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Borough of Lavellette

State of Emergency Declaration

Issued by the Office of the Governor of the State of New Jersey
Executive Order 104 - State of Emergency Pdf File 15kB


Wet Debris Removal Situation Reports


FEMA BFE (Base Flood Elevation)
Lookup Tool
External Link


Updates From Various Non Borough Utilities.

JCP&L customers must contact JCP&L directly for restoration.
The JCP&L phone number is 1-800-662-3115 for reconnection.

JCP&L Demo Info

NJ American Water.
NJAM WebsiteExternal Link

NJNG’s Update Information
NJ Natural GasExternal Link
Sandy Restoration and Demo Information


Useful Links and updates from places offering assistance.


Legal Information

A toll-free hotline,
is now available for New Jersey survivors facing legal issues because of Hurricane Sandy.  Disaster survivors with storm-related legal issues can call the hotline to request free legal assistance.

The office will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday by members of the Young Lawyers Division of the New Jersey Bar Association. Voice messages can be left when the office is not staffed.


Housing Information

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, thousands of New Jersey residents have been displaced from their homes and are in need of housing. The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, an affiliated agency of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, has partnered with the non-profit organization to provide housing location services for Hurricane Sandy survivors. Long-term and short-term housing location
assistance is now available through the New Jersey Housing Resource Center
(NJHRC) located at Link
 The NJHRC is a free service to assist people in search of housing and to landlords who are looking to provide
housing. People without Internet access can call the bilingual toll-free
number 1-877-428-8844 for help using this service.
Flyer Pdf File


Financial Support
The Hirair and Anna Hovnanian
Foundation has pledged to donate up to $1,000,000 to local charities to help the working families and seniors of the area recover from
Superstorm Sandy.  The Hovnanian Family has proudly been part of the Ocean County Community for the past 50 years and we would like to take this opportunity to give back to the communities that helped us over the
years.  If you know of any charities that are doing great work in the
area who would like to apply for a grant please have them contact us.
We have set up a specific email address


Letter to the Governor

Letter From Mayor Walter LaCicero to Governor Chris Christie regarding access to Lavallette.
Letter To Governor Christie.pdf Pdf File


As the communities come together for the clean up mementos are being found. Use this page to reunite those found treasures with their rightful owners.
External Link


Super Storm Sandy


Previous Updates Regarding Super Storm Sandy

Information on this page is potentially outdated. It is provided to show a timeline of events and may not contain current information.


May 22, 2014

NJDOT clarifies Route 35 summer work schedule
New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner James Simpson today continued the Christie Administration’s “Listening Tour” to get direct feedback from residents, business owners, and local officials in Lavallette and announced all Route 35 travel lanes will be open this summer.
NJDOT clarifies Route 35 summer work schedule


May 9, 2014

NJDOT Commissioner tours businesses in Lavallette and announces Route 35 will be open this summer

New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner James Simpson today continued the Christie Administration’s “Listening Tour” to get direct feedback from residents, business owners, and local officials in Lavallette and announced all Route 35 travel lanes will be open this summer.
Read More


May 9, 2014

Ground Breaking Ceremony for the New Municipal Building
Please join the Mayor and Council for the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the
construction of the New Municipal Complex. The ceremony will take place on Monday,
May 12, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Location is 1306 Grand Central Avenue.


Press Conference with Governor Chris Christie
*Event Update*
A press conference regarding the Route 35 Highway Reconstruction Project is being held
on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. The Governor will be providing an update on
the Route 35 Highway Reconstruction Project. Location is The Music Man, 2305 Grand
Central Avenue.
This event has been cancelled.


April 23, 2014

Route 35 South Road Crossing Closure Notice
Paving will be taking place from now until Monday April 28, 2014 on 35 South.
Crossing Route 35 South will not be possible from President Avenue South to Philadelphia Avenue. Also from Philadelphia Avenue south to New Jersey Avenue. Philadelphia Avenue will be West Bound Traffic must turn before President Avenue, at Philadelphia Avenue or south of New Jersey Avenue to access their west bound destination.


April 22, 2014

Focus Group Study Seeks Participants Monmouth & Ocean County Residents
Have you experienced coastal flooding?
Do you rely on flood warnings and alerts to know when to prepare?
Do you wish you had more information about your flood risk?
Nurture Nature Center is recruiting participants for two focus groups, as part of a research project with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, about the use of National Weather Service flood forecast and warning tools. Participants should live in the Monmouth or Ocean Counties and be at least 18 years of age. Participants will be asked to answer questions and provide input about various flood warning tools and products issued by the National Weather Service.  Each participant will receive $30 for their time. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.
Register online at External Link or call 610-253-4432

Public Focus Group Flyer Pdf File
Ocean and Monmouth Counties Emergency Management Personnel Flyer Pdf File


April 1, 2014

Route 35 Reconstruction
Christie Administration highlights progress in reconstruction of Sandy-damaged Route 35 on Barnegat Peninsula 4/1/14 More Information


March 31, 2014


115,000 Tress seedlings to be given away to New Jersey residents in more than 100 Municipalities. From now until April 19, each participating town will distribute seedlings on a designed date. To find a distribution location. More Information


March 28, 2014

Preliminary Flood Maps
The Preliminary Flood Maps are now available for Ocean County and Lavallette. Please visit the FEMA Region 2 Website at www.Region2Coastal.comExternal Link for details. The issuance of the Preliminary Flood Map is the next phase in the process of adopted the new official Flood Insurance Rate Maps.
Also provided is a link to a municipal official’s PDF presentation which provides
information regarding the Preliminary Maps.
PDF presentation Pdf File


March 26, 2014

No Solicitation
No Solicitation
The Lavallette Police Department would like to notify any resident who signed up to be on the "No Solicitation" List, to please contact the police department to place your name on the list. Unfortunately the list was not kept in digital form at the time of Super Storm Sandy and was lost in the storm. We apologize for this inconvenience, and encourage all homeowners who wish to be on the "No Solicitation" list to contact the Police Department to be placed on the list.


March 21, 2014

Christie Administration Announces Summer Construction Schedule For Route 35
Construction On The Highway To Be Suspended In Most Locations; More Info


January 29, 2014

Lifeguard Headquarters

Due to the extent of the damaged sustained by Super Storm Sandy, the decision was made to demolish the Lavallette Lifeguard Headquarters located at the top of Philadelphia Avenue. The Borough wishes to solicit your comments and suggestions regarding the look / design appearance of the new replacement building. The new building must maintain the same footprint as the old one. The dimensions of the building must be maintained at 44’ x 21’. Anyone interested in providing a rendering or has suggestions for the outside design of the building can submit them to the Borough of Lavallette. Mailing Address: 1306 Grand Central Avenue, Lavallette, NJ 08735. Hand Delivered: Trailer #1 in the Fire Department Parking Lot located at 125 Washington Avenue, Lavallette.


December 23, 2013

Route 35 Reconstruction Alert - Traffic Shift from Route 37

Beginning on or about Monday, December 23, 2013, all Route 35 destined traffic entering the island from Route 37 eastbound will use the Route 35 north ramp.

For traffic destined for Route 35 south, motorists will turn right onto Central Avenue and continue straight following signs for Route 35 south.

Motorists destined for Route 35 north will use the same ramp and continue straight at Central Avenue which will become Route 35 north.

All traffic destined for Route 37 westbound will follow detour signs “To Bridge” via Central Avenue and turn west onto Hamilton Avenue.  This route is the direct approach to Route 37.


December 17, 2013

Supplemental Dune Grass Planting Program

The Borough of Lavallette has been able to acquire an additional 28,000 dune grass plants. Anyone interested in planting dune grass can pick up bundles of grass at the Public Works Recycling Center located at 120 Washington Avenue. Dune grass will also be available this Saturday, December 21st Avenue. We hope that if you have the time you will help us plant as much of this dune grass as possible. Dune grass should be planted 6 to 8 inches deep and should be spaced 12 inches apart. Please plant from the top of the dune and work down to the toe of the dune on the ocean side. at 10:00 a.m. at the top of Philadelphia Avenue.


December 16, 2013

Route 35 Reconstruction Alert - Seaside Heights / Seaside Park

Route 35 south from Lincoln Avenue in Seaside Heights to H Street in Seaside Park will be under construction beginning on or about Tuesday, December 17, 2013.  Through this area, southbound and northbound traffic will share the northbound lanes with one lane in each direction.

Route 35 Reconstruction Alert - Bayhead

The State's contractor will begin the reconstruction of Route 35 from Bridge Avenue to Johnson Avenue on or about Monday, December 16, 2013.  This mobilization and dewatering operation will require the closure of the Route 35 southbound lane.

NJDOT Route 35 Reconstruction Project
Hot Line: 732-230-7356
Email: Email Link
Web: www.RestoreNJ35.comExternal Link

We have setup a page for updates and alerts, as we receive them they will be posted to the
Rt 35 Reconstruction Project Page.


December 6, 2013

Lavallette Holiday Event bound motorists are encouraged to enter the island via Route 37/Mathis Bridge to avoid delays

Please be aware that due to the Route 35 Reconstruction Project, the route to Lavallette has changed since September.  Motorists are encouraged to enter the island from the southern bridge to avoid potential traffic delays occurring in Bay Head and Mantoloking.  Via Route 37 east, motorists will take the Route 35 South ramp and keep in the left lane.  Continue through the "S" curve and remain in the far left lane onto Central Avenue heading north.  Continue to Hiering Avenue and turn right.  Turn left at the end of the block onto the Boulevard.  This will become Route 35 North heading into Lavallette Borough.  Construction directional signs are posted throughout this route to assist motorists.


December 3, 2013

Route 35 Reconstruction Alert

Please be advised there will be a traffic pattern change in the area of Toms River and Seaside Heights beginning on or about Monday, December 2nd. Please refer to the attached advisory Pdf File and map Pdf File for details.

Please be advised there will be a traffic pattern change in Mantoloking beginning on or about Tuesday, December 3rd. Please refer to the attached advisory for details. Pdf File

NJDOT Route 35 Reconstruction Project
Hot Line: 732-230-7356
Email: Email Link
Web: www.RestoreNJ35.comExternal Link

We have setup a page for updates and alerts, as we receive them they will be posted to the
Rt 35 Reconstruction Project.


October 29, 2013

2013 Ocean County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan

The plan will be posted on the project website:,External Link
from October 15th till November 15thfor public review.


October 24, 2013

Manasquan to Barnegat Inlet Federal Beachfill Crossover Plan

 The NJ Department of Environmental Protection has provided the Borough with the Federal Beachfill Crossover Plan. Attached is a copy of the plan that includes the proposed beach access points. We have been requested to provide comments by October 30, 2013. Please submit your comments regarding the plan to below. Sheets 1-14 Pdf File and Sheets 15-28 Pdf File
Provide Comments Here


Sandy Living Expenses Voucher Program Delivers Relief To New Jersey’s Working Families

The Christie Administration today announced a new $57 million Sandy Housing and Rental Assistance Program, “The Working Families Living Expenses Voucher Program.” The program will provide housing stability for individuals and families impacted by Superstorm Sandy and ensure that affected households have items essential for health and safety when they return to their home.
More Information Pdf File


October 10, 2013

Please participate in our survey at: Link

Your participation will help ensure that the concerns of those most impacted by Superstorm Sandy will remain in the public eye.

