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Ocean Beach 3 Rebuilding Efforts Are Up Against the Clock

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Ocean Beach 3, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Drew Chabot grew up in Ocean Beach 3, New Jersey and his house is completely gone after Superstorm Sandy.

“I guess right about here would be the living room,” Drew said standing in the empty lot filled with sand that his house used to inhabit.

Chabot stated that finally nearly two years after Sandy, his parents are ready to rebuild. Unfortunately, they aren’t allowed to start building because Ocean Beach 3 is banning construction during the summer season, effective June 15, 2014.

“If things don’t change, at the next board meeting if they don’t decide to withdraw the building ban, in two to four weeks when they get their approval, they won’t be able to start building until after Labor Day”, Drew said of his parent’s building situation.

It’s a problem dozens of homeowners in OB3 will deal with over the next week and a half. Driving through the town, you’ll notice dozens of houses in various stages of rebuild, and contractors trying to wrap up work for their clients.

Bob Conklin, a contractor in the area, is optimistic that residents in OB3 can get back in their homes sooner rather than later.

“We’re hopeful that we’ll get it in time and they won’t enforce that fifteen day deadline for him so that we can complete the house,” he said.

The Ocean Beach & Bay Club stated that there are several reasons it’s reinstating the construction ban. They say that construction vehicles are bad for the community’s dirt roads and they pose safety and quality-of-life issues. But OBPM contractor Dan O’Neill questions why similar shore communities aren’t following these same restrictions if it’s really such a good idea.

“Right after the storm, everybody who had a summer build restriction lifted it for a minimum of two years. OB3 is the only one who hasn’t lifted it. Normandy, Chadwick, OB, OB2, OB Shores, all of them have all lifted it for a minimum of two years. And honestly, I don’t even know if two years is enough to get everybody back in their house. You’re probably looking at more of a three to four year plan,” O’Neill said.

This construction ban was in place long before Hurricane Sandy hit. Since Hurricane Sandy, all that shore-town homeowners have heard is “rebuild, rebuild, rebuild”. But now, that these people are trying to get back into their homes, and all they hear is “red tape, red tape, red tape.”

Supporters of the ban are mostly homeowners who are renting their homes out for the summer. They want their renters to be happy and to enjoy a quiet, peaceful summer in their rented home.

The last chance to lift the ban will take place in a board meeting on June 14th, but for now, homeowners of unfinished homes are stressed out and are up against the clock to finish their homes on time or wait until the summer season ends.


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