Boardwalk looking North in West End - One Year Ago...Much has changed since Sandy
Long Branch: The city continues to monitor damages residents and businesses have endured from Hurricane Sandy and the on-going repairs and rebuilding in the storm's aftermath. A storm update was presented to the council members at the open session of the biweekly workshop. The advice from city officials? Call the city’s Zoning Offices and Building Department for guidance as a first step.
This is essential for residence and business owners seeking to raise the buildings to higher elevations given the new flood maps issued by FEMA. They should first get approval before starting work in order to not lose grant money aid from government agencies (State and FEMA). “Call first” was the message from Building Development Director Kevin Hayes and restated by Mayor Schneider.
Mayor and Council stressed that they are there to help residents and businesses in any way they can as part of the recovery and rebuilding process.
The city website has considerable information. You can start here -----> http://www.visitlongbranch.com/. Also the temporary FEMA offices on Union Avenue near the firehouse can be of assistance and guidance.
The city is working now on several immediate problems including flood control at Lake Takanassee as well as the Manhasset Park recovery. Along Ocean Avenue areas from Pier Village south and on old Ocean Avenue pedestrian and vehicular traffic down to Bath Avenue area are being addressed, including traffic flow to be redirected and 3-foot high safety dividers will be placed protect walkers.
In other news....The Recreation Department is moving to Broadway near Third Avenue. The existing building is being considered for other city purposes.