Contact TIM TRACEY at 732-263-5860 or

This project is being conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute and is supported by the New Jersey Recovery Fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey. The Fund is focused on bold, long-term solutions that promote economic vitality, healthy ecosystemsstrong and engaged communities, government transparency and a fair distribution of recovery resources.


August 28, 2013

Traffic Alert – Route 35 Reconstruction Project

Route 35 / NB & SB/ MP 4.0 to 9.7
Toms River and Brick Townships, Boroughs of Mantoloking and Lavallette / Ocean County

 Complete reconstruction of the NB & SB Roadway, including utility relocation, drainage, improvements and paving. 

 Anticipated Traffic Impacts: Lane and Shoulder Closing on the South Bound Roadway.

Description of New Traffic Pattern:   Long Term Right Lane and Shoulder Closure. One Lane to be maintained.

Proposed Start Date of New Project:   Tuesday September 3, 2013

Initially, the Left Lane will be temporarily shut down in order to perform striping in the Left Lane. Traffic will then be shifted to the Left Lane or Left Shoulder, so that the Right Lane and Shoulder can be closed.
Download Flyer Pdf File Website www.restorenj35.comExternal Link


August 14, 2013

Secondary homeowners facing the struggles of rebuilding following Superstorm Sandy are invited to Wednesday 8/14/13 meeting hosted by Rebuild Our Shore. 

Though originally planned for the Silverton fire house, the meeting location was changed to Toms River Intermediate School North, 150 Intermediate North Way, after a large number of locals said they plan to attend.

The meeting, which is expected to be attended by local, state and FEMA representatives, begins at 7:30 p.m.

“The purpose of the meeting is to present and talk about proposals to assist Secondary Homeowners through channels including but not limited to fundraising, affordable rental conversions and legislative activism,” said Joseph Driscoll of Rebuild Our Shore.


August 13, 2013

Flyer Pdf File


July 8, 2013

Route 35 Reconstruction Public Information Center

Lavallette Elementary School Tuesday July 9, 2013 4pm-7pm
105 Brooklyn Avenue
Flyer Pdf File


June 25, 2013

Sandy Recovery Mobile Cabinets

The Christie Administration will continue hosting a series of Sandy Recovery Mobile Cabinets in Ocean County to discuss the latest recovery programs and assist local homeowners and businesses in their recovery and rebuilding efforts. Representatives from the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and the Economic Development Authority (EDA) will be on hand at various locations to meet with affected residents and answer questions related to the housing and business assistance programs available through the federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) recently awarded as part of the federal disaster relief fund.

Homeowners and business owners interested in attending can expedite the process by bringing relevant documentation related to the issue they are facing.


Representatives from the Department of Community Affairs and Economic Development Authority
Mobile Recovery Cabinet to Assist Sandy-Impacted Homeowners and Businesses
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fire House
202 Downer Avenue, Mantoloking, NJ 


Representatives from the Department of Community Affairs and Economic Development Authority
Mobile Recovery Cabinet to Assist Sandy-Impacted Homeowners and Businesses
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Borough Hall
461 New Jersey Avenue,  Point Pleasant Beach, NJ


Representatives from the Department of Community Affairs and Economic Development Authority
Mobile Recovery Cabinet to Assist Sandy-Impacted Homeowners and Businesses
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
A&P Supermarket
5 Ortley Plaza, Ortley Beach, NJ


Representatives from the Department of Community Affairs and Economic Development Authority
Mobile Recovery Cabinet to Assist Sandy-Impacted Homeowners and Businesses
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Seaside Heights Courthouse
116 Sherman Avenue, Seaside Heights, NJ


June 17, 2013

Important Update - Preliminary Work Maps:

The Preliminary Work Map information is now available on the FEMA Region 2 Coastal

www.Region2Coastal.comExternal Link
The online Tool, “What is my Base Flood Elevation (BFE)?” is also available on
www.Region2Coastal.comExternal Link for residents and property owners.

Lavallette Preliminary Maps
OceanNJ_Panel_0327 Pdf File
OceanNJ_Panel_0329 Pdf File


June 10, 2013


New Jersey residents with questions about the National Flood Insurance Program and mitigation techniques have a helpline to call to get the most up-to-date information. 

The number is 1-877-287-9804 for people who need information about flood insurance, the latest maps, or other mitigation topics and issues.  Policyholders with questions or concerns about their claims may also speak with NFIP specialists.

The helpline operates from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.  Additional information is available at Link


May 29, 2013 Update

Post Sandy Workshops In New Jersey: Non-Structural Floodproofing
Co-Sponsored by ASFPM and NJAFM

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, affected property owners all over the region are facing decisions on when, how, and where to rebuild.  This decision is especially important in light of the future high cost of flood insurance and increasing risks from coastal storms.  There are many nonstructural floodproofing techniques that can be used and participation in this workshop will enable you to better understand and explain these options to your citizens or clients.

This technical workshop will focus on the “how” aspect, covering different rebuilding and redevelopment options.  The floodproofing workshop will include topics such as:

  • Elevation
  • Acquisition/demolition/relocation
  • Taking alternative measures such as zoning and transfer development
  • Dry and wet floodproofing
  • Costs for nonstructural floodproofing
  • NFIP Regulations
  • Biggert/Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012

Two national experts, Mr. Gene Barr and Mr. Larry Buss who were former members of the US Army Corps of Engineers National Nonstructural Floodproofing Committee, will be leading this workshop.  Gene and Larry bring decades of floodproofing experience and knowledge that can be applied in many situations, whether it be for residential structures or commercial businesses.

Two identical workshops will be offered in New Jersey:

  1. Thursday, June 6, 2013 – City of Hoboken (94 Washington Street, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030)
    • Public Officials - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm (Planning Board Conference Room)
    • Local Residents – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (City Council Chambers)
  2. Friday, June 7, 2013 – City of Newark (City Council Chambers, 920 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102)
    • Public Officials - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
    • Local Residents – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Please go to for more information and to register.

Note: Everyone is required to register online at to ensure an accurate head count and CEC credit.  If you are not a NJAFM member, please consider becoming a member for important updates and future free training opportunities.


May 22, 2013 Update
Updated 6/4/13, 8/2/13 and 8/6/13

Community Development Block Grant

The Christie Administration announced that applications for the following programs offered through the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Action Plan will be available this Friday, May 24, 2013. Applications for the various program will be made through the State of New Jersey – Department of Community Affairs website at Link

Sandy victims can apply online or through a hotline: 1-855-SANDYHM (1-855-726-3946). The TTY/TDD numbers for the hearing impaired are 609-984-7300 or 1-800-286-6613

Homeowner Programs

Rental Programs

Business Programs

New 6/4/13: The state has just released two very helpful FAQ documents pertaining to the two main CDBG homeowner programs. The first explains the $150,000 max grant RREM program, and the second explains the $10,000 resettlement grant. Please find the links below.


Resettlement FAQ: Link

 To view the Action Plan, visit the NJ Department of Community Affairs’ website at Link Pdf File 5.73mb

Register with the state to receive updates on programs and grants.
State of New Jersey Superstorm Sandy Recovery DivisionExternal Link

The Christie Administration announced that Sandy-impacted homeowners have until August 1, 2013 to apply for the Homeowner Resettlement and Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) Programs.

New as of 8/6/13
1019K Pdf File
REM Process Graph_Spanish_combined.pdf
1020K Pdf File



On July 30, 2013, the federal government issued a notice in response to the various requests from the Christie Administration to allow for reimbursement of homeowners and landlords of costs they have already undertaken to rebuild, repair and mitigate their homes, or rental properties.

The notice provides guidance to recovery programs funded by the federal government through the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) grants. The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) will issue additional guidelines and procedures in the coming week to ensure the maximum benefit is applied to New Jersey’s Sandy-impacted households and landlords.

Eligible Housing Programs:


  • The State is still currently restricted by the federal government on reimbursement of costs incurred after the Time of Application; therefore, continuing with work after an application has been submitted will likely make that work  ineligible for the grant funds.
    • Homeowners, landlords and businesses are advised that it is their choice to continue work; however, it is in their best interest to stop ongoing construction and repairs in order to maximize the costs that CAN be covered by the grant funds.
    • This is a decision for homeowners, landlords and businesses to make, and this guidance is only to alert them of the risks associated with a decision to continue work.
    • Homeowners, rental property owners and businesses that have started work are advised to keep all receipts of money spent to date on activities related to the rebuild, repair and mitigation of their property for possible reimbursement.

General Guidance from the Federal Government: 

  • Allows reimbursement of eligible costs as a result of Sandy that were incurred by an applicant PRIOR to the TIME OF APPLICATION.
  • Reimbursement rules:
    • Before any CDBG-DR funds can be provided for reimbursement to the applicant, an environmental review must be completed and cleared by the State. 
    • Costs must be considered within federal guidelines as “necessary and reasonable” for federal program funds.
    • Limited to properties where work has been done on the same footprint as before.

Due to limited federal funding, it is unlikely that even with an additional allocation that every RREM applicant who was placed on the wait list will receive an award, even if New Jersey receives additional funds from the federal government. Therefore, those who are waitlisted should be guided by that fact as they choose whether or not to begin to repair or reconstruct their Sandy-damaged home.



May 13, 2013 Update

imageLavallette Boardwalk Completion Ceremonyimage

We have finished our boardwalk thanks to many...

We are ready for "SUMMER FUN"
May 20, 2013
Philadelphia Avenue Boardwalk
11am *Time Change*
We welcome all and especially
Special Guest Governor Chris Christie



May 10, 2013 Update

Lavallette Badge Office Opens For Business

Pre Season Hours:

Fridays 3-7pm Saturday-Monday 9am-3pm

Badge Office / Welcome Center
Trailer 3 Lavallette Firehouse Parking Lot 125 Washington Ave.

Download Beach Badge Order Form Pdf File


May 7, 2013 Update

Public Meeting Notice – Ocean County Multi-Jurisdictional All Hazard Mitigation Planning  

The public and stakeholder meetings for collecting input on developing the Ocean County Multi-Jurisdictional All Hazards Mitigation Plan are planned for two dates in May.  The meetings will be held as open houses with stations providing and collecting valuable hazard mitigation information.  Brief presentations will be held at 4:00, 5:00 and 6:00 p.m.  Sessions on May 14th and 20th will be the same and are scheduled to be convenient to attendees in the northern and southern portion of the County as follows:

May 14, 2013
3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Open House
Brief presentations at 4:00, 5:00 and 6:00 p.m.
Ocean County Office of Emergency Management
RJ Miller Air Park
Rt. 530 & Mule Rd.
Berkeley Township, NJ

May 20, 2013
3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Open House
Brief presentations at 4:00, 5:00 and 6:00 p.m.
Ocean County Southern Service Center
179 S. Main St.
Manahawkin, NJ 08050

All are welcome to attend and we encourage all residents and stakeholders to attend.  Attached is a flyer that provides information regarding the meeting (Insert Attachment).

