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Archive for November, 2012

Posted November 30, 2012

The Borough of Seaside Park has contracted the services of AshBritt Environmental for the removal of debris generated from Hurricane Sandy.

Residents should follow these guidelines when placing their debris on the curb:


– Separate debris by category (household garbage, demolition debris, brush, appliances or metal items, electronic items).  Appliances, metal, brush, and electronic waste will be collected by the Borough.


– Place the debris in the “right of way” or between the sidewalk and the curb.  Material will NOT be collected on private property.  Any incidental material left over after the contractor has removed the major debris should be swept up by the homeowner and placed in a garbage can to be collected by the Borough.


-AshBritt does not dump garbage cans.  Material in garbage cans will be collected by the Borough. For the safety our workers -please do not overload your cans!  The 50lb weight limit is still in effect.


– Share debris piles with neighbors


– Do not block roadways or driveways


– Empty the contents of your refrigerator and freezer. Secure the doors with duct tape, or remove the doors completely.


– Do not set debris against trees, poles or any other fixed objects, as it makes it more difficult for clean-up crews.


– Avoid placing debris near fire hydrants, storm drains and utility boxes.


– Household Hazardous Waste should not be placed on the curb for health, safety and environmental concerns.   Please see the Ocean County flyer for additional HHW disposal days and locations.


Curbside Debris Removal is tentatively scheduled through the beginning of December 2012. Please continue to visit the Borough of Seaside Park website for updated information.

Posted November 30, 2012

We are pleased to announce that the Seaside Park Holiday Beach Badges are now on sale at the Borough Hall’s temporary office at 10 Allen St, Toms River. Seasonal Holiday Badges are $52 and Senior Holiday Badges are $22. ID for Senior Badges will be verified at time of redemption.

Each Holiday Badge entitles the bearer to ONE 2013 beach badge in May 2013. The customer may keep both the Holiday Badge and 2013 beach badge at time of redemption.

We accept cash or check (with Driver’s License and Phone Number).

For more information, call 732-793-3700 ext. 405

Posted November 29, 2012

TZU Chi Foundation

 The Seaside Park Police Department is sponsoring the TZU Chi Foundation’s Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort. The TZU Chi Foundation has generously offered to help displaced full-time residents of Seaside Park that have not received assistance from FEMA or private insurance. They will be distributing blankets and debit cards on Saturday December 1st, 9 A.M. at Central Regional Middle School located at 509 Forest Hills Parkway Bayville, NJ. To be eligible, you must pick up your pass at the Seaside Park Police Department, 6th & Central Avenues, on Thursday or Friday of this week between 10 A.M. and 1 P.M. To obtain your pass you must bring a photo ID showing that you are a full-time Seaside Park resident and only one pass will be issued per household.

**Passes are limited and they will be distributed on a first come first serve basis**


We realize we are providing this information on short notice. The Seaside Park Police Department was just made aware of this opportunity and wanted to accommodate as many residents affected by Hurricane Sandy as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Posted November 29, 2012

The Seaside Park Water Department, submitted a comprehensive testing
analysis to the NJDEP Bureau of Safe Drinking Water. The NJDEP reviewed and
approved the results and we quote: “please be informed that the water
quality samples collected 11/19/12 are satisfactory (negative for Total
Coliform with acceptable chlorine residuals), therefore, the Boil Water
Advisory can be lifted.”

The water is safe and the system can be operated under normal conditions.
If you want your meter installed please contact #732-731-8510 and to schedule a
visit between 9 am to 2 pm Monday thru Friday. Please be advised that someone                          needs to be present when the reconnection is performed.

Once the water has been turned on and meter installed, there will not be any turn offs unless an emergency occurs. So be sure you are ready to have the water turned on because we will not be returning to turn it off.

The winterization of your home is your responsibility.


Posted November 26, 2012


Planning Board

Notice of Re-Scheduled Meeting and Change of Location

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq. that the Tuesday, November 27th regular meeting of the Borough of Seaside Park Planning Board has been re-scheduled for Thursday, November 29th at the Township of Toms River Municipal Complex beginning at 7:00 p.m. It is anticipated that formal action will be taken.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE, this meeting will be held in the second floor Council Meeting Room located at33   Washington Street, Toms River, NJ.




