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Christie’s no-bid Hurricane Sandy contract could cost N.J. millions in federal funding

Christie’s no-bid Hurricane Sandy contract could cost N.J. millions in federal funding (via NJ.com)

TRENTON — When Gov. Chris Christie awarded a no-bid contract to a Florida debris removal company a day after Hurricane Sandy hit, the administration and its proponents said it was needed for a quick response to the disaster and stressed it was the best way for hard-hit towns to get the most aid from…


 
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Christie’s no-bid Hurricane Sandy contract could cost N.J. millions in federal funding

Christie’s no-bid Hurricane Sandy contract could cost N.J. millions in federal funding (via NJ.com)

TRENTON — When Gov. Chris Christie awarded a no-bid contract to a Florida debris removal company a day after Hurricane Sandy hit, the administration and its proponents said it was needed for a quick response to the disaster and stressed it was the best way for hard-hit towns to get the most aid from…


 
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5 Jersey towns spending $50M on boardwalks

The Jersey Shore is known for about 20 boardwalks lining the Atlantic coast from Keansburg in the north to Cape May in the south.

1:47PM EST December 5. 2012 – BELMAR, N.J. — At least five Jersey Shore resort towns hit hard in superstorm Sandy plan to spend more than $50 million to rebuild their boardwalk areas with a goal of being ready for beach season.
To bring back its 1.3 miles of boardwalk, Belmar, N.J., officials approved $20 million in bonds earlier this week.
Meanwhile, Asbury Park, N.J., officials said that city expects to spend nearly $12 million.
STORY: Atlantic City boardwalk back in business
MORE: A look back at Jersey Shore boardwalks
In Seaside Heights, N.J., home to an iconic wooden roller coaster destroyed in the storm, council members at their meeting Wednesday night plan to look at the costs associated with rebuilding its 16 blocks of boardwalk. Original estimates were almost $13 million.
Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., is expecting restoration of its almost milelong boardwalk to cost about $2 million. And officials in Long Branch, N.J., who want their walkway rebuilt by Memorial Day, have approved $5 million so far in emergency money because of the storm.
The Jersey Shore is known for about 20 boardwalks lining the Atlantic coast from Keansburg in the north to Cape May in the south. Superstorm Sandy reduced several of them to splinters.
“The boardwalk is an integral part of the identity of the town. We’ve had one every year since 1875,” Belmar Mayor Matthew Doherty said.
“This year will be no different,” he said, adding that the boardwalk should be back in place by Memorial Day weekend.
Belmar approved the bonds at a Monday night meeting that one resident described as “standing room only.”
“All they wanted to talk about was the boardwalk. They’re concentrated on getting that fixed,” said JoAnn Ali, a lifelong Belmar resident.
Doherty said the borough is being aggressive about resurrecting the boardwalk because losing tourists would hurt many small businesses that depend on healthy summer revenues to survive.
“If we don’t have tourists, property taxes will skyrocket and the businesses will suffer,” Doherty said. Cleanup costs associated with the storm will account for $3 million with the remaining $17 million earmarked for the borough’s new boardwalks.
“If we don’t have tourists, property taxes will skyrocket and the businesses will suffer.”
— Mayor Matthew Doherty of Belmar, N.J.
Belmar officials anticipate the Federal Emergency Management Agency will pay for 75 percent — if not more — of the cost of boardwalk repairs, Doherty said. The remaining 25 percent will be paid over 20 years out of the borough’s beach utility fund.
To keep up with the payments, Belmar beachgoers can expect an increase in beach badge fees for next summer.
“The beach will still remain a very affordable price for middle-class families to come,” said Doherty, adding that he was first in line to buy seasonal beach badges for his family of four when they went on sale Monday.
Another way the borough is raising money: Beach lovers can buy a board on the new boardwalk. Individual boards cost $25 to $5,000.
Belmar’s new boardwalk plans call for 3,100 25-foot-long pilings that will be pounded into the sand, composite decking and hurricane straps.
“The old boardwalk was built during the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s,” Doherty said. “This one will be built to current codes.”
Meanwhile, Asbury Park manager Terence Reidy said that city will receive more than $1 million from FEMA for debris cleanup and expects to spend nearly $12 million on rebuilding.
Recovery costs include repairing damage to the boardwalk, sewage plant and fire house, as well as paying for emergency personnel who worked overtime after the storm, Reidy said.
The city submitted a $1.8 million preliminary request to FEMA for clearing debris in hard-hit sections, Reidy said. Officials anticipate FEMA will roll out more money and insurance providers will make reimbursements as construction begins.
Asbury Park approved an emergency appropriation of $7.1 million that will be allocated over five years.
Reidy and other officials have promised Asbury Park’s boardwalk will be ready by summer 2013. A few boardwalk businesses already have reopened their doors.
Hurricane Sandy Atlantic City Boardwalk Floating Planks
Original Content: Contributing: Kristi Funderburk, Asbury Park (N.J.) Press
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5 Jersey towns spending $50M on boardwalks