Flyer Pdf File


April 22, 2013

ABFE Information - Coastal Outreach Advisory Team

COAT presentation Pdf File

Rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy Building Safer and Stronger Pays Off Pdf File

 Fact sheet, dated March, 2013, about the Biggert-Waters 2012 Pdf File


April 10, 2013 Update

NJDEP Press Release regarding the upcoming Boating and Fishing Season.

After overseeing the removal of more than 8 million cubic yards of household and vegetative debris and sand from the streets, the State of New Jersey has initiated an intensive effort to remove Superstorm Sandy debris from our tidal waterways. The State hired three contractors with experience in disaster recovery, debris removal, vessel salvage and coastal restoration. They will remove debris including cars, buildings, docks, boardwalks, abandoned vessels, pilings, household items, trees, accumulated sand and many other materials from coastal and tidal waterways from Bergen County to Cape May and up the Delaware Bay to the Delaware Memorial Bridge in Salem County. The affected waters of the State have been divided into 11 zones (map: Link

Pdf File), and each contractor has been assigned to zones for debris removal. The State also hired a Project Manager to ensure that the debris removal work is on schedule, in compliance with laws and consistent with FEMA reimbursement requirements. The State is seeking Public Assistance Grants from FEMA to fund the waterway debris removal project. Link

Pdf File Link

Pdf File


March 28, 2013 Update

Proposed Locations of Dune Openings to Access the Beach for the 2013 Summer Season

Below is a link to a map that depicts the proposed locations for access to the beach for the 2013 Summer Season. With the dune and the beach in such a vulnerable state it is thought best to limit the amount of openings in the dune system for this up and coming season. The governing body discussed these locations during their meeting of March 25, 2013. Please review the map. Anyone who wishes to comment or make any suggestions regarding this proposal can do in by attending the next Council Meeting, which is scheduled for April 8, 2013. Map was approved at the Council Meeting April 8, 2013.
Proposed Locations Map Pdf File


Super Storm Sandy Wet Debris Removal
Andrew Mills/The Star-Ledger
For the latest information and updates regarding Super Storm Sandy wet debris removal.
Please Click Here.


March 15, 2013 Update

Postal Services Update
Mobile Post Office
Mobile post office trucks have arrived in the Firehouse parking lot, residents can pick up mail from PO Boxes in town instead of Brick. The mobile postal trucks will be providing retail services when the trucks are fully stocked. Postal Hours 7:15am -3:45pm


March 13, 2013 Update

What New Jersey Residents Need To Know About The Christie Administration’s Proposed First Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Action Plan (CDBG)

“This plan puts into motion the specific actions we’ve been designing to get relief out as quickly as possible to our Sandy-impacted homeowners and businesses – to reconstruct, rehabilitate and elevate homes, and to get over hurdles for our small businesses to get up and running again. These programs have been carefully, but quickly designed to fill the unmet needs faced by our residents to rebuild in a safer, more enduring way, to strengthen our impacted local economies going into this summer, and to help preserve the unique character of our shore communities as we’ve known them. With this first round of funding, we will also begin an aggressive marketing effort to let people both in the region and across the country know that New Jersey is rebounding and that the Jersey Shore will be open for business this summer.” – Governor Chris Christie

The Christie Administration today unveiled its proposed Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Action Plan, which outlines how the State plans to utilize $1,829,520,000 in federal funding. This is the first phase of Community Development Block Grant funds provided to New Jersey by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Additional CDBG recovery funds are expected in the coming months. With this first phase of funding, the Christie Administration is focusing primarily on helping homeowners, renters, businesses and communities impacted by Superstorm Sandy.

  • The proposed Action Plan incorporates input from Sandy-impacted communities and stakeholder groups whose engagement will continue throughout the State’s recovery, rebuilding and restoration process.
  • CDBG Disaster Recovery funds are intended to address unmet needs not satisfied by private insurance, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration, or other sources.
  • The Christie Administration will dedicate over 50% of funding for low-to-moderate-income households, in accordance with HUD guidelines.
  • Additionally, per HUD guidelines, 80 percent of the funds will be dedicated to the nine most heavily impacted counties in the state: Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Union.
  • If approved by HUD, the Christie Administration expects that more than 20,000 homeowners, more than 5,000 renters and more than 10,000 businesses will be helped, as well as dozens of local governmental units.

Today’s announcement represents an important step in distributing the federal resources necessary to aid New Jersey’s rebuilding by developing the state’s specific plan for how those resources will be spent. Following a seven day period for public comment, the Christie Administration will submit the Action Plan to HUD for approval. Following HUD approval, the Christie administration will have in place a specific, detailed outline to guide spending.

To view the Action Plan, visit the NJ Department of Community Affairs’ website at Link Pdf File 5.73mb
View Full Press Release HereExternal Link


Army Corps of Engineers Beach Replenishment Project

Army Corps of Engineers report on beach replenishment available for review. Click Here.Pdf File


March 7, 2013 Update

Hope for New Jersey:
An Event Providing Housing Recovery Resources for Homeowners Affected by Superstorm Sandy

Date: March 9, 2013
Time: 10am to 4pm
Location: Faith Fellowship World Outreach Center
2707 Main Street, Sayreville, NJ 08872

On March 9, 2013, all homeowners affected by Superstorm Sandy will have an opportunity to meet with mortgage industry experts, housing counselors, insurance companies and other housing-related organizations at the Hope for New Jersey Event in Sayreville, NJ.

Mortgage servicers will be available to discuss mortgages and insurance as it relates to disaster relief. A HUD-approved, nonprofit housing counselor will be onsite to provide options involving disaster relief and housing assistance.  A representative from the insurance industry will go over the claims process and what it entails.  A representative from the Office of the Attorney General will have a discussion on how to avoid home improvement scams.

Attendees should bring a copy of their monthly mortgage statement, information about other mortgages on your home, documentation of all income and all property insurance documents, including any adjuster damage assessments.

The following service providers will be in attendance:


Bank of America, GMAC, Chase, Citi, One West Bank, SunTrust, US Bank, Homeward Residential, PNC, Nationstar, US Bank, Ocwen, Wells Fargo, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, M & T.


AllState Insurance, Liberty Mutual, Farmers Insurance, NJ Better Business Bureau, Central Jersey Legal Services, OSHA, NJ Consumer Affairs, NJ Social Serve, HMFA, Loan Scam, Lawyers Committee, NJ Housing Resource Center.


Affordable Housing Alliance, American Credit Alliance, Inc., Consumer Credit and Budget Counseling, Faith Fellowship, Novadebt, Tri-City Peoples Corporation, Urban League of Essex County.

For questions or additional information, please contact Hope Now Alliance at
(202) 589-1938 or visit www.hopenow.comExternal Link



March 7, 2013 Update

Federal Funding Disaster Relief Information

A Review of Federal Funding Disaster Relief for those affected by Super Storm Sandy

Monmouth County tried to summarize the funding availability for individuals as best as possible:
Click here to view the PowerPoint Presentation they created.



March 6, 2013 Update

Residential / Commercial Debris and Construction Material

The deadline for curb side pick of all storm-damaged debris has passed. Pre-Sandy trash and recycling rules are now in effect. All garbage shall be placed in dark – colored, heavy – gauge plastic bags or metal, plastic or vinyl containers that are designed for such purpose with handles and a tight lid. The container shall be no more than fifty (50) gallons in volume. The lid may not be attached in such a manner, such as tied with a rope, string or cord, as to cause a hazard for municipal collection personnel. Garbage placed for municipal collection shall not contain any of the designated recyclable materials, materials resulting from demolition, construction or hazardous waste. Recycling materials shall be place at curbside during your regularly-scheduled recycling pick-up date. All materials resulting from demolition and construction must be disposed of at the property owner’s expense. The Borough will continue to accept clean beach sand. If you have not cleared the sand from your property at this point you will need to contact the Department of Public Works. The Department will inspect and provide guidance on the sand removal and/or disposal on a case by case basis.


March 6, 2013 Update

Public Hearing Announcement below regarding Advisory Base Flood Elevations.

This notice was received by the Borough of Lavallette on March 6, 2013 at 12:20pm

This hearing is to gather testimony on the emergency flood hazard area rule that includes the requirement that the FEMA Advisory Base Flood Elevations be used as the basis for determining the 100 year flood levels.  If you cannot attend the public hearing you can send comments to the Department.
 Comment period ends March 21, 2013

 Hearing info:  Thursday, March 7, 2013, 5:30 P.M.
City of Long Branch Municipal Building
Council Chambers
344  Broadway, 2nd Floor
Long Branch, NJ  07740

Submit written comments by March 21, 2013 electronically at Link

The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) encourages electronic submittal of comments. In the alternative, comments may be submitted on paper to:

Gary J. Brower, Esq.
Attention: DEP Docket No. 01-13-01
Office of Legal Affairs
Department of Environmental Protection
401 East State Street, 4th Floor
Mail Code 401-04L
P.O. Box 402
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0402


February 4, 2013

Update regarding the ABFE’s Maps and Model Ordinance

 Below is a copy of the latest communication and attachments received from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding the Advisory Base Flood Elevation Maps and model flood hazard ordinance.

Honorable Mayors & Floodplain Administrators,

Attached is a letter from John Moyle, New Jersey NFIP Coordinator, on advising affected communities to adopt the Advisory Base Flood Elevation (ABFE) maps and the latest ABFE model ordinance. The map panels and their publication dates for each community shall follow in a separate email in the next two days. These panels and publication dates are to be inserted in section 3.2 of the model ordinance. Those communities that do not have floodways should not include the floodway language contained in the ABFE model ordinance.

Community ABFE letter Pdf File
Rebuild from Hurricane Sandy 2-5-13 Pdf File
Generic Co Model D&E ABFE Ord RevE image


February 20, 2013

Important Reminder – Residential Storm Damaged Debris

The deadline to remove all Sandy-related storm damage debris is quickly approaching. Lavallette residents need to place these materials out for curbside pickup before the February 28, 2013 deadline. This is the last opportunity to have this debris included and made part of the Borough’s Public Assistant reimbursement through FEMA. Please make every effort to perform the last cleanup of your properties and get these materials out to curbside. Debris placed at curbside after the deadline will not be picked up by the Borough or its contractor. The property owner will be responsible for these disposal costs after the February 28, 2013 deadline.


Post Office Update 2/21/13
The Mayor of Lavallette spoke with representatives of the post office who advised him that a retail post office would return to the Borough of Lavallette. In addition a temporary postal structure will be in place in the near future.


February 19, 2013

Governor Chris Christie is holding a press conference in Lavallette Tuesday 2/19 at 11:30a.m at the Firehouse.



The rebuilding process continues.

Second picture courtesy Mark Speaker


February 5, 2013

Flood Hazard Mitigation Program

The Borough of Lavallette received notice from the Ocean County Sherriff’s Department – Office of Emergency Management that the deadline from submission of Lavallette’s Letter of Intent regarding the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program has been extended to March 22, 2013 for all Ocean County Municipalities. If you are interested in participating in the Hazard Mitigation Program please review the program information below and complete the online survey. Please include ALL of the required information and submit the survey form by March 18, 2013.  



