Permit backlog halts homecoming in 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

Residents displaced by Superstorm Sandy say construction is being held up by the delay.

Residents displaced by Superstorm Sandy say construction is being held up by the delay. (1/31/13)

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.

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