Karen Barna

Borough Clerk


November 24, 2012



c:   • Filed in the Office of theSeasideParkBorough Clerk

• Posted in the Seaside Park Borough Hall

•Asbury ParkPress


Posted November 26, 2012


Notice of Change of Location

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq. that the Monday, November 26th regular meeting of the Borough of Seaside Park Zoning Board of Adjustment has been moved to the Ocean County Library beginning at 7:00 p.m. Formal action will be taken.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE, this meeting will be held in the Bishop Building located at 101 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ.




Karen Barna

Borough Clerk


November 21, 2012



c:   • Filed in the Office of theSeasideParkBorough Clerk

• Posted in the Seaside Park Borough Hall

•Asbury ParkPress

Posted November 22, 2012
The Seaside Park Police Department (SPPD) has been working tirelessly to protect and assist the community since before Sandy hit. Even though officers are displaced from their homes, they have been working around the clock in service to the community, despite lacking supplies. Detective Bonner has provided the following information:
Officers will be collecting these donations at the checkpoint located on Route 35 south (at the entrance into Seaside Park):New cold weather gear
New jackets
New gloves
Rain gear
Waterproof items
Duty boots
New socks
BDU Pants
Utility pants
New Towels
Bottled Water/Soda
Non perishable food products
Paper products
Gift cards and monetary donations are also accepted and kindly appreciatedThe SPPD has established a Facebook page, Seaside Park PBA (, to use as a means of accepting donations. The following is the link to their paypal donation site.


Posted November 22, 2012

The Seaside Park Volunteer Fire Company has been staffed by volunteers around the clock since October 27th. Our community has sustained devastating losses and our membership is still actively involved in rebuilding efforts. Our equipment has been damaged and lost during rescue and recovery operations. We have always relied heavily on donations to purchase needed equipment. Please help us protect and rebuild Seaside Park.” You can make a donation by clicking below.

Posted November 20, 2012


Electrical Service Restoration

The Borough of Seaside Park, in coordination with the Borough’s OEM, the Building and Construction Department, the Borough Engineer, and JCP&L have developed a procedure to protect and ensure the highest possible degree of safety for all of its residents and businesses when the electric lines are energized. This effort will minimize any possible fires produced by a sudden electrical surge in the electric system that were under water during the storm. JCP&L will begin re-stabilizing electric service to Seaside Park residents beginning on Monday, November 26, 2012.

The process is divided into several steps:

  • Electric meter removal – Meters were pulled for several reasons which include but are not limited to: damage in the meter, meter was under water, the electrical panel was under water, electric outlets were under water for an extended period of time, or where the flood elevation was not determined.
  • Once the removal process is completed, JCP&L will start energizing the Borough street by street.
  • If your electric meter was not removed, power will be restored in the sequence established by JCP&L.
  • Re-installation:

If your meter was removed and you know that the electric service was NOT subject to the above, please contact the Building Department at 732-793-5100 or at the temporary Borough Hall located at 10 Allen Street in Toms River to arrange a site visit; once the inspection of the panel is completed, the Building Department will generate a re-installation card for JCP&L.

Please allow a minimum of three to four days after the site visit for the re-installation of the meter.

If your panel was under water, please contract a licensed electrical contractor to inspect your electrical system. Once that is completed, please contact the Building Department to arrange for a site visit. Once the inspection of the panel is completed, the Building Department will generate a re-installation card for JCP&L. Please allow the minimum of three to four days after the site visit for the re-installation of the electric meter.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we continue to coordinate our recovery efforts from this emergency and restore our town’s vital functions.

For more information on reconnection of service and billing please visit JCP&L’s Hurricane Sandy Information page:

Posted November 20, 2012

The temporary Seaside Park Borough Hall located at 10 Allen Street in Toms River will be closed on Thursday, November 22nd and Friday, November 23rd for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Hours of operation will resume on Saturday, November 24th as follows:

Saturday and Sunday – 8am till 12 noon

Monday thru Friday – 8am till 4pm

The Borough of Seaside Park will remain open to residents, homeowners and contractors will the appropriate Re-entry Sticker or Entry Work Permit between the hours of 8am and 3pm.

Posted November 15, 2012

For your convenience the temporarily relocated Borough Hall office at 10 Allen Street will be open from 8 AM to 12 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

Re-entry permits and contractor’s work permits can be obtained at this location.