Help spread the word that deadline is closing in

If you know anyone still struggling to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy please remind them the deadline to register for disaster assistanceExternal Link through the Federal Emergency Management Agency is January 30 2013.

FEMA disaster assistance may include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

Still looking for a new rental?

The state of New Jersey and FEMA have identified more than 700 homes and apartments available for rentExternal Link in Atlantic, Monmouth and Ocean counties.

The exact number of available rentals fluctuates as units are occupied and new listings are added, but up-to-date listings can be found at www.socialserve.comExternal Link where you can select the New Jersey link to do a search.


Disaster unemployment assistance deadline nears

The deadline to apply for disaster unemployment assistanceExternal Link is Feb. 4. The program covers self-employed individuals and others left jobless as a direct result of Hurricane Sandy and who may not be covered by regular unemployment insurance.

If you plan to file a disaster unemployment assistance claim, you must first file a claim for regular unemployment assistance.


Hurricane Sandy Recovery Resources


FEMA disaster assistance registration and helpline: 800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY 800-462-7585

Apply online for assistance: DisasterAssistance.govExternal Link

Smartphone/tablet: Link

Find the nearest disaster recovery center: Link or text “DRC” and your “zip code” to 43362

Small Business Administration

Customer service center: 800-659-2955, TTY 800-877-8339

Disaster assistance website: Link

Resources for Additional Needs

New Jersey disaster case management: 877-510-6762 or email at image

Cleanup resources and local recovery efforts: 2-1-1 or online at NJ211.orgExternal Link

NJ Helps: NJhelps.orgExternal Link

American Red Cross: 800-733-2767 or online at RedCross.orgExternal Link

New Jersey Hope and Healing: 877-294-HELP (4357), TTY 877-294-4356

Disaster legal services: 888-541-1900

Disaster unemployment: Online at NJuifile.netExternal Link


Post Office Update 1/15/13
The Borough of Lavallette received mail for the first time today. The US Post Service has resumed delivery to the Lavallette. There is currently no Post Office at this time.


January 4, 2013 Update


Postal Service

 Lavallette Residents – We need Your Help.
Lavallette currently does not have post office services on the barrier island. We need your help to let the US Post Office know that it is time to restore that service to the barrier island. Please contact them directly and let them know that it is time to restore postal service to the barrier island. The number you should call is 856-933-4459.  

Post Office Update 1/10/13
We received a site visit today from the Lavallette Post Master. He is working on a plan to restore postal service back into Lavallette by as early as next week. We will continue to keep you updated when more information becomes available. He did mention that clear access must be available to your mailbox (you must also have a mailbox) in order to receive mail at your property.


FEMA Advisory Base Flood Elevation (ABFE) Information

 Below is a list of resources containing valuable information and resources related to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Advisory Base Flood Elevation (ABFE) products for coastal New Jersey. The contents listed below are available utilizing the links provided in each topic.

 ABFE Map Images: This link contains PDF format visual representations of the ABFE data for the Lavallette Map Panel. LavalletteABFEMap.pdf Pdf File 3.11 MB

Also provided is a link that allows you to insert your address and determine what is MY Property’s ABFE. Link

 Model Ordinance – this template model ordinance has been developed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for use by communities who decide to formally adopt the ABFEs for regulatory purposes. Model DEP ABFE OrdA image

 ABFE Outreach Materials: Below are a number of outreach materials that will help you better understand and use the ABFE information. These materials include:

 Hurricane Sandy Advisory Base Flood Elevations (ABFEs) fact sheet – This document provides an overview of the ABFEs for affected New Jersey counties. Sandy_ABFE_Fact_Sheet Pdf File. 146KB

  Hurricane Sandy Advisory Base Flood Elevations – NJ and NY Frequently Asked Questions fact sheet – This document explains implications of ABFEs for affected New York and New Jersey counties
Sandy_ABFE_FAQ_Fact_Sheet Pdf File

  Hurricane Sandy Key Messages – This fact sheet provides important messages for local community decision-makers Hurricane_Sandy_Key_Messages Pdf File 64KB

  If Your Home or Business has been Flooded: Build Back Safer and Stronger: What You Need to Know fact sheet – This tri-fold provides National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) information regarding new legislation, reducing risk and premiums, and managing future flood risks.
Build_Back_Fact_Sheet Pdf File.

  Rebuilding After Hurricane Sandy; Building Safer and Stronger Pays Off – This fact sheet provides information on how rebuilding using ABFE maps will provide long-term cost savings to property owners. Rebuilding_after_Hurricane_Sandy Pdf File 1.8MB

  ABFE Information for New Jersey and New York: Glossary of Map Layers and Key Terms – This document provides descriptions of the data layers shown on FEMA's ABFE maps. This is especially important if you plan to use this information in your community’s Geographic Information System (GIS). ABFE_Map_Glossary Pdf File 151KB

 Using the FEMA GeoPortal Advisory Base Flood Elevations Map – This is a guide for using the FEMA GeoPortal to view the ABFE maps FEMA_GeoPortal_ABFE_Map_Quick_Reference Pdf File 907KB


The “What is My Advisory Base Flood Elevation (ABFE)” Address Lookup Tool:

A Quick and Easy Way to Get the ABFE for Your Property - The “What is My ABFE” tool can be used to find out the ABFE for a location quickly and easily by entering a property address. This document provides guidance on the use of the tool. What_is_my_ABE_Tool Pdf File 314KB

 ABFE Presentation for the Use of Community Officials – This PowerPoint presentation provides information regarding ABFEs for community officials to use at community meetings.
Advisory_BFEs_Local_Official_Presentation image

 Media Q&As on Advisory Base Flood Elevations For Local Officials’ Use – This fact sheet provides high-level media question and answers ABFE-Media_Responses Pdf File 31KB

 Changes in the Flood Insurance Program; Preliminary Considerations for Rebuilding – This document provides answers to questions regarding the Biggert-Waters 2012 legislation passed by Congress regarding the National Flood Insurance Program and how those changes to the Program affect property owners. Changes_in_the_Flood_Insurance_Program Pdf File 44KB

 Increased Cost of Compliance Coverage: How You Can Benefit fact sheet – This tri-fold provides information about coverage availability and how to file an Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) claim ICC_Fact_Sheet Pdf File. 837KB

 FEMA Building Science Resources to Assist with Reconstruction after Hurricane Sandy fact sheet – This document provides resources for property owners regarding rebuilding
Building_Science_ Fact_Sheet Pdf File. 2.393MB

 Use of Flood Insurance Study (FIS) Data As Available Data: Flood Management Bulletin 1-98 – This bulletin provides guidance on the use of FIS data as “available data” for regulating floodplain development FM_Bulletin_1-98 Pdf File.472KB

 Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Programs fact sheet – This document provides information on the different grant programs, eligibility, costs, and process for applications.
HMA_Grants_Fact_Sheet Pdf File.2.66MB

 ABFE Additional Resources – This document provides links to additional information resources pertinent to Hurricane Sandy recovery. ABFE_Additional_Resources Pdf File 52KB

 EMA Homeowner’s Guide to Retrofitting  – This document provides a detailed guide regarding various options available to raise existing structures, especially those that are now in the newly created V zone. fema_312_a Pdf File 26.37MB

 Additional information about Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, the ABFE information, and flood hazard mapping efforts currently underway in coastal New Jersey and New York can be found at Link
You can also call the National Flood Insurance Program Help Center at 1(800) 427-4661.


Power Restoration

Please keep in mind that as we repair the electric infrastructure there may be sporadic outages. They will be as short as possible. Thank you for your continued patience during this time


Electric Bills Have Been Issued

 Borough electric crews were in town throughout the duration of Super Storm Sandy and began the restoration process the following day. The current bill covers, in some cases, usage dating back to October. In other cases the bill includes usage through December 20, 2012. In order to maintain the electric utility budget it is necessary to send a bill for two months of minimum charges.
Bills are due by January 10, 2013.


The Office of the Tax Assessor

 For those of you that need to speak with the Tax Assessor. He can be reached at the following number on Wednesday and Thursday evenings between the hours of 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Please leave a voice message for him if he does not pick up immediately; he will return your call. At this point, he has received nearly a thousand completed material depreciation forms. Each property will be inspected and a determination will be made prior to the recertification of the tax rolls. Please be patient. The phone number is 732-269-3166 Extension 26.


Lost and Found Shed

 This shed currently is currently being stored on the Borough’s Temporary Dump site along Bay Boulevard. If you are the owner and would like to retrieve it before it gets dispose of please contact the Department of Public Works. It is locked and you will have to provide either proof of ownership or have the key to the lock. Contact Diana at Public Works – (732) 793-7766    



December 18, 2012 Update


Damaged Caused By Super Storm Sandy / Debris Removal

Please take notice: All debris, including sand, relating to damage caused by Super Storm Sandy must be placed at curbside by no later than January 31, 2013. The disposal of debris removed after January 31, 2013 will be at the homeowner’s expense. All debris that was removed from your property must be placed at curbside within the Borough’s right-of-way (10 feet from the curb). Debris that is currently stockpiled outside of this area can not be picked up by the Borough’s debris management provider. Once again, the debris must be placed within the right-of-way. Debris Segregation PSA Pdf File


Boardwalk Removal from Private Property

If you have sections of boardwalk on your property that you are unable to removal, the Borough may be able to lend some assistance. FEMA has provided authorization for municipalities to adopt an Emergency Debris Removal from Private Property program. In order for the Borough to consider the adoption of the program we need to perform an assessment of the need. We have provided a Right-of-Entry form that needs to be completed and returned back to the Borough. The form can be mailed to the Borough of Lavallette, 1306 Grand Central Avenue, Lavallette, NJ 08735 or hand-delivered to the Administrative Trailer located in the Fire Department Parking Lot. Click hear for the Right of Entry Form Pdf File


Repairs to Substantially Damaged Structures

 If your home or business incurred damage, the Construction Department will need to determine if your structure has been substantially damaged. Substantially damaged means the cost to make your necessary repairs will meet or exceed 50% of the value of the structure. In Lavallette, we use the assessed value to make that determination.

 If you structure is substantially damaged, you may qualify for additional insurance money through the FEMA Increased Cost of Compliance Program (ICC).

 A form is attached for your reference and will need to be completed and submitted to the Construction Code Official in order for him to make the determination. Substantial Damage Form Pdf File

 Caution should be exercised when submitting this form. If a determination is made that your property did sustained substantial damage (50% or more) you will be required, along with the other needed repairs, to raise the structure in compliance with the Borough’s flood hazard ordinance.

 Also provided is a brochure relating to the FEMA’s Cost of Compliance Program (ICC). ICC Pdf File

 Also provided from FEMA are Mitigation Publications



December 14, 2012

Repopulation Plan

The Borough of Lavallette has received approval to allow the repopulation of our residents and property owners. Your ability to repopulate back into Lavallette is contingent upon the restoration of your water, sewer, electric and gas service to your property. As noted below, it is imperative that you submit the completed NJ Natural Gas “tag” to the Code Enforcement Officer. Upon submission of the tag and verification that all other utilities are provided to your property a permit will be issued that will allow you permanent access. Decals will be issued for each vehicle owned by you or someone who resides with you. Please bring that vehicle information with you when you turn in your completed gas tag and request a repopulation decal. Code Enforcement / building office is located in a trailer in firehouse parking lot.

