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Barnegat Planning Suit Over Vehicle Storage

Lawsuit follows letter from Pinelands Commission to Barnegat Holdings LLC.

Barnegat Township officials plan to file a lawsuit this week to stop the managers of the Johnson's Pit area - Barnegat Holdings LLC - from storing what some in the township have reported as "thousands of cars" that were damaged during Sandy.

"We've been authorized to start a lawsuit in Superior Court," Township Attorney Jerry Dasti said at the committee meeting on Monday night. "Hopefully Superior Court in Toms River has a little more muscle with them than our code enforcement officer."

Charles Horner, an assistant executive director at the Pinelands Commission  wrote a letter to owners of the Barnegat property, last Friday, noting that storing the vehicles there is not permitted because it is considered Pinelands Forested Area. Further, the letter notes, storing the vehicles there constitutes a commercial use, and requires permission from Barnegat, the DEP, and the Pinelands Commission.

Township Committee members said at the meeting that the owners did not secure any approval before using the site to store the damaged vehicles.

Mayor Al Cirulli cited the letter from the Pinelands Commission, and expressed frustration with the situation.

"We will do everything short of breaking the law to stop this immediately," Cirulli said.

Barnegat resident Toni Carrea said at the committee meeting that she personally witnessed vehicles being brought to the site on trucks, and she urged the committee to post police near the property road to deter the owners from continuing the practice.


dolores highet January 16, 2013 at 08:57 PM
I think a temporary permit shouls allow for this land use. The cars have to be stored somewhere until they can be destroyed or salvaged for parts. And yes. I am a tree hugger. But common sense should prevail. What happened to working together to clean up Sandy's mess?
ToniC January 18, 2013 at 12:55 AM
I'm all for working together. That's why IAA should be following township regulations to store the cars. It's never a good idea to solve one problem by creating another.
Rick January 18, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Sal doesn't live in Barnegat. He lives in Manahawkin but thinks he should give advise to Barnegat residents and politicians.
wookfish February 10, 2013 at 09:50 AM
nice Larry, a new name
MarkSindone April 11, 2013 at 03:44 AM
This is ridiculous and I wonder if this was resolved since December. There was also one incident at the self storage in Northern Beaches, wherein we noticed that one of the clients was using the storage facility for something that he has not registered with us. He would go back once a week to store and get something from the unit, and because of this unusual activity, we thought of checking it out for security and safety reasons. Apparently, he was doing an underground business, which we could not openly discuss out here. Now, the point is that for those who want to engage on storage, though it your private life that you are attending to, it is best to work with the storage facility and declare accordingly. Otherwise, you will get into trouble.


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