A steady stream of people trickled into the Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Company on Sherman Avenue Monday to seek help from Gov. Chris Christie's "mobile cabinet" that is reaching out to victims of last week's fire.
A man who identified himself as Steven "Bubba" DeMuro, of Bubba's Doghouse, which was destroyed in the fire that ravaged more than 20 businesses, said of the cabinet: "They are doing a great job. They explained loans, grants and while I'm not quite sure what we're qualified for yet, I feel like they helped."
Several of the people who visited the site today were business owners affected by Hurricane Sandy, and some said they still had questions regarding funding for their business rebuild efforts.
Nick and Carol Barulic, owners of Berkeley Fish Market, said they had reopened by Mother's Day of this year, and while they were not affected by the fire, they said they are hoping that they still qualify for some small business grants and loans.
Despite some controversy over a proposal to use Sandy funding to help businesses affected by the fire, the Barulics said they felt that "anyone that needs help should get it."
Representatives from the New Jersey economic development Authority, Business action center, and the governor's office, as well as crisis counselors were available until 9 p.m.
Around 10 p.m. this evening, officials with the Prosecutor's Office made this announcement in a prepared statement: "Be advised the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office has not made any
announcement regarding the investigative ruling on the fire. The
Prosecutor will release those findings only when finalized, and with all
the investigating task force partners present."