Google Map:
Seaside Park Borough Hall (Temporary Location)

10 Allen Street
Toms River, NJ 08753

Hours of operation:
Monday – Friday: 8 AM to 4 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 8 AM to 12 PM

Posted November 13, 2012


Returning residents and visitors to the Ocean County barrier island communities of Chadwick Beach, Lavallette, Mantoloking, Seaside Heights, Seaside Park, South Seaside Park, Pelican Island and Brick, Toms River and Berkeley Township portions of the Barrier Island (e.g. Normandy Beach, Ortley Beach, Dover Beach North, Dover Beach South), are advised NOT to use the water supply for drinking, cooking, brushing teeth, making baby formula or juice, feeding to pets, or other consumptive uses.


Posted November 11, 2012

From Wednesday, November 14th onward, the rules for re-entry into Seaside Park are as follows:

  • Only authorized civilian vehicles displaying a Re-entry Sticker or an Entry Work Permit will be granted access into Seaside Park.
  • Residents and homeowners can obtain a re-entry sticker at the temporary Borough Hall located at 10 Allen Street in Toms River, New Jersey beginning on Wednesday November 14th. Identification and proof of residency will be required. A Re-entry sticker will be provided to approved residents and homeowners. Vehicle’s displaying a Re-entry sticker will be granted access into Seaside Park only. Vehicles with a Re-Entry sticker will have unrestricted access to Seaside Park between the hours of 8am and 3pm.
  • Contractors, plumbers, inspectors, insurance adjusters etc. can obtain an Entry Work Permit at the temporary Borough Hall located at 10 Allen Street in Toms River, New Jersey beginning on Wednesday November 14th. Documentation of the residence to be visited must be provided. These vehicles are restricted to the residence to be visited. Solicitation is strictly prohibited
  • No civilians will be allowed to remain in Seaside Park after the strictly enforced 3pm curfew

Any future changes to the above rules will be posted here as soon as they are made available.

Posted November 9, 2012

Beginning Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 the Seaside Park Municipal Court will be temporarily located at the:

Toms River Municipal Court Building
255 Oak Avenue
Toms River, NJ  08753
Phone: 732-797-3914
Fax: 732-341-3074
Monday through Friday 8 am-4 pm

Please check back for court dates and times.

Posted November 8, 2012

The Seaside Park Police Department was able to secure the opportunity for borough residents to conduct a home inspection and assessment from Governor Christie’s office. Residents that did not get the opportunity to visit their homes this past week to gather their personal items will have the chance to do so. Access dates will be determined by address within the borough. The access dates are as follows:

Friday November 9th– Homes located J Street south to 14thAvenue

Saturday November 10th– Homes located north of J Street and west of Rt. 35

Sunday November 11th– Homes located north of J Street and east of Rt. 35

On the applicable date, residents will arrive at the registration point, which is the Sears parking lot at The Ocean County Mall 1201 Hooper Avenue Toms River, NJ at 9 A.M. (Please do not arrive early, registration will not begin until 9 A.M.)

Identification must be provided and it will be compared with a master list of residents and homeowners that were previously granted limited access to the borough of Seaside Park. If it is determined you have already been granted access you will be turned away.

No more than two individuals per household will be granted access, one of whom must be a resident or owner.

A visual inspection only will be authorized for those residences deemed unsafe by State Officials. Entry into the structure will be prohibited.

All entry into the borough is at your own risk.

Residents granted access will board a bus for transport to and from the barrier island. Buses will board at 10 A.M. and return to the Ocean County Mall at 2 P.M.

Residents will not be permitted to leave the barrier island by any means other than the bus they arrived on.

At the designated time residents will board the bus for transport off the barrier island.

Residents can take with them only what they can place on their lap.

Posted November 7, 2012

Dear Citizens & Taxpayers of Seaside Park
I and the Council members are in receipt of your many emails, but it has been difficult to respond to each and every one of them so I hope to address their recurring concerns.
Again, I fully understand the frustrations you express in having expected to access your homes on BOTH Monday and Tuesday, especially after the difficult connections that were required to get that activity from planning to execution.  Some time after It was underway it was abruptly terminated by outside authority. As of this writing, the New Jersey State Police and Office of Emergency Management does not support re-entry of non critical individuals to the barrier islands in Ocean County.  Requests for permission may only be secured from the Governor’s office.  His mandatory evacuation order is still in effect.
Several of your emails have been accusatory saying that the elected officials are doing nothing. In response please realize that we have communicated with the Governor’s office;  we have communicated with our District 9 legislators.   Senator Connors, Assemblywoman Gove, and Assemblyman Rumpf dispatched a letter to the Superintendent of the State Police requesting a review of the prohibition which is keeping our residents from our town when the road situation does not appear to be an issue for us.
Many of you expressed fear that your pipes will freeze.  The Borough is making every effort to prevent that from happening.  We will have more information on our web site in the next day or so.
Finally, I would ask you to be patient.  And I know that that is a lot to ask!  I fully realize that eight or nine days is a long time to wait.  We have already achieved an opportunity for us to go onto the island, and we are working  hard to see to it that you are again allowed to check your homes.  We are also formalizing a plan to bring our government and the borough services onshore for everyone’s convenience.
Please remember to check the Borough website and listen for the updates from Chief Larkin.
I wish to again acknowledge our borough personnel, volunteers and their organizations who have been on the frontline and working hard since the preparation stage, even before the storm’s arrival.  And to their families who are in many ways sacrificing in order to support their extraordinary service to our community, its residents, property owners and business people,        . 

