Mantoloking May Not Repopulate Until Summer

Homes need to be demolished before residents can move back in

Mantoloking, home of a 20-foot-deep inlet that formed after the ocean met Barnegat Bay during Superstorm Sandy, should have its utilities restored in February but may not repopulate until the summer, officials said.

The borough's governing body reorganized Monday afternoon and provided insight into the barrier island town's rebuilding plans. Homeowners packed the auditorium at the G. Harold Antrim Elementary School in Point Pleasant Beach, where the meeting was held.

The breach where the inlet formed has been repaired, Route 35 has been rebuilt and repairs to sewer lines have been completed, said Borough Engineer Lawrence Plevier.

Water system repairs have also been completed and the water is safe to drink, he said.

The next step is fully restoring electricity to the entire town, which could occur by the end of February once the areas where the ocean breached are re-energized, according to JCP&L.

As of Jan. 7, the National Guard has exited the town, and 27 New Jersey State troopers will enforce re-entry protocols and curfews, which will remain in effect.

Borough officials said as many as 200 homes may have to be demolished, and they will look at demolitions as one large, town-wide project rather than one-by-one projects.

Repopulation will probably not occur – due to safety issues having to do with unstable homes and ongoing demolition activity – until most of the exposed homes that need to be demolished are taken down.

Mayor George Nebel said officials are confident that repopulation will be possible by summer, however, and there is a chance that it could be even earlier.

LIZ January 14, 2013 at 06:35 PM
LIZ January 14, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Will they ever rebuild again @ Camp Osborne, due to new city codes and compliance?
Scott Wright January 20, 2013 at 01:00 PM
Here is the easement answer for Mantoloking The beach front owners property ends at the difference between the winter high tide and summer high tide This year that will be very close to the regular dune Build sea wall on the Public portion of the land Problem solved
G Forbes January 20, 2013 at 10:45 PM
We should remember that barrier islands have that name for a reason. They are meant to protect the mainland from ocean and storms. We probably should have had much stricter regs for building in years past. However, we never imagined this area would suffer hurricanes like the Carolinas. Hopefully, this is a lesson that taller and stronger dunes must be built. I would rethink building more large homes along beach or even on 35 and then only on stilts like they do in south.
wookfish January 21, 2013 at 11:59 AM
bigger and stronger storms..that what we need to wake people up


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