. Phase two will account for winterization and flood remediation.

Ortley Beach Re-entry Plan

The Toms River Police Department is implementing a plan to enable residents of the Ortley Beach Section of Toms River Township to re-enter the area. This plan will be enacted in two phases. Phase one will enable residents to retrieve personal items. Phase two will account for winterization and flood remediation.

Since the beginning of this event Toms River Township has acted in the best interest of our citizens. The Township is proud of the fact that we have had no loss of life or serious injury due to Hurricane Sandy.


The plan is to include the following steps:

Registration Site: Bellcrest Plaza 935 Fischer Blvd.

Registration - To register the resident will provide a photo ID which will be surrendered and stored onsite with the registration form. They will then be given a carbon copy of their registration form (which becomes their ticket to board the bus) and a PASS to wear while in the affected area. Upon return to the mainland the resident will surrender the pass and their photo ID will be returned to them. (This will ensure that no resident is left behind).

Each bus will have an officer accompanying it to the affected area.

Entry to the affected area will be restricted to residents only. Two people per residence and proper identification (driver's license, tax or utility bill) is required.

A perimeter will be established and manned by police officers around the area in which residents will arrive.

Residents will be transported to Ortley Beach from the Bellcrest Plaza (935 Fischer Blvd) Toms River via Toms River Regional School bus.

A predetermined schedule (listing the streets to be addressed each day) will be posted on the Township website to advise residents what day to arrive.

Residence will have a reasonable amount of time to retrieve items they deem essential to themselves and their families.

These items will be limited to storage in a carry on suitcase that can be placed on the residents lap upon return.

The homes and infrastructure in many areas have been severely damaged. As such, ALL RESIDENTS CHOSING TO VOLUNTARILY ENTER THEIR HOMES TO INSPECT/REMOVE PERSONAL ITEMS DO SO AT THEIR OWN RISK.

Residents are reminded to use caution in and around their homes. Residents will not be permitted to wander to other unsecured areas.

SCHEDULE: Registration will take place at 08:00 at the Bellcrest Plaza 935 Fischer Blvd, Toms River.

08:00 to 08:45 registration

08:45 buses leave for Ortley Beach.

The busses will make continual loops between the affected area and the registration site.

Wednesday 11/14/2012 Rt. 35N to Rt. 35S Lavallette to Seaside Heights

Thursday 11/15/2012 TBA

Friday 11/16/2012 TBA

Saturday 11/17/2012 TBA

Sunday 11/18/2012 TBA Monday 11/19/2012 TBA

The locations to be announced will be dictated by safety. The Toms River Building Department is working diligently to mark out hazards and we must follow their lead. There should be 48 hours´┐Ż notice on the Township Website.

The busses will run between 08:45 and 3:00PM. All residents are to leave the Barrier Island by 3:00PM.

PHASE #2 - To be announced.

The geography of Ortley Beach changes daily. The State of New Jersey, Department of Transportation, the Township of Toms River and our partners are working feverishly to improve the roads in Ortley Beach. Many sinkholes have been observed and repaired but some remain un-remediated. Conditions improve daily but there is much work to do. The second phase of this plan remains fluid and will be posted as soon as practical.

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