  Thank you!
Mayor Robert W. Matthies, Jr.

Posted November 6, 2012

I have been attending daily meetings with the NJDOT, Chiefs of Police of the Barrier Island, and the New Jersey State Police with the hopes of determining a limited organized access plan for residents in the near future. A plan will not be established until the newest storm passes. The members of the Seaside Park Police Department continue to work around the clock to protect your property and bring you home as soon as possible. Even after a week I know it is still hard for all of us to understand what has happened. After watching the citizens of this town, the Police Department, the Fire Department, and the Public Works Department yesterday working hand in hand to pick up the pieces and move forward, I know it will not be long until we are back on our feet again. As soon as I get word about an access plan I will give you all the details. Please rely on this website and our reverse 911 system for all updates on our progress.

Posted November 6, 2012

Hello Neighbors and Friends!

Today was a happy and sad day for those of us who got back into town to see our homes, assess damage, clean out what we could, and gather possessions to bring back across the bridge.

Many of us feel very blessed and thankful because we suffered very little damage, while others of us found much damage to our homes, particularly those on the bay side.

A lot of work went into developing the plan to assure that the town would still remain secure while granting access to property owners and residents. This was a joint effort between the Borough of Seaside Park and Berkeley Township, effected by the Chiefs of Police.

We owe a great debt of gratitude to the Seaside Park Fire Department, the Seaside Park, Berkeley Township and Toms River Township police departments, the employees in Public Works, and the great effort rendered by our Administrator and all that department’s staff. And, a terrific hosting job by Superintendent Tom and the folks at Central Regional. I am so proud of our people who worked tirelessly and whose diligence allowed us to take this huge step toward alleviating the frustration and worry felt by our citizens who could only imagine the condition of their homes and property. When you see them, please thank them for all they did and continue to do for us.

Although it was our intention to allow residents to have access to town tomorrow as well as today, this afternoon the State of New Jersey, NOT the Borough of Seaside Park, declared the roads on the barrier island unsafe. Believe me when I tell you that I am as frustrated by this development as you are.

We will make every effort to get everyone back into town as soon as we possibly can to finish the work we started today, and I pray that we can move back permanently and/or start the process of repairing or rebuilding before too much time passes.

Finally, my posting to you yesterday was composed at around 1:25 a.m. after a long day of ups and downs. In it I unintentionally left our fire department out of the body of the letter and to compound that, our borough office(s) administrative and clerical staff. It was my oversight and I apologize. By the way, I can tell you first-hand of the fire department’s volunteers’ great efforts to keep your property safe during the worst of the storm.

Continue to check this website for updates.

Robert W. Matthies

Posted November 6, 2012

Regularly scheduled Council meeting will be held on Thursday, November 8th at 7 PM at the Township of Toms River Municipal Complex, 33 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ 08753 in the 2nd Floor Council Chambers.

Google Map:
Township of Toms River Municipal Complex
33 Washington St
Toms River, NJ 08753

Posted November 5, 2012

As of this date the State of New Jersey has deemed the roads on the Barrier Island unsafe. No access will be granted to Seaside Park Tomorrow. Updates will be posted here as soon as they are available.

Posted November 5, 2012

Dear Neighbors:

This has been a most difficult week for those of us who live full-time on the barrier island as well as those who are property owners living elsewhere. I know that is difficult to watch on TV the devastation that has taken place without being able to personally see it for yourself.

In many cases, life at the Jersey Shore will never be the same. Lives have been lost to the north of us, homes have burned to the ground or have been washed away, and livelihoods have been severely compromised. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those also.