Click here for the Repopulation Form. Pdf File

The Borough of Lavallette will be open to access on Saturday, December 15, 2012, starting at 8:00 am, utilizing the Route 37 Bridge only.


Gas Restoration

For information on the steps needed to restore gas service to your property, please visit the New Jersey Natural Gas website for information. NJ Natural GasExternal Link

Important Gas Restoration Note: It is imperative that the paper tag on the gas value be completed and returned to the Construction / Building Department trailer located in the fire department parking lot. The submission of this completed tag will be one of the requirements needed in order to permanently move back into Lavallette once the repopulation authorization has been granted.      

New Jersey Natural Gas has also provided the Borough with a map that provides locations where gas service has been restored and where gas lines have had to be temporarily retired due to storm related damage. Service to those damaged areas as provided on the map will not be available until the gas lines have been repaired or rebuilt. (old information Map of NJNG Restoration Status Pdf File)


Letter to the Governor
Letter From Mayor Walter LaCicero to Governor Chris Christie regarding access to Lavallette.

Letter To Governor Christie.pdf Pdf File


Property Owners That Sustained Material Depreciation Can Apply for Property Assessment Reduction

Ocean County property owners whose property suffered "material damage" may qualify
for a reduction of their property assessment for 2013. This form needs to be submitted no later than
January 10, 2013.

Caution should be exercised when submitting this form. If a disclosure is made that your property sustained substantial damage (50% or more) you will be required, along with the other needed repairs, to raise the structure in compliance with the Borough’s flood hazard ordinance.

Click here for more information Pdf File

Material Damage Form Pdf File


Towing of Vehicles and Watercraft:

  • All vehicles and watercraft located on private property can be towed on the homeowners / residents  and tenants’ day of entry.
  • All vehicles and watercraft located in the Lavallette Ball Field can be towed away starting on Monday, November 26th, 2012 on the homeowners / residents and tenants’ entry day.  The tow truck operator or owner must present paperwork for the vehicle or watercraft in question to the officer on duty.
  • All vehicles and watercraft located in the Lavallette boat ramp parking lot can be towed away starting Saturday, November 24th, 2012 on the homeowners / residents or tenants’ entry day.  The tow truck operator or owner must present paperwork for the vehicle or watercraft in question to the officer on duty.
  • Per the Asbury Park Press – All vehicles towed by APK Towing only: To reclaim property, registered owners should check the list of vehicles and watercraft online at Pdf File to find their property. Owners unable to view the list online should call the Division of Consumer Affairs at 800-242-5846. Owners will be able to reclaim the vehicles between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and at additional times to be determined next week. Vehicles towed prior to the storm are not included in the agreement.


Lavallette Project Connect

The Borough is looking to connect those Lavallette property owners that are having difficulties removing debris from within their homes and volunteer groups that are willing to provide this type of service.

If you need assistance or know someone that does please email the Borough's website administrator at In the subject line of your email please put "Lavallette Project Connect - and your Lavallette property address". Also provide your name and contact information in the body of the email.

If you are a volunteer group that is interested in providing this type of service please email the Borough's website administrator at In the subject line of the email please put "Lavallette Project Connect - Volunteer Group". In the body of the email please provide your name or the group's name and contact information.



Survivors of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey now have until January 30, 2013 to register for disaster assistance thorough the Federal Emergency Management Agency.



FEMA Office
Bell Crest Plaza Store Front 4CExternal Link
(Next to Foodtown)
953 Fischer Blvd.
Toms River, NJ 08753

Sign up to receive New Jersey recovery information by email Link

 Receive FEMA Updates During DisastersExternal Link
FEMA Smartphone AppsExternal Link


Damage Assessments

The Borough Engineer is in the process of completing a scope of work for all infrastructure repairs needed as a result of damaged incurred due to the storm. The Borough is required to seek competitive bids for these types of projects consistent with New Jersey and FEMA procurement policies. We are committed to expedite these repairs as expeditiously as possible. They include road and utility work, boardwalk replacement, restoration of our beaches, bayfront, ballfields, and municipal complexes.


Tax and Utility Payments

We continue to receive inquiries about the payment of quarterly taxes and utility bills. We truly appreciate the comments that we have received from you regarding the commitment to rebuild our wonderful community of Lavallette. We are receiving mail and payments can continue to be sent to our mailing address at 1306 Grand Central Avenue, Lavallette, NJ 08735.

The governing body approved a resolution that will temporarily rescind any interest penalties on late payments through December 31, 2012.



December 18, 2012

*Old, no longer valid*

FEMA Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) Program

The Borough of Lavallette may consider offering the STEP program, which was recently implemented by FEMA, in conjunction with the State. STEP provides federal reimbursements up to 75% to State and local governments for performing certain eligible work and services on private property.

 STEP consists of three distinct elements. Applicants, in this case the Borough, may use one or more elements of the program as appropriate to the needs of the community. The program consists of three elements. Those elements included:

Residential Electrical Meter Repairs
Shelter Essential Measures
Rapid Temporary Exterior Repairs

In order for the Borough to make a determination regarding its participation in the STEP program an assessment survey must be completed to ascertain the extent of the need for the program within the community.

The link below provides an overview of the STEP Program. Also provided is a FEMA Right-of-Entry permit and a STEP Survey that need to be completed by the property owner and returned to the Borough if you are interested in this program. This is not a guarantee that the Borough will commit to participate in this program.

 Overview of the STEP Program Pdf File
STEP Survey and Right of Entry Permit Pdf File


December 15, 2012

FEMA has released the new Advisory Base Flood Elevation (ABFE) Maps. To view
the Interactive Map for Lavallette please click on the link below. Link


December 14, 2012

Update on Release of Advisory Base Flood Elevation Information

 Given the urgency and level of reconstruction anticipated in Lavallette, FEMA’s Mitigation team is working with state and local counterparts to provide the best available data for reconstruction purposes in the form of Advisory Base Flood Elevations for those communities most affected.

The information depicts a more current picture of flood risk to communities. By delivering revised flood risk information, FEMA can empower communities and property owners to make more informed decisions about rebuilding and recovery that will increase resiliency to future disasters and provide potential cost savings on flood insurance premiums.

FEMA will be working closely with state and community officials to release this improved flood hazard data within the coming weeks for 10 counties in New Jersey to help them make informed decisions about rebuilding their homes and businesses. Use of this information will be required for certain FEMA funded recovery and mitigation activities after release and is highly encouraged for use in other rebuilding efforts.  

Ahead of this data becoming available, FEMA held webinars for local officials. Lavallette officials participated in those webinars to learn more about how these ABFEs will affect Lavallette in the long term recovery process.

Provided below are links to the transcript from that webinar, as well as, the Power Point presentation that was provided. If you are considering new construction or need to substantially improve your home it is imperative that your architect, contractor, or planning be made aware of the proposed Advisory Base Flood Elevations. The governing body is preparing the updates to the flood hazard ordinance with the intentions of approving the changes made to the ABFE’s.

Transcript from Webinar Pdf File
ABFE – Power Point Presentation


December 13, 2012

We have just received notification from NJ Natural Gas that the re-pressurization of gas lines in the Pelican Island section of the barrier island was not successfully completed today. Therefore, the barrier island will not be open to vehicle access on Friday, December 14. It is anticipated that the island will be reopened on Saturday, December 15th.


December 12, 2012

Planning Board Meeting

As noticed above, the Lavallette Planning Board has a schedule workshop meeting at 7:00 pm this evening at the Island Heights Municipal Building. One of the primary items listed on the meeting agenda is a discussion relating to possible ordinance changes to meet the new FEMA guidelines. The new guidelines, known as the Advisory Base Flood Elevations (ABFE’s), were scheduled to be released by FEMA on December 10, 2012. We have been notified that the release of the ABFE’s has been delayed and at the time of this posting were not available. Tonight’s planned discussion on this topic will be limited without that information. Please adjust your schedule accordingly.


Vehicle Access

For Wednesday, December 12, 2012 and Thursday, December 13, 2012

As scheduled, New Jersey Natural Gas has successfully reintroduce natural gas into the Lavallette portion of their system on Tuesday, December 11, 2012. They will continue this work through Ortley Beach, Pelican Island and Seaside Heights and are scheduled to be completed with those portions on Thursday, December 13, 2012.
No access into Lavallette will be permitted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 and Thursday, December 13, 2012. This includes all vehicles (residents, property owners, private contractors, insurance agents, etc.)

If all goes as scheduled, permitted access into Lavallette will resume on Friday, December 14, 2012.



November 30, 2012

Vehicle Access

Effective Wednesday, November 28, 2012; all homeowners / residents / tenants / private contractors / tow truck operators / insurance representatives, etc. will be permitted daily access into Lavallette. The Route 37 Bridge still remains the only permitted access point for Lavallette homeowners / residents / tenants / private contractors / tow truck operator / insurance representatives, etc. Access will be permitted starting at 8:00 a.m. each morning and all homeowners / residents / tenants / private contractors / tow truck operator / insurance representatives, etc. are required to leave the island by no later than 4:00 pm each day.

Please note: All eastbound traffic over the Mathis Bridge will be discontinued at 3:00 p.m. each day.

Please be advised: For the continued safety and security of our residents and their property, all homeowners / residents / tenants / private contractors / tow truck operators / insurance representatives, etc. shall be required to possess proper identification and/or provide proof of having authorization to perform work or service in the Borough.

Private debris haulers and recyclers, with the exception of those working for a Lavallette business owner, are not permitted in Lavallette.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: Normal traffic patterns throughout Lavallette have been reinstated, it is imperative that all motor vehicle traffic signs and traffic control devices be adhere to.

The ocean and bay front beaches, as well as, several ocean-block street ends still remain a safety hazard. No access is permitted on the bay and ocean beaches.

We also ask that, where possible, vehicles be parked on your driveways. This will allow
the debris management crews to expedite the removal process.


Lavallette Business Owners/Operators

  • Lavallette business owners and operators are granted access to the borough 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except Thanksgiving)
  • Lavallette business owners and operators’ contractors are granted access in the same fashion.  Contractors operating on behalf of the business owner or operator do not need to be accompanied or escorted by the Lavallette Business owner or operator.  The contractor must show some sort of letter or e-mail, work order or bill proving work on the property in question or have an orange placard provided to them by the Lavallette Business Association president.


Debris Management

The last three days has been dedicated to providing our residents access to their properties to begin the process of recovery.

