.

DEP Says State Fines Not Likely for Squan Residents' Sand Removal

Manasquan Borough issues notice of Jan. 30 deadline to move sand to beachfront

Though Manasquan has a deadline tomorrow for residents to move sand off property and back onto the beachfront, the state says it not threatening to fine anyone who cannot comply.

A Friday announcement to Manasquan residents directed residents who have sand displaced from the massive Hurricane Sandy storm surge to move the sand from their property back onto the beach front by the end of day Jan. 30, Wednesday.

The message warned that summons could be applied to those who deposited sand after the deadline or in the wrong area, such as the emergency beach accessway.

State Department of Environmental Protection Spokesperson Bob Considine said that regulations do exist but that the DEP itself is not threatening fines for those who break them.

Considine told Manasquan-Belmar Patch that "while there are certain regulations on the books regarding sand movement, the DEP does not consider this business-as-usual in our post-Sandy world."

Considine said municipalities and residents should be working together depending on the specific considerations for that town's cleanup.

"Of course, the DEP would like people to work with their municipalities on cleanups, but the DEP certainly is not threatening fines at this juncture," he said.

The complete text of the borough announcement can be found here.

Hank Kerchef January 30, 2013 at 10:06 AM
these people just lost houses and most of what they own. Now they are being threatened about taking sand back to the beach? That falls under disaster cleanup, people do not have money to do the towns or governments work.
Local Reader January 30, 2013 at 01:35 PM
Exactly. The "towns or governments work" is right. Go ask Ed Donovan how much overtime he has authorized to his DPW crews since the storm. The numbers are staggering. Were they ever given the directive to work on this....NOT!
jerry moore January 30, 2013 at 01:57 PM
Sounds like Manasquan is adding insult to injury, in most towns after the storm they did emergency clean-ups where as residents piled their ruined furniture, appliances, tree limbs etc. at the curb, & the town sent front end loaders to gather it. After all why do we pay such high property taxes in NJ? Now Manasquan is asking individual residents to take on added expense, to hire Bobcat loaders etc.to retrurn the sand to the beach...some of which traveled 3-4 blocks inland, due to no fault of any individual. Not only is this highly inefficient, but it seems like an added penalty to already storm battered residents. Why can't they just have residents move the sand off of their private property to the curb, where Manasquan can use their already in use equipment to move it to the beach? That would make too much sense I guess!
paulie January 30, 2013 at 02:10 PM
Huge black eye for whoever the Manasquan official idiot that made this statement. It will come out who made this directive and people will not forget.
Manasquan January 30, 2013 at 06:40 PM
The buck stops at the directive given. Joe Bossone is the chair of the beach committee. This mess rests with him. Hard money bets he won't own it.
Waverider January 30, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Even if we wanted to move the debris filled sand which we didn't ask for off of the property and put it on the beach, we could not because laborers are scarce and also some a**holes recently decided to build a 10' high sand mound the length of the boardwalk. What are we supposed to do, toss it over? Why did you just do this in the last couple of days? Great job town Council you have no clue once again. Good thing the beach building is going up that's so damn important. Who's up for re-election this next time around? Time to elect some thinkers and professionals.
My3sons January 31, 2013 at 02:30 AM
HEY JOE B, I can't wait to get back up north and see what mess you've now. How's that ego treatin' ya? Where are you gonna hold pizza-gate this year? You remember, charge the town $5 and the participants $3 AND reuse the boxes?? Gonna be tough to hold it at Gee Gee's, maybe you can "sponsor it" in the new Taj Mahal I hear your building as a BEACH HQ. HERE'S A HINT FOR YA BIG GUY - if ya ain't got no beach, you don't need a beach building!!
Watchdog February 03, 2013 at 04:06 PM
At issue here isn't whether or not Manasquan can direct this type of action, or would DEP support it. The problem in Manasquan, today, is the inability of Mayor & Council to do their jobs. Finger pointing and excuses are commonplace. Manasquan beach is the filthiest of them all and no work has been done. Manasquan residents have experienced water quality problems for just shy of a year, with no action having been taken. And now, a custom appointments to a paid and pensionable job for Dempsey & Donovan's buddy. Will the newest additions to Council protest this blatant trickery, or sit idly and watch it occur?

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something