Demolition Begins On House Swept Into Barnegat Bay

Intact home has been in the bay since Superstorm Sandy struck

The Mantoloking house that was swept, intact, into Barnegat Bay and has since been wedged against an island will be gone by Friday afternoon, demolition experts said Thursday.

A crew from CrowderGulf, the contractor hired by the state Department of Environmental Protection to clear waterway debris from northern Barnegat Bay, began work to remove the two-story house Thursday.

State and local officials held a ceremony to mark the occasion.

The home, sitting in the water about 200 feet from the edge of the bay, is one of eight nearly intact homes that Sandy pushed into the water statewide. Two other virtually intact Mantoloking homes were swept into Barnegat Bay, while one home in Monmouth County's Union Beach was pushed into Raritan Bay. Four others in Cumberland County's Lawrence Township were washed into Delaware Bay virtually intact.

The Mantoloking home is owned by former Hoboken mayor David Roberts.

Buddy Young, operations manager for CrowderGulf, told Patch half of the home is completely submerged underwater, meaning crews will have to contend with not only a debris field, but fish and other creatures which may have gotten inside.

The company's crew is hosing the house down with water as demolition takes place in order to minimize dust particles from getting into the air, Young said, and has installed a boom around the house to ensure debris does not float away.

The demolished material from the house will be brought on barges to a local marina where it will then be transported to the Ocean County Landfill.

"Today, one of the unfortunate icons of Mantoloking and Superstorm Sandy is going to be dismantled," said Mantoloking Mayor George Nebel. "We cannot forget what happened to our community on Oct. 29.  But with the support of the State and the Federal Government, I know that Mantoloking is well on its way to recovery as we embark on an ambitious plan to protect our community from future disaster."

DEP Commissioner Bob Martin said waterway debris removal efforts are still underway.

