Point Beach Fire Survivors Turned Away, Or Not: What Should They Do?

What should be done to help survivors of the Point Beach fire? Please let us know in the comments and in the poll.

The owner of the Point Pleasant Manor has disputed a published report that two survivors of the deadly Point Pleasant Beach fire were turned away from his motel.

He said the two people were welcome to stay, even though the Point Pleasant Manor has no cooking facilities and is not designed to accommodate people for a long period of time, according to NJ.com.

According to NJ.com, he added that his motel housed Hurricane Sandy victims following the October 2012 storm — even letting them stay for free after FEMA stopped paying for the room. The people displaced by the fire have since been relocated to other area motels, according to APP.com.

What should be done to help survivors of the Point Beach fire? Please let us know in the comments and in the poll.

Parent April 07, 2014 at 06:39 AM
The Manor, meaning another Hotel since the one that burned was the Mariner? The Manor is gearing up for the summer season, how can they give out rooms for free????? Gimme a break, fire was sad, but go to an inland hotel that does not make it's living on summer crowds.
patrick allgor April 07, 2014 at 06:52 AM
What about Wenkes on 88 ??
educatedsmallbizowner April 07, 2014 at 08:27 AM
Sadly, Here we go again. Woman with alleged mental health issues. (Hoarding/OCD) died in house fire in Wall. Does anyone get it that our Health Dept's are ill equipped to handle mental health issues. Has anyone done an in depth report of the persons that oversee the health Dept's in Monmouth and Ocean. Under-qualified and over paid cronies of politicians that is who! (in my opinion). Does anyone realize the budgets these boards have and where the monies go. Check out the Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and LCSW's in the system. The foreign ones are making hundreds and hundreds of thousands off Americans every year. Wake up and follow the trail... Mental health is big business for the health profession.
Sarajane April 07, 2014 at 10:48 PM
Why are people "living" in a motel? If they are disabled or unable to work, isn't there better low income housing to offer, especially if the unit contained more than 2 people? One apparently housed a family of 4. Why aren't they in an apartment rather than primo beach real estate that few working class could afford?
Deborah Houlihan April 08, 2014 at 11:13 PM
Since the fire a few weeks ago, I have read with a heavy heart so much of what has been said here on the patch about the Mariner's Cove and the people staying there. I'm not sure what the answer is to the problem of homelessness in Ocean County, but I do know that many of the people staying at the Mariner's Cove where hard working people... taxi drivers, dump truck drivers, housekeepers, blue collar workers making minimum wage and affected by the big drop in income after the storm... many also lost their rentals in Sandy. Some stayed at the hotel for around $35/night. Some did some chores in exchange for a place to stay. In the beginning, police would drop off whoever they found homeless in Point Beach, and the manager would welcome them even though they were without power and completely flooded on the first floor. At least they had a roof over their heads. Things are still being investigated, but I can tell you that what I know of the manager there is that he has a heart of gold, going out of his way frequently to help those who are in need. In a report from October of 2013, there were still 28,000 people in Ocean County displaced from their primary home due to Sandy. Some could afford to rent someplace, some are staying with family or friends, some are in hotels. It was the largest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean and it slammed into us, breaking every record we ever had here in NJ, and especially in Ocean County. It is estimated that it will take 7 years to recover. Please people, have compassion. So many are hurting more than you can even begin to imagine. Lord, have mercy. We need Your light and love now more than ever.


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