SEASIDE HEIGHTS - Seaside Heights residents displaced by Superstorm Sandy say a backlog of construction permits is further delaying their return home.
Josephine Defeis, of Bay Avenue, says her contractor applied for a permit to lay down sub-flooring five weeks ago. Defeis told News 12 New Jersey that she visited Borough Hall several times only to be told it is still being worked on. The 58-year-old social worker and grandmother says there’s just one employee handling the permits manually.
Borough Administrator John Camera says there is a backlog, but he says it's just a one- to two-week delay. Camera says high demand for construction permits following Hurricane Sandy has been overwhelming with just one clerical person and three part-time inspectors.
Camera says the state did send in three inspectors to help out, and that the borough has hired an additional clerical assistant to speed up the process.