We are well aware that the overwhelming majority of you are dealing with severe first floor flood damage. Again, the Borough has entered into a contract with a private debris management company, AshBritt, to assist the Borough with the removal of this debris. A guide is available below that will provide you with guidance on how to properly place the debris for curbside pickup. AshBritt will be with the Borough during the entire recovery process and will be making multiple passes along all streets until all storm-related debris is removed. They have started this removal process yesterday. Just be aware that separate trucks will be picking up different categories of debris. So it may take multiple passes to pick-up the entire contents of your debris pile. You also do not have to place all of the contents at once. This process will continue until we are satisfied that all of the storm-related debris is removed from Lavallette. Lavallette DPW trucks will continue to pick up your normal household waste. We ask that you separate this waste from your storm-related debris pile. Pdf guide.Pdf File

We do have restrictions on the extent we, as the Borough, can assist you in the clean-up process. We are prohibited, as this time, from entering onto private property to remove debris. The property owner must bring all debris, whether from inside the home or debris that was carried and remains on the property, to the curbside (right-of-way) for pickup; this includes sand. For those that live on certain streets on the ocean block, our contractor will be removing the column of sand and debris that remains in the right-of-way (10 foot section from curb). The clean sand will be utilized to restore the beach and dune. Unfortunately, this will be a slow process due to the existence of the various utility shutoffs and cleanouts that are buried beneath the sand column.

For those of you that live along the oceanfront and the southeast corner of town and have experienced structural damage to your homes and property. It is imperative that you contact your insurance carrier immediately to arrange any emergent repairs needed to secure your property or structure.


Lavallette and JCPL Electric Customers

Both utilities have begun the process of restoring power to individual homes. This is a very critical part of the recovery process. We realize that all of you are eager to perform repairs to your homes, to winterize pipes and in some cases to move your families back into Lavallette. If your property received any type of flood damage, a proper and thorough inspection of all of your flooded breakers, wires, outlets, appliances, and electronics should be performed before restoring power. It is strongly recommended that the main breaker on your circuit panel, as well as, each individual breaker should be placed in the “off” position. When power is restored to the meter pan the main breaker should go on first then each individual breaker should be systematically tested. If any of your breakers “trip” you should keep this breaker(s) in the “off” position, close the main breaker, and call an electrician immediately. Salt water and electricity are not a good mixture. Corrosion will affect circuits that may appear to be in good working order. If you are leaving your property for any length of time, have had any water damage, and have had your power restored to your meter pan, we would strongly recommend that the main breaker on your circuit panel be left in the “off” position.

An attempt was made yesterday to restore power to those JCPL customers that live on West Point Island. There were electrical issues within a number of homes and a decision was made to cut the power to the entire island. JCPL is working through those issues and as of the time of this update a restoration plan was not available. An update will be provided as soon it is made available. Safety is the number one factor with all of these plans, so please be patient.

 There are a number of streets, primarily in the southeast part of the distribution system, where electric service has not been restored. These areas have received significant damage to the roads, curbing, and various utilities including water, sewer, gas, and electric service. We have secured all of the materials needed to make the electric repairs.

Electric service restoration for Lavallette Utility Customers will continue Monday based upon the certifications we have received.



Natural Gas Service Update

NJ Natural will be provided updates regarding service restoration to the barrier island on their website. Click here for a link to that update and rules for reconnection. NJ Natural Gas (sandy restoration)External Link



November 26, 2012 

Vehicle Access

Access Schedule for All Homeowners / Residents / Tenants and Private Contractors:

Starting on Monday, November 26th, 2012, Lavallette Borough will be divided into three (3) sections:

  • Section 1: West of 35 South (to include West Point Island)
  • Section 2: Between the Highways ( All properties located between Route 35 North and Route 35 South)
  • Section 3: East of route 35 North (ocean blocks)

On the following dates, all homeowners / residents / tenants / and private contractors will be permitted access into Lavallette:

 Monday, November 26th: Section 1 - West of 35 South

Tuesday, November 27th: Section 2 - Between the Highways

Wednesday, November 28th: Section 3 - East of 35 North

Thursday, November 29th: Section 1 - West of 35 South

Friday, November 30th: Section 2 - Between the Highways

Saturday, December 1st: Section 3 - East of 35 North

Sunday, December 2nd: Section 1 - West of 35 South

Monday, December 3rd: Section 2 - Between the Highways

Tuesday, December 4th: Section 3 - East of 35 North


Until further notice, this rotation of days will continue; every 3rd day homeowners/residents/ tenants and private contractors will be granted access to the borough based on this rotation. Please keep in mind that the discussions to allow complete and unabated access and ultimately to allow residency continue daily. This schedule is subject to change.


Check Point and Access Rules

  • Access will be permitted starting at 8:00 a.m. All homeowners / residents / tenants / and private contractors are asked to leave the island by 4:00 pm.
  • Al homeowners / residents / and tenants must either have a sticker on their vehicle or show some form of identification (driver’s license, tax bill) to be presented at the check point.
  • Private contractors no longer have to be accompanied or escorted by a homeowner/resident or tenant; they must show some sort of letter or e-mail, work order or bill proving work on the property in question. Private contractors are only permitted to work on properties designated for access that day based upon the schedule listed above.



November 19, 2012

Vehicle Access

For Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Vehicle access to all Lavallette residents is available Tuesday, November 20, 2012, for all residents and state-registered contractors and insurance agents. Access will be limited to one vehicle per property. The Route 37 Bridge is the only permitted access point for Lavallette residents. Access will be permitted starting at 8:00 and all residents and contractor are asked to leave the island by 3:00 pm. Daily updates will be provided for access schedules for the remainder of the week and going forward.

No residential access or private contractors will be permitted on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, Thursday, November 22, 2012, or Friday, November 23, 2012.

For Saturday, November 24, 2012

Vehicle access will be permitted to the following Lavallette residents on Saturday, November 24, 2012. Residents and state-registered contractors who live, own, or are working in the following area. Philadelphia Avenue and all streets located north of Philadelphia Avenue. Access will be limited to one vehicle per property. The Route 37 Bridge is the only permitted access point for Lavallette residents. Access will be permitted starting at 8:00 and all residents and contractor are asked to leave the island by 3:00 pm.

For Sunday, November 25, 2012

Vehicle access will be permitted to the following Lavallette residents on Sunday, November 25, 2012. Residents and state-registered contractors who live, own, or are working in the following area. Washington Avenue and all streets located south of Washington Avenue including West Point Island. Access will be limited to one vehicle per property. The Route 37 Bridge is the only permitted access point for Lavallette residents. Access will be permitted starting at 8:00 and all residents and contractor are asked to leave the island by 3:00 pm.



November 18, 2012

Vehicle Access

Vehicle access to all Lavallette residents is available Monday, November 19, 2012, for all residents and state-registered contractors and insurance agents. Access will be limited to one vehicle per property. The Route 37 Bridge is the only permitted access point for Lavallette residents. Access will be permitted starting at 8:00 and all residents and contractor are asked to leave the island by 3:00 pm. Daily updates will be provided for access schedules for the remainder of the week and going forward.


November 17, 2012

There is no new news to report at this point check back tomorrow.


November 13, 2012

 Lavallette Reentry Plan

 Residents, Property Owners and Business Owners

Effective tomorrow, Wednesday November 14, 2012, and Thursday, November 15, 2012 and Friday, November 16, 2012 Lavallette residents, property owners and businesses will be permitted vehicle access to their properties and businesses.

 This re-entry is limited to homeowners, residents and business owners only. Access is only permitted over the Route 37 Bridge in Toms River. You will be directed how to proceed upon arrival. You must have your proof of residency or ownership ready so it will not cause a traffic issue on the highway. At the time of arrival you will be given a registration form to be completed when you arrive at your property. These forms must be returned to the Lavallette Police Department prior to your departure and you will be provided a sticker that will allow you reentry at a later date. The forms must be turned into the Lavallette Mobile Command Center located on Washington Avenue in front of the First Aid Squad. Access will be permitted starting and 8:00 am and all vehicles must leave the island by no later than 3:00 pm.  There is a one vehicle per property limit. Vehicle access is restricted or prohibited at certain locations and intersections. Please adhere to any posted traffic restricting devices or barricades. Route 35 South is currently being utilized for both north and south bound travel. Please use extreme caution when traveling on all roadways. Heavy equipment is still being used within Lavallette and traveling through Lavallette. Again, PLEASE USE EXTREME CAUTION AS YOU TRAVEL TO YOUR PROPERTY.  There is no traffic permitted on Route 35 North (Grand Central Avenue) in either direction. Vehicles not abiding by these restrictions will be escorted off the island. Please do not visit or travel to any other locations other than your properties. Please do not try to access the beaches or bayfront, travel in these locations is still unsafe. Six properties have been identified as in eminent danger of collapse. Access to these properties is not permitted at this time. The police department has a listing of these properties.

The Borough will be divided into two sections. Properties located north of Washington Avenue, inclusive of Washington Avenue, will be permitted access starting at 8:00 am. Properties located south of Washington Avenue, including West Point Island, will be permitted access starting at 10:00 am. We ask that you adhere to these restrictions. 



Contractors and Insurance and Claims Representatives

Effective Thursday, November 15, 2012 and Friday, November 16, 2012 Contractors, Insurance Agents and Claims Representatives will be permitted access to Lavallette. They must be registered with the State of New Jersey and provide proof of liability and workman’s compensation insurance. Access is only permitted over the Route 37 Bridge in Toms River. You will be directed how to proceed upon arrival. Please note: All contractors, insurance representatives and claim’s adjusters must be accompanied and/or escorted by a homeowner, resident or property owner.



Debris Removal

The Borough has hired a private contractor to assist the Borough of Lavallette with the disposal of the enormous amount of debris removed from Borough streets and right-of-ways as part of our emergency response to Hurricane Sandy. In addition to that debris, the contractor will also assist in the pickup and removal of storm damaged building materials from private residences and businesses. To stay within the FEMA requirements for debris management, we have also hired a consultant firm whose responsibility will be to monitor the debris removal process from Lavallette to the landfill. This process is also required by FEMA. Attached is a release of information prepared by that monitoring firm to use as a guide for how that debris should be placed at curbside that will allow us to expedite its removal. Regular household trash should be placed in a separate container and will be picked up on regular scheduled collection day. Please do no comingle your regular household trash/waste with your storm damaged building materials.
See Below For the Guide.  



November 12, 2012 Update

The Lavallette Police Department Phone Numbers have now been restored. Residents can now
call 732-793-4801 and 732-793-4802 for police emergency matters. The plan to provide access
to the barrier island for residents, plumbers, contractors and insurance agents is changing
rapidly. We ask for your continued patience. Information will posted immediately when it
becomes available.

Buses have been schedule for tomorrow, November 13, 2012. Please check your email; if you
are schedule to tomorrow’s buses you would have received an email.


November 11, 2012 Update

Additional properties were cleared as a safe zone and will be included in the Reentry Plan. This new safe zone includes properties from and including Philadelphia Avenue to New York Avenue with the exception of all ocean block properties within this area and properties on the west side of Bay Boulevard. The inspection of those areas will be completed tomorrow. Full time residents in this new zone that have not registered for the buses via an email may do so now. It is imperative that you place your property address in the subject line section of your email. The email address is provided above. If you have already sent an email to register for the bus and have provided your name and property location there is no need to send additional emails.

Business access schedule for tomorrow, Monday. This is mercantile and professional business. We park and meet at Ryans Funeral Home, 995 Fischer Blvd. Toms River

Each business may bring 6 people total on the bus, you will have approximately 1.5 hours onsite to clear ready materials to waiting trash trucks and collect valuables from your stores. Gloves, black bags, and masks are helpful. Your timely arrival and departure is essential to providing continued access for all business owners.

