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UPDATE: Hurricane-Ravaged Barrier Island Section Will Open Thursday

The section will stretch from the Mantoloking Bridge to the Toms River border

A portion of the barrier island from Mantoloking Bridge south to the Toms River border will re-open beginning Thursday at 7 a.m., according to the Brick Township Office of Emergency Management.

The area was especially hit hard by Hurricane Sandy in late October, destroying homes, eroding beaches and leaving piles of sand in the streets.

The department, which made the announcement late Wednesday, has asked that contractors and homeowners be aware of the parking and driving conditions in the area.  Residents and contractors will be required to leave at 4 p.m., police said.

The department warned people not to not park in front of any debris piles and make every effort to park vehicles in driveways and/or off the streets.

Lanes of travel on all streets need to be open to allow access for emergency personnel and equipment, such as ambulances and firetrucks, according to the department.

On Dec. 10, the Normandy Beach area of the barrier island will be closed to residents and contractors because of work being completed by New Jersey Natural Gas. This area will be all streets south of Jeanette Drive, on both the ocean and bay sides of the island. Everything north of Jeanette Drive will have access that day, police said.

If anyone has any questions, they can contact the Brick Township call center at 732-262-1234.

At last night's Brick Township Council meeting, Mayor Steve Acropolis said gas, water and electric are expected to be restored by the end of the month on the barrier island.