For the most part, Seaside Park infrastructure is in good shape: the dunes are still there with the breeches occurring only at the points of access, our boardwalk is still in place with the exception of about 150 feet south of Funtown Pier, our parking lots have been cleaned up and are ok, the marina saw little damage, our clock and piece of steel from the World Trade Center are still in place, and the Fifth Avenue Pier is undamaged.

Because of flooding, our Borough Hall building on Ocean Ave. will need rehabilitation, as will the Bathhouse and DPW administrative offices. The 14th Avenue Pier is a twisted wreckage and the boat ramp at 14th Ave. has a lot of sand & debris washed up into it, and of course, nearly everyone has seen the destruction of Funtown Pier.

After the storm, the water supply was nearly non-existent, the sanitary sewage was interrupted and the Governor ordered that the gas supply be turned off, and of course, power was lost.

Because of the extraordinary work of our Borough employees, our streets have been cleared of sand and debris, our water supply went from being “borrowed” from South Seaside Park (but it was little more than a trickle), to getting our own wells back online, and the sewers are again functioning. WE have done everything WE can as a Borough to get things back to the point of letting everyone return home. That is the good news!

Here is the problem: some things are just simply out of our control, namely electric power and gas supply, and what the state, through the Office of Emergency Management, will and will not allow.

Please rest assured that Police Chief Larkin and his officers have been keeping our properties safe and because of their tremendous efforts we have not experienced the looting that other municipalities have. Marie Rice and the Tri Boro squad also deserve our accolades.

I apologize for not getting information out sooner, but I wanted to be sure that everything I told you was absolutely factual and up-to-date. We have been severely hampered by the fact that our cellphone coverage has been sketchy at best until yesterday, so calls were dropped, texts and emails sent between officials were delivered hours and, in some cases, days after they were sent. The only thing that has been consistant throughout was the frustration that everyone felt!

Our Council is a strong group of hard working Seaside Park servants. They have been diligent in meeting their responsibilities to address the massive challenges left by Sandy. All of them, like many of you, have lost access to their only home, but have continued to act on behalf of the citizen taxpayer.

Finally, please react only to the posts on the borough web site and/or the reverse 911 messages.

I hope to be able greet you in the borough you over the next two days.

Robert W. Matthies

Posted November 4, 2012

Seaside Park personnel will be available at the Central Regional High School Gym A beginning at 9 AM Monday, November 5th to provide permits to allow residents access to the island.

Please review the following rules for reentry carefully:

  • Registration starts at 9:00 am at Central Regional High School
  • You will be required to bring proof of residency or rental (i.e. tax bill, utility bill, license with name and address). This will be confirmed with the tax records.
  • You will be issued a permit to get past the road blocks at the bridge. The permit must remain in the vehicle windshield.
  • This permit is only good for Monday, November 5, 2012 and for Tuesday November 6, 2012.
  • You must be off the barrier island by 3 pm on both days!
  • Each address is only permitted one passenger vehicle or pick-up truck. You will be permitted to exit and reenter to gather your belongs during the designated hours. You will not be permitted to cross the bridge after 3pm.
  • You are restricted to your property ONLY. NOBODY will be permitted to sightsee. We have to ensure the security of our residents.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Google Map:
Central Regional High School

509 Forest Hills Parkway
Bayville, NJ 08721

Posted November 4, 2012

Seaside Park residents will be able to vote on Tuesday, November 6th (election day) from 6 AM to 8 PM at Hooper Avenue Elementary School located at 1517 Hooper Avenue, Toms River, NJ 08753.

Google Map:
Hooper Avenue Elementary School
1517 Hooper Avenue
Toms River, NJ 08753

Posted November 3, 2012

Regularly scheduled Council meeting will be held on Thursday, November 8th at a site to be determined. As soon as the site is secured, we will notify thru the website and Reverse 911.

Posted November 3, 2012

Seaside Park mail for the Borough can be picked up at the Beachwood Post Office at 74 Locker Street in Beachwood; phone no. is 732-349-5507. Monday thru Friday 8:15 to 4:30 pm every day and 8:15 to 12:15 pm on Saturday.

Posted November 1, 2012
Posted November 1, 2012


THE RECOVERY from Hurricane Sandy continues even as weather forecasters say another Nor’easter could strike the region next week.

Representatives from the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the county Office of Emergency Management and the county’s professional staff toured devastated areas of the coast on Friday.

Full Press Release from the Ocean County Government Website

UPDATE – 11/1/12 – OCEAN COUNTY’S recovery efforts continue around the clock in the aftermath of the worst natural disaster to ever strike the region.

Full Press Release from the Ocean County Government Website