The Jersey Shore is known for about 20 boardwalks lining the Atlantic coast from Keansburg in the north to Cape May in the south.

1:47PM EST December 5. 2012 – BELMAR, N.J. — At least five Jersey Shore resort towns hit hard in superstorm Sandy plan to spend more than $50 million to rebuild their boardwalk areas with a goal of being ready for beach season.
To bring back its 1.3 miles of boardwalk, Belmar, N.J., officials approved $20 million in bonds earlier this week.
Meanwhile, Asbury Park, N.J., officials said that city expects to spend nearly $12 million.
STORY: Atlantic City boardwalk back in business
MORE: A look back at Jersey Shore boardwalks
In Seaside Heights, N.J., home to an iconic wooden roller coaster destroyed in the storm, council members at their meeting Wednesday night plan to look at the costs associated with rebuilding its 16 blocks of boardwalk. Original estimates were almost $13 million.
Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., is expecting restoration of its almost milelong boardwalk to cost about $2 million. And officials in Long Branch, N.J., who want their walkway rebuilt by Memorial Day, have approved $5 million so far in emergency money because of the storm.
The Jersey Shore is known for about 20 boardwalks lining the Atlantic coast from Keansburg in the north to Cape May in the south. Superstorm Sandy reduced several of them to splinters.
“The boardwalk is an integral part of the identity of the town. We’ve had one every year since 1875,” Belmar Mayor Matthew Doherty said.
“This year will be no different,” he said, adding that the boardwalk should be back in place by Memorial Day weekend.
Belmar approved the bonds at a Monday night meeting that one resident described as “standing room only.”
“All they wanted to talk about was the boardwalk. They’re concentrated on getting that fixed,” said JoAnn Ali, a lifelong Belmar resident.
Doherty said the borough is being aggressive about resurrecting the boardwalk because losing tourists would hurt many small businesses that depend on healthy summer revenues to survive.
“If we don’t have tourists, property taxes will skyrocket and the businesses will suffer,” Doherty said. Cleanup costs associated with the storm will account for $3 million with the remaining $17 million earmarked for the borough’s new boardwalks.
“If we don’t have tourists, property taxes will skyrocket and the businesses will suffer.”
— Mayor Matthew Doherty of Belmar, N.J.
Belmar officials anticipate the Federal Emergency Management Agency will pay for 75 percent — if not more — of the cost of boardwalk repairs, Doherty said. The remaining 25 percent will be paid over 20 years out of the borough’s beach utility fund.
To keep up with the payments, Belmar beachgoers can expect an increase in beach badge fees for next summer.
“The beach will still remain a very affordable price for middle-class families to come,” said Doherty, adding that he was first in line to buy seasonal beach badges for his family of four when they went on sale Monday.
Another way the borough is raising money: Beach lovers can buy a board on the new boardwalk. Individual boards cost $25 to $5,000.
Belmar’s new boardwalk plans call for 3,100 25-foot-long pilings that will be pounded into the sand, composite decking and hurricane straps.
“The old boardwalk was built during the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s,” Doherty said. “This one will be built to current codes.”
Meanwhile, Asbury Park manager Terence Reidy said that city will receive more than $1 million from FEMA for debris cleanup and expects to spend nearly $12 million on rebuilding.
Recovery costs include repairing damage to the boardwalk, sewage plant and fire house, as well as paying for emergency personnel who worked overtime after the storm, Reidy said.
The city submitted a $1.8 million preliminary request to FEMA for clearing debris in hard-hit sections, Reidy said. Officials anticipate FEMA will roll out more money and insurance providers will make reimbursements as construction begins.
Asbury Park approved an emergency appropriation of $7.1 million that will be allocated over five years.
Reidy and other officials have promised Asbury Park’s boardwalk will be ready by summer 2013. A few boardwalk businesses already have reopened their doors.
Hurricane Sandy Atlantic City Boardwalk Floating Planks
Original Content: Contributing: Kristi Funderburk, Asbury Park (N.J.) Press
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Our thoughts & prayers are with you, NJ