Phase 5 Businesses (8:45 am Bus)

Lavallette Fitness
Island Gypsy(Hankins Building)
Beach Authority
Garden State Modular Homes
Schlosser Realty
Podium Clothes
Louis Macciavernia, Esq.
Kirk Tilton, Esq.

Phase 5 Businesses (11;45 am Bus)

Sothebys Realty
Wavejammer Surfshop
Martins Casuals
B&B Mens Shop
B&B Department Store
Ryan Funeral Home
Lavallette Barber Shop
Patricia Doles Photography

We would like to fill each bus so I will ask the following businesses to be "Stand-by". If we have no show stores, you can fill their space. No promises!  

Stand-by Status

My Sisters Favorite Things
My Sisters Jewelry Box
Save Barnegat Bay
Independence Tax Service


November 10, 2012 7pm

Reentry Plan Update

We have fielded a number of questions regarding who is permitted on the bus. There currently is a two-person per property limit. One of the people must be a representative of the property and must be able to provide proof of ownership, residency, or tenancy. There is no restriction as to the second person (friend, relative, plumber, electrician, etc.). Both people will board the bus together.  Once again, please do not contact the Lavallette Police Department or Ocean County Sheriff’s Office for information regarding the reentry program. Those departments can only field emergency / 911 phone calls.  

The residential portions of the Grand Central Avenue, Route 35 South and Bay Boulevard, as well as, Sterling Avenue, Coleman Lane, Swan Point Road have also been cleared as a safe zone and have been included in the Reentry Program.

All streets in Lavallette have been cleared of the majority of debris and sand. Work continues on the rebuilding of the dune. It should be completed by the end of Sunday. We are in the process of securing enough sand fencing to install on each side of the dune for stabilization. One continuous dune is being constructed and walkways or beach access paths to the beach will not be provided while the Borough remains in such a vulnerable state. All pavilions and walkway-over’s that were connected to the boardwalk were completed destroyed during the storm south of Reese Avenue.

Garbage collection was provided for all of our residents as part of the reentry program.  Food service establishments were also provided an opportunity to remove perishable items that remained in the stores.

Your electric utility staff, with the assistance of the City of Vineland and outside line crews, has been working tirelessly to inspect and repair the electric distribution system. There are a number of streets that have been isolated from the grid due to the excessive damage to the street and properties. The Borough is ready to energize the system and restore power. A protective boot has been installed on each electric meter that will not permit your property to be energized until your electrician has provided certification that all interior wiring, outlets, appliances and such have been inspected and are in good repair. JCPL has been very cooperative and has been able to restore power to the Lavallette Substation. TODAY, AT 5:05 THIS EVENING POWER WAS RESTORED TO THE BOROUGH OF LAVALLETTE.

Water service was never lost; the sanitary sewer system has been restored. We now need to need to push to get gas service restored so that we can start the rebuilding process.

An access program is being developed that will also permit your contractors to perform certain winterization services. Please stay tune for updates.    


November 10, 2012

Reentry Plan Update

We have fielded a number of questions regarding who is permitted on the bus. There currently is a two-person per property limit. One of the people must be a representative of the property and must be able to provide proof of ownership, residency, or tenancy. There is no restriction as to the second person (friend, relative, plumber, electrician, etc.). Both people will board the bus together. Once again, please do not contact the Lavallette Police Department or Ocean County Sheriff’s Office for information regarding the reentry program. Those departments can only field emergency / 911 phone calls.


November 9, 2012
Information Added Sunday 11/11/12

Reentry Plan Update

The reentry plan continued today. Access was made available to 200 property owners. We have secured a box / utility truck for luggage, which will allows us to maximize the amount of people we can place on our allotment of buses.  It is imperative that when you sign up for buses via email for must put your property address in the email subject line. We will continue to use the email confirmation process that we have established to notify you as to the time and place for the departure of the buses. Residents and tenants that have signed up via phone will be contact via phone.
We have expanded the safe zone to include Philadelphia, Camden, Brown, Magee, Vance, and Reese Avenue. These properties will be now included on the reentry plan.


Business Locations

Food-related businesses will also be provided access to their establishments to remove all perishable items contained within their stores. Borough garbage trucks will be made available to dispose of all of these items. The Lavallette Business Association has contact each food-related establishment and has divided the food related businesses into three phases.

Phase One will be bused on Saturday - November 10, 2012, arrival time 8:45 a.m., departure time 9:00 a.m., location parking lot of Timothy E. Ryan Funeral Home, 995 Fischer Boulevard, Toms River, NJ 08753

Phase Two will be bused on Saturday - November 10, 2012, arrival time 11:45 a.m., departure time 12:00 p.m., location parking lot of Timothy E. Ryan Funeral Home, 995 Fischer Boulevard, Toms River, NJ 08753

Phase Three will be bused on Sunday - November 11, 2012, arrival time 8:45, departure time 9:00 am, location parking lot of Timothy E. Ryan Funeral Home, 995 Fischer Boulevard, Toms River, NJ 08753

Phase 4 will be the first wave of mercantile or non-food storefront owners, see list below. As noted in previous emails, each business may bring 6 people total on the bus, you will have approximately 1.5 hours onsite to clear ready materials to waiting trash trucks and collect valuables from your stores. Your timely arrival and departure is essential to providing continued access for all business owners. 

Phase 4 Businesses (11:45 Bus)

Jersey Shore Realty
Crossroads Realty
Michelle Donato, Esq.
Lamplight Motel
Lavallette Printing
Laundromat-Kellys Building
Remax Realty
The Beach Home

We would like to fill each bus so I will ask the following businesses to be "Stand-by". If we have no show stores, you can fill their space.

Stand-by Status (11:45 Bus)
Resort Realty
Kozloski Builders
Christinas Jewelry
Shaded Vision Eyewear


Lavallette Mail
Lavallette mail can be picked up at the Brick Township Post Office located on 160 Chambers Bridge Avenue, Brick, NJ


Properties Deemed Unsafe for Access 

900 Ocean Front                                             806 Ocean Front

804 Ocean Front                                             702 Ocean Front

606 Ocean Front                                             602 Ocean Front

502 Ocean Front                                             404 Ocean Front


November 8, 2012

We received about 3 to the 4 inches of snow in Lavallette from yesterday’s storm. Salt in an open wound; but we shall persevere. No additional damage was observed.

The Lavallette Reentry Program will be continued starting tomorrow, November 9, 2012. Access to the barrier island will be permitted by bus only.  The buses will continue daily until all property owners are provided access. We are scheduling a morning trip and an afternoon trip and will be able to provide access to 200 hundred properties per day. If you have already sent an email to our website providing us with your property location and contact information there is no need to do it again. Some people are sending multiply emails for the same property and it is only backlogging the system. You will receive an individual notice, via email, as to the time, date and location you should be at for your reentry into Lavallette. For those of you who have been placed on the list that did not have access to email you will be contacted by the phone number provided. Please share this information with those individuals you know that do not have access to the internet.

We have also scheduled to have FEMA claim representatives available at the pickup site. They will be available to you after your return from Lavallette.

A team of structural engineers is currently inspecting each property in Lavallette. There are a large number of homes, especially those boarding on the oceanfront, where access to the property will not be permitted. A daily listing of those properties will be posted to the site immediately upon its availability.


November 7, 2012 6pm Notice of Evacuation.

Today, all non-essential employees and contractors were required to evacuate the island at the direction of the Office of Emergency Management. Therefore, no new updates can be provided for today. We do plan to resume all cleanup operations if and when access to the island is reopened for cleanup and reconstruction crews. The plan is also to resume our Residential Reentry Plan / Operation as early as Friday. Buses have been reserved but we just need to receive the proper clearance, which will be determined based upon the condition of the island as a result of today's storm. If you have been selected you will receive a confirmation email providing you with the details. We do plan to run the buses each any every day until each resident has had the opportunity to access their properties. Full time residents and families with children in the Lavallette School System will be provide preference. Updates will be provided as soon as possible. Thank you for your continued patience.


November 6, 2012 6:30pm - Residents and property owners of Lavallette

The plan to permit access to your properties instituted today has been temporarily suspended. Today, six buses, secured by the Borough, containing two people from some 90 residential properties were permitted access to the barrier island and their properties. The program appeared to be well-received and we are hoping to receive permission to continue. A northeast storm is predicted to arrive Wednesday and continue into Thursday. Buses will not be running either of these dates. We are hopeful that the various State agencies that oversee access to the bridge and your properties will permit our program to continue or establish one that will satisfy your needs to gain access to your properties. Until such time that that decision is made we will no longer be scheduling or accepting requests to be placed on the list for a seat on the buses. Please do not contact the Lavallette Police Department or the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office for information on the access program. Contact to those agencies is for emergencies only. They can not continue to handle the volume of non-emergency calls. We will contact you via this website or the Lavallette Emergency Notification System when additional information is available. A link is available above if you have not registered to receive phone messages. For those of you that did send an email to register for the buses there is no need to register again. We have received your emails and are preparing for the scheduling of the additional buses and will be ready if we are given permission to continue with our program. Email link will be reposted when available.

If the Borough is granted permission to continue with the program you will be notified via email as to the place, time and location that you are individually scheduled for a seat on the bus. Thank you for your continued patience.


November 6, 2012  3pm

No further bus trips can be scheduled at this time.
Please check back later for further information.



November 5, 2012  11:50pm

90 Emails went out to residents. Please note the address of where to meet in in your email, please read carefully. If you do not receive an email please do not attempt to load a bus, the Chief of Police will have a list of everyone who did get an email.

The streets listed previously were the streets deemed safe for travel at this time, as more streets are approved for travel a larger area of streets will become available. Please try and be as patient as possible.


November 5, 2012 1:00pm

Lavallette Residents 

It is our understanding that the Borough of Seaside Park and South Seaside Park have started to allow residential access to their property owners. It is imperative that you know that we are working as hard as we can to allow our residents the same assess rights. You should understand, however, that the damage incurred in those municipalities, and god bless them, is not as extensive as the damage that was incurred to Ortley Beach, Lavallette, the Toms River Beaches and the Brick Beaches. We are dealing with collapsed roadways, down utility poles and wires, in places there are still three to five feet of sand on the roadway surface. We have a number of roads where the asphalt has been completed sheered and has traveled as far as the Barnegat Bay. There are a number of locations along Bay Boulevard where the roadway has eroded and has fallen into the Barnegat Bay.  Most all of the homes on the oceanfront from Philadelphia Avenue to the south have been damaged to the point where safe access is just not permit able. We ask that you please remain patient. We are working on the plan that will start to allow you safe access to your property possible as quickly as tomorrow.


November 5, 2012 10:am

It’s The Start of a New Day.





November 4, 2012

 Work continues on clearing all streets. More debris and street cleaning contractors were brought in from the DOT. The contractors have also begun rebuilding the dune system and have made significant progress.

The analysis of the damage to the electric system has been completed with the help of the City of Vineland. An order has been placed with our electric supplier and materials s/b arriving in a day or two. We are scheduling the utilization of outside contractors to assist in the rebuilding of the distribution system. We plan to put a boot on the electric meters of every property served by Lavallette Electric before we attempt to reenergize the system. The boot will not allow the house to be reenergized until a proper inspection has been performed. 