veritas December 06, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Coming in to take pictures of water sand and devestatiom is unnecessary. All your doing is creating UNNECCESARY traffic. Your run the risk of an accident that will put emergency crews in jeapordy. Plain and simple your going to get in the way. People's homes need to be repaired first that's priority. Not your memories. You have the good memories now leave it be give people time to restore their own lives. I'm sure they would love the freedom to not have any worries and just take a cruise..... STAY OFF THE ISLAND. And no I don't live there. I just use common sense. Something many lack.
veritas December 06, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Scott just wants to repair his life like it used to be without having to worry about joe schmo driving up and down the roads just looking at DA shore. Yea the one that's not paying attention that drives straight through the out traffic light during a state of emergency and slams into the side of your vehicle when your trying to get to work to restore people's power and lives. . Ya that person.
Brickresident December 06, 2012 at 12:16 PM
where is "your" beach, ill come take a dump on it.
bayboat December 06, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Scott = Latin for "doofus"
shorefriend December 06, 2012 at 01:01 PM
The island belongs to all, not just we the homeowners, these people are paying the taxes that are being spent on FEMA grants and infrastructure rebuild. Don't be an elitist with your stay away attitude, We need these folks that don't live on the island to bring it back, they are volunteering their help and donating money for the recovery effort. Get over yourself with the gawker theory!! I am sick of people saying don’t look at my trash on the street or my broken home, if the disaster was on the mainland don't tell me you would not be curious. Thank You to all the folks who helped me and my friends and family!! Thanks to all of the mainland people who love and support the beauty of the Island. Charlotte, let me guess you’re from Bay Head??
shorefriend December 06, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Scott, your an idiot you pay taxes and so does everyone else, do you really think you have a special "I own the beach tax" I hate the elitist people like you, with your stay away attitude; everyone is a benny, don’t park on my street, don’t use “MY” beach Benny I always find that funny especially when 90% of the island is a benny. If you are not a full time resident and there are not many of us who are you are a benny. I love all who come to enjoy the beach and visit in the summer if gives the place life!! Don’t give the island a bad name by trashing those who do not live there, they are still welcome!!!
Boose December 06, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Pretty ironic with a name like Veritas you speak nothing close to the truth. There are LIFE LONG RESIDENTS of this town that have been forced off of the barrier island due to the taxes. Are you telling me that those people, as well as anyone else who is near and dear to the shore don't have a right to go? I have a news flash for you, if the powers that be indicate that the island is open to other than homeowners and contractors, I'll be up there too. Who do you people think that you are? YOU DO NOT OWN THE BEACH. I was born in Pt Pleasant hospital, I have lived here my entire life which is more than most of the residents on the barrier island can say. You did well in life, you have the means to live on the island great, I am happy for you. But don't you dare tell me that I can't come there assuming it's open to the public, and safe.
shorefriend December 06, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Boose, I agree with you 100% !!!
Ajv December 06, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Scotto =jackass
getgoing1973 December 06, 2012 at 01:56 PM
sounds like scott should have gotten washed away with sandy
Sick of whining people December 06, 2012 at 06:34 PM
I am a utility worker that has been down on the barrier island since this storm working get this place back in order. After reading scott's comments I am sick to my stomach. So many people pouring there heart and soul down here, peolple that don't live here, being away from our families for countless hours. Just palin ignorant. Get a life Scott!
George Clark December 06, 2012 at 07:48 PM
scott, it is your beach. don't listen to these po folks who can't afford their own beach. lol. they r just jealous. sea girt deal and others have their own beaches, why not scott? you got the money everything's for sale. it's america folks. land of the fee home of the slave.lol
Ajv December 06, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Scott the balless wonder is afraid to respond. His IQ is room temperature .
Joseph Woolston Brick December 06, 2012 at 11:24 PM
I don't give a crap about Scott and his attitude public land is public land and I will go anywhere I want as long as it is BUT, you won't catch me on the island until all the work is done and tested. Don't think I want to be someplace where they are re energizing wires or pressurizing gas lines and both utilities have been working for awhile and deemed safe. While no one is sure what happened to those homes in Manasquan , they were working on the gas lines in the area and that may or may not have caused the awful fire but it just shows, is still dangerous out there even when it was thought no to be.. I'd rather be safe than sorry.
Project Bluebeam December 06, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Using the letter U in lieu of the word "you" makes you look a tween moron.
Project Bluebeam December 06, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Go tell that to the people who live off of Fischer, moron.
Ajv December 07, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Perfectly said Joseph. Oh by the way Scott is still a douche.
Joseph Fekete December 07, 2012 at 12:53 AM
No "tourists " .Sounds like a good idea. Thanks Scott.
Sharkey-Images December 07, 2012 at 03:07 AM
No. There are still restrictions and access is only for Property Owners and Registered Contractors. I confirmed that this morning with Emergency Mgt.
Sharkey-Images December 07, 2012 at 03:33 AM
For the people who really have no idea of the devastation that has hit NJ, I started shooting this storm 2 days before its arrival starting at Sandy Hook and making my way to Island Beach. Knowing the overall size of it being over 900 miles wide and just a 10% chance of it turning offshore, I knew it would change our shoreline forever. I have been documenting it ever since. My images have reached people all across the country many whom I even had gone to school with at the Jersey Shore. In some case people came to see if I had images of their contents in front of their house because the town had already taken away their belongings before FEMA could come inspect . So in many ways the images do help. It is also history in the making. I know a few people might not appreciate images being taken, but 10 or 20 years from now they will be glad I did. In any case, a woman approached me in Island Heights and told me she did not appreciate photos being taken of her home. I simply asked her which home was hers and I was happy to grant her request. With almost 17,000 views of the Galleries, I would say that certainly shows people are interested. Images may be found here: http://sharkeyimages.zenfolio.com/destinations_nj_storms_hurricane_sandy May GOD bless all that have been effected by this storm and give you strength to get through these difficult times.
P jaspan December 07, 2012 at 05:08 AM
Get a life help your neighbors on the jersey shore
Ajv December 07, 2012 at 11:32 AM
We can all help each other. Neighbors help neighbors. Scott will helping himself. He's the neighborhood know it all douche nozzle. Every neighborhood has a douche
~Barb~ December 07, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Scott has issues. Judging from your posts, so do you. Watch the language.
Jennifer December 07, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Soooooo sad reading the banter...REALLY GUYS!?? It is just so childish and completely not necessary! Not exactly the image we should be putting out there. I wish all of you some happiness in your lives.
Jennifer December 07, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Just read all the posts...laughing because it truly sounds like a second grade playground argument. "It's mine!" "No! It's mine!" COME ON ADULTS!
Ajv December 07, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Wah wah wah
Ajv December 07, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Who has issues?
Snooki December 08, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Can I go to the beach now?
beachlover December 08, 2012 at 08:44 PM
I understand the frustration of the residents. They weren't even allowed back into their town for a long time after the storm to assess the damages. They certainly don't need the gawkers now that they are there and trying to salvage what they can. Volunteers should be welcome, but if you just want to take a drive to see the destruction, you should just not do it. While the shore may carry fond memories for a lot of people, I assure, as someone who grew up in a beach town and lived there for 30 years I can assure you it doesn't mean nearly as much to you non residents as it does to the ones who live there. For you it's a trip to the boardwalk, or a weekend at the shore, or going to the restaurants for dinner, a week's vacation--for them it's where they raise their children, own business, celebrate holidays with friends and family, home. So try to understand where these homeowners are coming from. Not all shore towns are full of rich people and big beach houses. Some are barely getting by and this is a big hit for them. I can't wait until summer because I know the jersey shore will be back! Jersey strong we are!
Snooki D Benny December 08, 2012 at 11:08 PM
I am glad the house made it. I think yo pics incredible!

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