Harvey Cedars Taxpayers Association

Keeping Harvey Cedars Taxpayers Informed!

Sat. Nov 3, 2012: Update 2

HCTA members:

HCTA President Phil Kunz met with Jon Oldham today and was escorted onto the island see the condition of Harvey Cedars first hand. While Harvey Cedars will be ready on Monday for residents to return, we will NOT be able to so until the island-wide Emergency Management Team allows it. It is not Harvey Cedars decision. We will let you know the date and time of access for HC as soon as we are informed.  Below are Phil’s observations and some updated information that we can confirm:

Security: As we posted previously, residents will have to pass through a number of checkpoints, and at each you must present your re-entry placard or ID and tax bill. There will be checkpoints at each town, you may not stop in any town, and must proceed directly to Harvey Cedars. You may not go north of Harvey Cedars. Phil was stopped 4 times in HC and was asked what he was doing there until his identity and reason for being on the island were verified.  Public officials and security/safety personnel are very concerned about possible looters, and are being very diligent in their efforts to prevent from happening. In addition to roadway security, the waterways are being patrolled by State Police and Coast Guard units to prevent un-authorized entry by boat. Remember, there is a curfew from 6am- 6pm. Be aware that the bridge is shut down at during curfew hours. As we have stated, keep your ID/info with you at all times.

Electricity: It was restored to most of Harvey Cedars shortly after noon today. It was done safely in sections with HC Highpoint Volunteer Fire Department personnel present looking for problems as each section was turned on. The rest of Harvey Cedars electrical power should be back on by tomorrow. Special thanks to our volunteer firefighters. If you have ever wondered if you should send in a check during their annual fund drive, we think that should be an easy answer from now on.

Homeowner Cleanup: HC wants to do clean up in stages. First will be perishable items such as spoiled food and smaller debris. Large items such ruined appliances and furniture will come later.  Please put the perishables and small items in your cans and black garbage bags and place them at curbside. We will keep you apprised of the larger item pickup. We would suggest if you need any clean up type supplies that you bring them with you before coming onto the Island.

Phil’s assessment of damage: Because of the pictures and videos we and other outlets have been able to post, Phil did not see anything that shocked him. He feels we were VERY lucky and look good, compared to other towns. His general assessment follows.

*North of Essex – Oceanside- “Looks good. Some beach entrances look like any August day. Others have some damage. I am surprised that it looked to be in good condition. I saw homes with gutters hanging or screens damaged, maybe something blown over. Some sand blown in the roads.”

*North of Essex – Bayside– “Garage and grade level floors have been exposed to water damage. Some wind damage. Some debris laying in yards.”

South of Essex – BOTH sides of the Blvd– “There is a lot of sand on both the Ocean and Bay side. There was wash over of the dunes. The road is clear, but the sand is piled up like snow piles. There is water damage, wind damage and debris. Garage doors/breakaway construction that was exposed to heavy water has been damaged. But damage is the general minority vs. majority.”

Misc: There are a number of displaced boats, but “not crazy”. Same with trash corrals and yard art/ornaments, outdoor furniture, etc. Owners will have to walk around and hopefully recognize their items and return them to their property.

Be sure to photograph and document anything before throwing it out for insurance purposes.

** Last minute info on voting for those displaced by Sandy. Read attached article: http://t.news.msn.com/politics/christie-orders-early-voting-fax-email-votes-accepted

We will touch base tomorrow and continue to publish daily updates, even if only to let you know nothing has changed. Have a good evening.


14 Responses to “Sat. Nov 3, 2012: Update 2”
  1. Robert McPherson says:

    I am a permanent resident and am concerned that I will not have enough time on Wednesday (?) to get my personal items out of my home. Being a year round resident will I be allowed to at another time get those items with my car?
    Robert McPherson
    5409C Long Beach Blvd.
    Harvey Cedars

  2. Robert McPherson says:

    Thank goodness Harvey Cedars did the beach replishment “you saved us”!

  3. The Eisners says:

    We thank you so very much for all the updates you have provided us . We have been on pins and needles this week not knowing how much damage Sandy did.

    We are now in Florida. I have several questions about returning to HC.
    1. Is the Emergency Management Team planning just one opening or will it be for multiple days.
    2. Will we able able to stay in our homes overnight or must we find off-island housing.
    3. We use a home-watch service. They have a key to our house. I believe we left their name with the police. Can they assess our house before we get there?
    4. Can I send our re-entry placard to our children?

    Again, thank you for keeping us informed.

  4. hctax says:

    We will let you know the date and time Robert when we get confirmation. We believe residents will be allowed back in HC and can stay at their home if they can mange it with out gas heat. However, you must be inside from 6pm until 6am. You can leave your home/island and return within those curfew hours, but will have to process through the check points each time. All homeowners will be treated equally be they part time or year round residents. SL

  5. hctax says:

    To the Eisners: Presently, we believe that once HC is opened to homeowners, you will be able to remain in your home as long as you can do so without natural gas (heat). You must obey the curfew from 6pm to 6am and have your documentation with you when out at all times. The police check everyone, in their effort to prevent looters from entering HC. As of this time, your home-watch service nor you children will not be allowed on Island or thru the multiple check points as the documentation( DL/ID and the names on the tax bill) does not match, even if they have the placard. The home watch employee could be anyone, they are not you and will not be allowed into HC.These are good questions and I will forward them to Phil to conform my answers with Jon. Susan Lewis

  6. D. Cziraky says:

    Our home is on E. Cumberland Avenue in HC. I just need a little reassurance from anyone who may know – were any houses totally destroyed? My home is located just beyond the LBI fishing club. Any information would be appreciated – I really don’t want to be surprised when we are allowed back on the island for clean up. Thanks.

  7. Elizabeth Klein says:

    I noticed that Robert (above) asked about his car….will we be driving our own cars to our homes,? As this is my permanent residence, I need to retrieve work clothes for the next several weeks, and my car would be very helpful. Thank you for all your help and information, it is greatly appreciated. ek

  8. Chris Donahower says:

    Phil, any idea how long the curfew will last, another week ? Month ? Thanks, Chris Donahower

  9. Paul Smith says:

    We really appreciate all the updates but understand that another Noreaster is scheduled to hit Tuesday night so we need to get into our homes prior to the storm. For many of us HC is our primary residence and all of our belongings are in our houses. If HC residents can safely access our homes why would there be any delay?

  10. hctax says:

    I just confirmed D. Cziraky that ONE house in HC had been deemed uninhabitable and that person has been notified. If that is not you, you are safe. Read my latest post, but the bridge will be open to get on the island from 7am until noon tomorrow- with placard and proper paperwork. Bridge closes at 3pm so that is when you will have to be across to leave. SL

  11. hctax says:

    Yes, you will be able to drive you own cars to load up. SL

  12. hctax says:

    Eisners again: This answer has changed. Read Nov 4, Update 1 for current info. Contractors with proper ID that are on the Boro list will be able to enter HC. They will not be permitted to pull any type of trailers (looter posing as contractor: prevention) SL

  13. hctax says:

    We have not an inkling Chris. SL

  14. hctax says:

    Please read Nov 4: Update 1 for more information. You can get on for a limited time starting at 7am IN THE MORNING! (Monday, Nov 5th) The problem is getting thru North Beach. SL


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