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Ocean County Utilities Authority, Ortley Beach (courtesy Ocean Aerial Photography)
Ocean County Utilities Authority, Ortley Beach (courtesy Ocean Aerial Photography)
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Ortley Beach passive park battle might be near the end

The Ocean County Utility Authority (OCUA) issues a resounding "no" to the request for use of their land as a park - but the Ortley Beach Voters and Taxpayers Association (OBVTA) doesn't appear ready to acquiesce.

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OBVTA residents protest at the OCUA meeting for a public park. (Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media)
OBVTA residents protest at the OCUA meeting for a public park. (Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media)
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Members of Ortley Beach voters and taxpayers assc. continue to fight for a public park

It's been a fight of more than two years for the members of the Ortley Beach voters and taxpayers association (OBVTA) seeking a piece of a 6.5 acre tract of land currently owned by the Ocean County Utility Authority (OCUA) to turn into a public park for residents, and that fight continues this past week into another month.

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Clay Pollioni poses with a poster of his ad at the Old Navy at the Ocean County Mall
Clay Pollioni poses with a poster of his ad at the Old Navy at the Ocean County Mall (clay_pollioni via Instagram)
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Jersey model criticized for interracial couple ad: ‘Love wins’

A Jersey Shore model whose ad was at the center of an Old Navy that sparked a Twitter storm had the last word on the matter.

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Ortley, North Beach targeted for Superstorm repair grant

First ravaged by Sandy, now blitzed by a blizzard, residents of Ortley Beach and neighboring North Beach in Toms River get word that they're targeted for $4,900,000 in federal Superstorm recovery aid.

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Dunes Before and After (courtesy Ken Langdon)
Dunes Before and After (courtesy Ken Langdon)
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Worth a thousand words: Pre- and post-blizzard Ortley Beach

You've heard repeatedly about shore damage whipped up by the blizzard of January 22-23. You either agreee, or disagree, about uniform dune reinforcement for the Jersey coast. Before-and-after images of Ortley Beach, where there is no permanent solution, offer a stark impression of the tightrope some residents walk.

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Ortley scrapes through – sand en route to storm-scraped coast

The storm and the sand on the Toms River beachfront wrestled to a draw this weekend.

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Photo courtesy of the Ortley Beach Liason Committee
Photo courtesy of the Ortley Beach Liason Committee
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Ortley Beach Storm Protection Efforts Praised by Unlikely Leader

One of the biggest critics of Toms River's storm protection efforts is praising the Township's efforts to install a sand berm a few weeks before Hurricane Joaquin and the Nor'easter were predicted to impact the Jersey Coast over the past weekend.

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Toms River Oceanfront 10-2-15 (Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media)
Toms River Oceanfront 10-2-15 (Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media)
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Toms River storm prep allows time to build defenses

Three weeks before the now near-miss Hurricane Joaquin was set to hit the Jersey Shore, Toms River officials began planning for the storm by not only building a strong defense for the people inland but for the beaches as well.

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Bay to Beach March and Rally planned in Ortley over Stalled Replenishment Project

Ortley Beach residents are running out of patience as they continue waiting for New Jersey to begin the federal Army Corps of Engineers replenishment project almost three years after Super Storm Sandy. 

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Bayside Park, Ortley Beach (Stacy Proebstle)
Bayside Park, Ortley Beach (Stacy Proebstle)
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Bayside Park in Ortley Beach reopens July 18

The next step toward mending Ortley Beach's Superstorm wounds is about to be taken. Bayside Park, decimated in the October 2012 disaster, officially reopens July 18.

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