tuna stick May 02, 2013 at 06:11 PM
All of these talking heads looking for a photo-op. Is there anyone actually working today? Other then the crane operator...???
DAN FRIENDLY May 02, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Yea iddiot. Half the house is already gone. Was just there by BOAT.
jack cee May 02, 2013 at 07:18 PM
You should have watched them repave bb1 parking lot..I'll bet hard cash they were paid by the hour.Then you could go up to the beach and watch donovan drive the sand sifter for 2 days sifting the sand...You would think he was looking for diamonds.
jack cee May 02, 2013 at 07:18 PM
You should have watched them repave bb1 parking lot..I'll bet hard cash they were paid by the hour.Then you could go up to the beach and watch donovan drive the sand sifter for 2 days sifting the sand...You would think he was looking for diamonds.
anonymous May 02, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Talking heads looking for a photo-op ------ I love it lol
dave May 02, 2013 at 08:17 PM
they will be there for a week,the way they operate,half the house is under water yet,picking up little pieces at a time,get a real machine in there and a couple of barges,and yes the water is deep enough
Opinionated May 02, 2013 at 08:19 PM
To you boaters: How dangerous is it to navigate in the bay now? Simple math tells us that many structures, cars, etc. are still missing and we can only presume they are underwater in the bay. Am I right?
Samantha May 02, 2013 at 08:30 PM
Why is it that every article I read, there's always someone who has a nasty remark! Name calling Negativity I'm done...
YouSuck May 02, 2013 at 09:23 PM
I always wanted to live in a house boat.
DAN FRIENDLY May 02, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Samantha, i thought you were done a few days ago? Lol
Joe Furmato May 02, 2013 at 10:37 PM
I agree all these doomsday people. They need to get a life
re-tired May 02, 2013 at 11:06 PM
Any house rebuilt on the barrier island needs to be anchored so this can`t happen. Saw a new house design built in new orleans on tv meant to float like a boat with 2- 20 ft high pipes that served as pilings and allowed the house to stay in place eliminating the need to elevate and drive a lot of wood into the ground. Looks like a solution for smaller lots!
F-TR May 02, 2013 at 11:11 PM
@Samantha........its like writing on the bathroom wall. Its fun, anonymous and you get to annoy people with comments you sometimes really don't mean. Don't take all of it seriously.
bayboat May 02, 2013 at 11:14 PM
They used side scan radar, so they know where the larger stuff is. Are they going to get everything?, probably not. There will be stuff popping up for years. I cant wait to get in and get out on the water, Ill let you all know if I ever hit anything!
Daniel Nee (Editor) May 02, 2013 at 11:22 PM
From what I understand having spoken to many folks involved in the process, the large items were removed first. Most of the remaining items were things like construction debris (small pieces of wood, etc.) and vegetation. There is a great deal of debris (including larger pieces of debris) that washed into the marshes, however, and I've seen that first hand. I have been out on my boat on several occasions and I have not noticed anything different from previous seasons with regard to floating/submerged debris or depth issues. As I continue to widen my area of travel, I will include any observations or anecdotes in my Friday fishing/boating column. But fortunately, so far, so good.
Joe Furmato May 02, 2013 at 11:27 PM
Looks like a problem. Should lift house on a barge We have a few home lifting company's in town
proud May 03, 2013 at 01:22 AM
@ F-TR, too funny with the Bathroom stall analogy. I recall once reading: Some come here to sit and think... While others come to $#!^ and stink!
proud May 03, 2013 at 01:28 AM
@ Dan, I think she was only tired then. I'd hate to see @Sam done. She's a good egg, albeit exasperated.
BrickAmericanMan May 03, 2013 at 02:53 AM
ONCE AGAIN. I just cruised a 38 foot sportfish from kettle creek to the upper metedeconk this tuesday and there is NO debris in any channels. It drafted over 3 feet while getting on plane and we rode wide open. This house is not in the channel and neither are the cars. Have fun sitting at the dock this summer haha.
Ri-Brickulous! May 03, 2013 at 03:31 AM
Please tell me this was a summer home, I'll never stop laughing. Vicari's making it sound like the homeowners are living under a bridge now. Oh, the struggles of the 1%.
Scott May 03, 2013 at 06:28 AM
I've been out on waverunners since early March. Almost no floating debris in Silver Bay/Applegate Cove areas. Depths about normal, I stayed on the west side of the IC channel.
Martin May 03, 2013 at 10:59 AM
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Nancy May 03, 2013 at 11:15 AM
Does any one know who is paying for the demo?
proud May 03, 2013 at 12:51 PM
The home belongs to the former mayor ( and, real estate magnate) from Hoboken. Rumor has it thy he is bunking at the Jon Corzine bachelor pad which just so happened to be no ocupado at the moment. Suffice it to say, he was very concerned with being minus twenty two BFE.
shorefriend May 03, 2013 at 12:56 PM
LOL, yes they were living there quiet happy with the crabs and minows but there visa expired and they had to be evicted!
Brickresident May 03, 2013 at 03:11 PM
wish i didnt have to work, id love to see them take the house down.
anonymous May 04, 2013 at 12:04 AM
STOPFEMANOW Protest/rally Saturday May 4th at Joey Harrison Surf Club 1900 Ocean Ave Ortley Beach 2pm-3pm The time for them to see our true numbers is now. Time to bow down and take this anymore is over please come down and show your support. Many news agencies will be there leaving them vulnerable to criticism for what they are doing to so many. We cannot let them brush us under the fema rug anymore.
proud May 04, 2013 at 02:18 AM
The heck with that we should all just live on pontoon homes, and meet up at Tices Shoal after the storm
anonymous May 04, 2013 at 03:50 AM
If the commercial linked on the bottom of this post touches you come to Joey Harrison Surf Club Sat May 4th 1900 Ocean Ave Ortley Beach NJ at 2pm and meet some people who are fighting for something higher then self. Thank you http://youtu.be/hghJ3wx8sN0
proud May 04, 2013 at 12:06 PM
@ Nancy, a cording to the article, the DEP is paying the contractor for the demo. I'd venture to say that they are being partially or wholly funded by the Feds. How much federal funding? Like everything else --they'll let you know. Short answer: You.


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