Our thoughts & prayers are with you, NJ

NOV 1 2012 BY SHARISIM

Mommy Poppins

I am writing this from a friend’s home in Weehawken after having evacuated our home in Hoboken. I know that many of you are in a similar position and some, much worse. All the Mommy Poppins family send their thoughts and prayers to our readers and our entire state. Obviously, there are very few venues that are even open this weekend, so we will not be posting our weekend events, but here is one of our most popular articles for stuck-in-the-house craziness, 99 Sensory Activities for Kids. For those who wanted to enter our Barefoot Books giveaway, we will extend the deadline to subscribe for another week. Please check our Facebook page for updates and we’ll see you soon. You know we love you, NJ.

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Our thoughts & prayers are with you, NJ

Our thoughts & prayers are with you, NJ

NOV 1 2012 BY SHARISIM

Mommy Poppins

I am writing this from a friend’s home in Weehawken after having evacuated our home in Hoboken. I know that many of you are in a similar position and some, much worse. All the Mommy Poppins family send their thoughts and prayers to our readers and our entire state. Obviously, there are very few venues that are even open this weekend, so we will not be posting our weekend events, but here is one of our most popular articles for stuck-in-the-house craziness, 99 Sensory Activities for Kids. For those who wanted to enter our Barefoot Books giveaway, we will extend the deadline to subscribe for another week. Please check our Facebook page for updates and we’ll see you soon. You know we love you, NJ.

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Aerial View of the Jersey Shore Hurricane Sandy Aftermath

 Aerial View of New Jersey Shoreline Hurricane Sandy

 A trip to the New Jersey shore may not be the same for years; see for yourself with amazing video from the New Jersey Air National Guard. 

The New Jersey Air National Guard released video of Seaside Heights hours after Sandy devastated the shoreline as they searched for displaced residents.
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Aerial View of the Jersey Shore Hurricane Sandy Aftermath

 Aerial View of New Jersey Shoreline Hurricane Sandy

 A trip to the New Jersey shore may not be the same for years; see for yourself with amazing video from the New Jersey Air National Guard. 

The New Jersey Air National Guard released video of Seaside Heights hours after Sandy devastated the shoreline as they searched for displaced residents.
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Hurricane Sandy: 5 PM ET, 90 mph winds, Cat 1, 940 mb, moving WNW at 28 mph. Sandy will make landfall within 2 hrs near Cape May, NJ

Hurricane Sandy: 5 PM ET, 90 mph winds, Cat 1, 940 mb, moving WNW at 28 mph. Sandy will make landfall within 2 hrs near Cape May, NJ

CAPE MAY — Get out while you can. That’s the plea Cape May County officials made to residents planning on hunkering down in the barrier islands tonight.
About 60 percent of the barrier islands have been evacuated, according to Freeholder Director Gerald Thornton, who called Hurricane Sandy “the worst-case scenario for any storm that we have experienced.”



“I’m going to emphasize again while this little bit of time is left, if there’s any way possible you can leave those barrier islands, leave. Leave. You’re in danger,” Thornton said. “Look, we’re at the last instant here. This is the last hour. You’re not going to see any more warnings here.”
Thornton said there is serious flooding on barrier islands throughout the county with reports of water in some town reaching 5 feet.
“We’re requesting again that people that didn’t evacuate the barrier islands, please evacuate now. The next high tide is scheduled at 8:35 tonight and that would be about 45 minutes later on the back bays. So there still is some time to evacuate,” said Martin Pagliughi, the Emergency Management Coordinator for Cape May County.
“I’m going to emphasize again… if there’s any way possible you can leave those barrier islands, leave. Leave. You’™re in danger.”
Pagliughi said both North Wildwood and Sea Isle City had to put out structural fires today.
During the response in Sea Isle, a National Guard truck that was brought in to portable pumps to try to fight the fire collided with a civilian vehicle. Pagliughi said three people, both national guard personnel and civilians, were hurt in the accident, but didn’t have other details on the extent of the injuries.
According to officials about 600 people are staying in shelters and more than 7,600 people are out of power, but as the wind picks up more residents are expected to lose power.
“It’s a large storm of epic proportions that we’ve never seen here in Cape May County before,” Pagliughi said. “We’re begging you, please leave the islands tonight.”
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