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Mayors to Jointly Announce Barrier Island Repopulation Friday

Brick Township, Toms River, and Seaside Heights will announce repopulation plans

The mayors of Brick Township, Toms River and Seaside Heights will jointly announce plans to permanently repopulate their barrier island communities Friday.

The North Beach area of Toms River, all of Brick Township and single-family homes in Seaside Heights will be included in the formal joint request to repopulate their towns on the same day. The request will be submitted to Gov. Chris Christie for approval.

Seaside Heights Mayor William Akers said Wednesday the repopulation date will be Jan. 7.

The hard-hit neighborhood of Ortley Beach will not be included in the plan, officials said, however a statement will be made Friday regarding its eventual repopulation.

"Based on what we're seeing from the utility companies, we expect [Gov. Christie] to look favorably upon the request to repopulate," Brick Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis said in a statement.

Toms River Mayor Tom Kelaher said he, as well as Acropolis and Akers, have been in "constant contact" with utilities in the run-up to repopulation.

"We are putting public safety first to make sure that the gas, electric, water and sewer companies are doing their due diligence to make sure their services are safe and reliable," Kelaher said.

WMS826 December 21, 2012 at 02:19 AM
50 mile an hour winds due in on Friday I heard. Good luck and dont re sheet rock too soon.
they can do that December 21, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Any plan for the reopening of rt 35 from bayhead to seaside park?
Halpha2 December 21, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Ajv got some ripple coming ur way!
Pogo December 21, 2012 at 01:00 PM
About those fifty mile an hour winds, at 07:55 AM there's about a foot of water in my street and I live on the mainland side of the bay. I wasn't home for Sandy so this is the highest I've ever seen the water. Hope the repair work on the barrier islands isn't getting set back too much by this.
shorefriend December 21, 2012 at 01:12 PM
I hope Ortly gets something back soon, my house is high and dry, if they just get the utilites back I could move back. Not all of Ortley is destroyed there are a few of us that can go back.

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