The Army Corps of Engineers have been contacted; we are trying to secure generation to power our switchgear in the hopes of reenergizing the distribution system.

Catch basins are being cleaned in anticipation of Wednesday’s northeastern.

The OCUA has been working diligently on their substations to get them up and operational. They hope to up and running within a day or two.

The Mayors and Chiefs are working on a plan to allow homeowner assess to all properties. There are still so many hazards that need to be addressed before assess is permitted. Please be patient.

  Green Stickers: Green stickers do not indicate structural integrity, they are the NJSP indication house clear or if not people accounted for.


Election Information Update:

 Lavallette Residents if you are concerned about voting. Below is what information we have received: 

People who are able may go to the County Clerk and the Board of Elections which are both currently located at 101 Hooper Avenue  at the corner of Washington and Hooper Avenues in downtown Toms River.  People must first go the County Clerk to get application for an absentee ballot and then submit the ballot at the Board of Elections Office in the same building.

Both offices will be open from 8:30 am to 4:30pm Sunday and Monday and from 8:30 am to 8:00pm on Tuesday.

There is also a meeting being held by the Board of Elections early Sunday afternoon to determine possible polling locations for voters registered in storm-afflicted areas.


 November 3, 2012

We would strongly recommend that every property owner in town contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency and your homeowner’s and flood insurance carriers to start the process of establishing a claim. The reality of the situation out here on the barrier island is that the overwhelming majority of properties in Lavallette have sustained either structural or water damage. The FEMA contact information is:

New Jersey Sandy Relief # DR-4086 @ 1-800-621-3362 

We have heard that natural gas service will not be restored to the island for six to eight months. We believe that this is an unacceptable position and that NJ Natural Gas should be force to expend every asset available to reduce this projected schedule. We feel that portions of the system that have been severely damage should be identified and isolated, while other portions that are safe should be provided service. Without gas (heat), water, sewer, or electric service the possibility of losing every property on the barrier is a real threat.

The Borough Engineer continues to evaluate the conditions of the Borough Utilities. The sanitary sewer lines that were severely damaged on Dover, Trenton, and Newark Avenue should be repaired by the end of next week. We are also hiring a contractor to TV and clean the sanitary sewer system. Fire hydrants that have been displaced are also being repaired. A contractor has been hired to repair all of the damaged oceanfront street-end bulkheads. That work is scheduled to start on Monday. The west-side street end of Newark Avenue that borders on the bay was also severely damaged and threatens the integrity of the roadway is also schedule to be repaired by the same contractor.

We also have increased the number of outside contractors hired to clear all streets of debris and sand. Household garbage and trash was also picked up yesterday and today to remove any food waste that existed prior to the storm. Below is a list of streets that have been cleared to date:

Streets/Ocean Block

Complete:  Bryn Mawr         11/3/12

                     Haddonfield       11/3/12

                   Westmont         11/3/12

                   Ortley              11/3/12

                     White                 11/3/12

                  Camden          11/3/12

Currently In Process of Sand Removal:





In Need of Work:

Kerr-Partial Sand Removal   (1/3)

Bond-Partial Sand Removal (1/3)

President-Partial Sand Removal (1/2)

New York-Partial Sand Removal (1/2)

New Jersey-Partial Sand Removal (1/2)

Jersey City-Partial Sand Removal (1/2)

Newark-Partial Sand Removal (1/2)

Vance-Sand and Boardwalk Removal

Brown-Sand and Boardwalk Removal

Philadelphia-Sand and Boardwalk Removal and Pavilion Removal

Washington-Sand and Boardwalk Removal

Brooklyn-Sand and Boardwalk Removal

New Brunswick-Sand and Boardwalk Removal and Pavilion Roof

Princeton-Sand and Boardwalk Removal

Dover Sand and Debris Removal and House Removed 11/3

Once again, clean or near clean sand is being placed back on the beach and road debris is being stockpiled on the bay beach.


Borough Asset Damage Assessment

Borough Hall – First Floor Water Damage – Can not be occupied

Police Department – Severe Flooding and structural damage - Can not be occupied

Lifeguard Headquarters – Severe structural damage / severe flood damage - Can not be occupied

Public Works – Some flood damage – Building is being used – power supplied by backup generators

First Aid – Some structural damage / some flood damage – building is being used - power supplied by backup generators 

Fire Department – Some structural damage / some water damage – building is being used

Boardwalk – Destroyed from Reese Avenue to the southern end - power supplied by backup generators 

Bayfront Beaches - have sustained significant damage / erosion and damage to pavilions and docks



November 2, 2012


We purchased a number of copies of the Asbury Park Press from the mainland to distribute to those residents who are still on the island.

Postal service has been suspended indefinitely to the island and we were told that the Post Office is holding all Lavallette.

The Borough has two individuals going street by street to take a picture of every property in town. They are also handing out informational flyers regarding FEMA claim information. They also have been handing out free newspapers to those residents who have stayed during the storm and are still here. Most have not had contact with the outside world for days. The newspaper have been greatly received. The pictures will be uploaded to the website as soon as possible.

 Outside contractors have arrived again to assist the Borough in clean up operations. Crews are going street by street to removed debris and place sand back on the beach. Most streets that still have macadam are covered with two to three feet of sand and debris. Currently all debris is being stockpiled on the bay beach.

Police services were transferred to the first aid building and a mobile emergency command station has been lent to us by the Borough of Lyndhurst.

Sica System from Lavallette was gracious enough to provide us with computer and internet access for the public works and administrative office.

The Borough has been diligently working to assess the damage to all water, sewer, electric and transportation systems. The Borough’s engineering staff arrived this morning and has performed a street by street inspection to prepare for the road and utility repairs. The bulk heads and sanitary sewer lines in the southerly ocean side portion of the Borough have been severely damaged and the engineer has been authorized to execute the required repairs.

JCPL’s transmission system on both ends of the island has been damaged. We have placed a request with the Army Corp of Engineers to secure back up generator that could be used to provide much needed electricity to the island. Our own distribution is, for the most part, in tact. There have been some pole, transfer, and line damage in the hardest hit portions of town. We have crews from Vineland Electric on stand-by and plan to utilize those crews starting Sunday.

Natural gas has been suspended to the island, there is no estimated time for it to be restored.


There has been no time table established to allow public access to the barrier island.




Lavallette’s condition update:  Hurricane Sandy took a major toll on the Borough as seen in the pictures. You should be aware that Lavallette was severely impacted and sustained significant to severe damage throughout the entire Borough. Most of the boardwalk, pavilions and structures along the ocean were destroyed and traveled as far as Bay Boulevard. Many homes, especially along the ocean front were damaged or completed destroyed. The sand dunes eventually gave way and are now located on the Borough streets and properties. The force of the storm actually removed the macadam on several ocean side streets, especially in the southern portion of the town. An estimated one to four feet of flood water moved throughout the Town, depending upon particular elevations.   The lifeguard look-out tower sustained damage, but is still standing.  The Centennial Gazebo and grounds on Bay Boulevard while covered with debris is still standing with minimal damage. 

The northern end of Lavallette sustained mostly water damage and boardwalk damage was minimal.  Some of the northern dunes did hold up.  Property damage was mostly due to sand wash  and water.  The ocean water forced debris into many ocean front properties causing minor to major damage. 

The center of Town including most businesses sustained heavy water damage with lesser physical damage to the buildings.  Heavy debris could be seen throughout the area including wood decking, wood pilings and displaced sheds.   The boardwalk was displaced and now is on the Borough roads, with parts extending to the bay.  

The southern end and Bay block of Town sustained the most water and physical damage.  The ocean front homes at this end were heavily damaged with porches and decks torn away and becoming battering rams for these homes.    Boats, sheds and small structures were displaced throughout, being seen in the streets and on private properties.

Bay Boulevard has many boats strewn about, some on trailers, some not, and experienced significant road collapse as ocean water scoured soil away from the road, yards and house foundations.   Exposed and collapsed foundations were visible at numerous bay frontage homes.  The ocean washed away soil from many properties and created open water ways to the bay.  

West Point Island sustained heavy water damage to the lower floors of the homes. During the height of the storm water levels rose to three or four feet above ground level. A distinct water-level stain is noticeable on most properties.

Town resources, Police, Fire, First Aid, Department of Public Works:   The fire house and first aid garage were flooded with approximately 18 inches of water.  Public Works sustained some flood damage, but most vehicles and equipment were removed from the island and are operating. We have hired a number of construction crews to assist us in clearing and cleaning streets. Town Hall sustained minimal water damage.  Records appear to be intact.  The Police Department building sustained significant water damage and had to be abandon during the height of the storm.  Police functions and emergency management services are being dispatched from Public Works currently, but will be moved to the First Aid Building on Friday.  The Lavallette School escaped flooding due to it’s higher elevation.  At this point in time, there is no electricity, which is estimated to be out for a number of weeks if not months. JCPL lost it transmission lines and no time table has been provided for their repair. Natural gas was discontinued as of this afternoon due to the number of gas line breaks and leaks. The integrity of water, sewer and electric utilities is currently being evaluated. The Borough does have water and is running the wells on our back-up generators, but the primary sewer pumping station located in Ortley Beach has been severely damaged and is currently not sending sewage over to the mainland for treatment.

Access to the barrier island is prohibited at this time. Please do not attempt to gain access to the barrier island. The island is unsafe at this time, and the more people on the island will only disrupt our ability to secure your properties and restore town services. 


This is a poem written by a little girl who tried to express what all of us our going through.
We thought we would share her words.

It Will Be Okay

Everything got swept away
It was really happening
We didn’t realize it was gonna be this bad
But then we all came together
Each and every other
Helping everyone hand and hand

But it will be okay
God is watching over us
He’ll help us through it

Every time and every day, it will be okay
New Jersey took a hard hit
Flooded roads and trees down
Sandy came like a flick of the wrist
No one expected it
The Jersey Shore was ruined
Houses and rides floating in the water

But it will be okay
God is watching over us
He’ll help us through it

Every time and everyday, it will be okay
I hear sirens day and night
The smell of wood burning 
It was almost never ending
There was not a light in the sky
The whole neighborhood was dark
But we knew people were worse off than us

But it will be okay
God is watching over us
He’ll help us through it

Every time and every day, it will be okay
I know it will be okay

Olivia Parlow – Age 10


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Swan Point


Coleman Lane


Bay Beach Way







Ortley Ave


White Ave


Kerr Ave


Bond Ave


Guyer Ave


President Ave


Reese Ave


Vance Ave


Magee Ave


Brown Ave


Camden Ave


Philadelphia Ave


Washington Ave


Brooklyn Ave


New Brunswick Ave


Virginia Ave


Pennsylvania Ave


New York Ave


New Jersey Ave


Jersey City Ave


Princeton Ave


Elizabeth Ave


Newark Ave (Mainland)


Trenton Ave


Dover Ave


Grand Central Ave


Rt 35 South


Bay Blvd


Baltimore Ave


Ocean Front





Dickman Drive


Pershing Blvd




Liggett Rd


Morton Dr


Bullard Dr


Sturgis Rd




Hines Ct


Some of the most damaged areas causing the travel hazards to properties