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kevin oneill March 25, 2013 at 08:50 AM
Kat April 01, 2013 at 12:07 PM
I see (and have taken photos and sent to City Hall) tons of garbage getting onto the beach, MUCHRead Morebro ken glass, shards of wood, pieces of rusty metal, garbage, dog doo ( highest form of bacteria in the waters), its overall a filthy mess. I took photos of the "entrance" from parking lot onto Laurelton, its atrocious...I hope they are going to clean these areas, even walking over the "dune" there are lots of small pieces of glass. Don't dare walk barefoot anywhere.
Kat April 01, 2013 at 12:08 PM
the sand is not clean.... that is a joke.
Trying to Make Sense February 18, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Elliot is right on with his comment that the namecalling and fault assigning is childish,Read Moreinaccurate and counter productive. That said, the issue here is not whether a mitigation project will protect in rare 14 ft storm surges(so called "perfect "or 100 year storms), but rather, whether we are ready for lesser but potentially damaging high seas driven by warmer temps and higher sea levels. Let's reexamine our options with the information this storm has provided. Let ACOE reexamine their plan with the new knowledge of this experience. If they offer a " take it or leave it", let's ask the key question: "Why?". Might it be that the counter arguments to their plan do not hold water(pun intended)? Might it be that they are merely an intransigent bunch who are protecting their own turf? I doubt that. The ACOE has enough work without taking on LB and as professionals who are charged to provide protection or restoration in the name of the US government, I can't imagine their position is only ego driven arrogance. Re bay side and Island Park /Oceanside or for that matter Lindenhurst issues, there is a very clear reason these are more difficult to address and this is noted in the Coastal Engineering report. Stopping storm surge through inlets into narrow shallow bays is a monster of an engineering problem. NYC is looking into an extremely expensive engineering project that would use a moveable structure to block the surge into NY Harbor, but we baysiders are not near Wall St. I am open minded to any future decision. I want the new debate to be driven by serious credible data and an eye toward good financial sense and prudent responsible fiduciary concerns. It is true Elliot, Mother Nature is one powerful lady. But she was more powerful in 1913 than she is in 2013 because of human capital and ingenuity.
MikeC. February 18, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Last time I looked, FEMA was prohibited by law from raising flood insurance premiums more than 25%Read Morep er annum. Has that changed? I've heard of no new law or proposed law that would change this. Anybody with any different info, please post.
Elizabeth Treston February 18, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Here's the new law signed in the Summer of 2012. This article appears in Press of Atlantic City ,Read Morei ronically a couple of weeks before the chaos unfolded at our front door. http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/business/real_estate/flood-insurance-stability-comes-with-a-higher-cost/article_49480444-b3a3-50f3-95ea-e2ffddc88380.html
Beachguy December 30, 2012 at 06:36 AM
Martha-- you raise a lot of valid points. As far as getting our taxes lowered you're absolutelyRead Morerigh t from an intellectual point of view. After all if your house is uninhabitable it's assessed value is greatly diminished. Good luck on getting this done though! Both the City and the County were in dire financial straits before Sandy and now are worse off than ever before. Regarding insurers their philosophy, in most cases , is to pay out as little as possible. You can expect to have to fight it out all the way. Don't be surprised if you have to hire a lawyer or a public adjuster to get you through this . Most people are going to come out of this much worse off financially than they expected despite having the prudence to be fully insured. If people have adequate financial resources they might have to think about getting all repairs done and then presenting the final amount to the insurance company . If the carrier refuses to pay then litigation might be the only answer although then fees eat into the amount in controversy. Another avenue is a public adjuster who will fight it out for you but once again for a fee which is generally a percentage of the amount recovered. One way or the other I think you must expect a battle all the way. And I havnt even touched on dodgy contractors who will gouge you, do shoddy work, demand extra money etc. That's another reason the insurance companies are tight with the money. So they aren't paying out for exaggerated repairs . And guess who is stuck in the middle?Just take a look in the mirror.
Martha December 30, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Thanks Beachguy...now i'm thoroughly depressed. Kidding. The recovery process has just addedRead Moreinsul t to injury. We can't be kicked any harder than we already have been. We will fix our home as best we can. We don't have an endless amount of time or resources to fight this. We have one daughter in highschool two years away from college and another in 8th grade. We can't squander any funds given that college costs are around the corner. All we can hope is that another flood of this magnitude isn't coming around the corner too. =)
Tonto Hertzberg December 30, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Flood insurance is administered and serviced by several insurance companies. They do so on behalfRead Moreof the FEMA Flood Insurance Program. So, all those insured via flood insurance are, in fact, dealing with the Feds on this issue. There is a long and very public record of litigation and case law that is quite helpful in establishing what is and is not covered. My advice to all is this. Submit as much paperwork and documentation as possible and be aggressive with the adjusters. Ask them as many questions as you need to ask and make sure that they are documenting the things that YOU want documented as well as what they may want to document. The key is to send the paperwork home the FIRST time you submit it. Make the package as easy as possible to understand and to process. Remember, you PAID your end of this contract, perhaps for decades, now it is time for FEMA to honor their end of the contract. Good luck.
Rachel Feddersen October 12, 2012 at 01:58 PM
These are beautiful. And looks like a great day for it. What time of day was this?
Jordan October 26, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Thanks Rachel, those pictures were taken between 6:30-7:30 last June
JB October 09, 2012 at 11:02 AM
Jordan October 11, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Thanks JB, care to share some of your shots?