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VIDEO: Ortley Beach A&P Celebrates Re-Opening

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno among those present to cut store's ribbon

Officials called the re-opening of the Ortley Beach A&P a sign of progress, as the store that was battered by Superstorm Sandy welcomed customers back Thursday morning.

"I know when you walked up to this building five months ago, you shook your head and said 'I don't think we can recover,'" said Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who was among those commemorating the re-opening, including A&P executives and Toms River officials. "Anybody who walks through this building is going to know not only are we recovering, but we're recovering faster and strong and better than anyone expected us to do."

As one of the first buildings motorists see when they enter the barrier island, the A&P's re-opening is a sign of progress, said Toms River Councilman John Sevastakis. 

"It's been an icon in Ortley Beach for years," he said. "It's good to see we'll have people coming in and out of the store shopping as people come back in and repopulate Ortley Beach and the barrier island of New Jersey."

A few doors down from the A&P is a Salvation Army store, where locals can find the goods and services that they need as they recover. Next door to the A&P, the Toms River Police Department opened its Ortley substation Thursday. There, residents can speak with an officer seven days a week between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The A&P parking lot was one of the few places where flood waters receded relatively quickly following Sandy, offering emergency responders a place to stage operations after the storm. 

Michael Capo March 02, 2013 at 01:46 PM
I live in Ortley Beach and to see the A&P opened is a very positive symbolic sign to me after spending months driving through the wasteland that Ortley still is for the most part. I don't mind Lt Govs flubbing some factoids. Minor issue to me. I felt a lot of frustration seeing businesses in Lavallette and Seaside open ( Im glad they did) while Ortley's businesses sat in ruins. I am still living in rental housing and I view the opening of A&P as a step back to normalcy for Ortley. To me thats encouraging. I think one of the reasons they opened is that Toms River stayed out of their way and let them get it done. Unfortunately, thats not the case for homeowners. See Michelle V's earlier post on TR permitting...... Just my view.
Michael Capo March 02, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Lt Gov, if this is really you, you need to get involved with Toms River . They are the major stumbling block to recovery for Ortley Beach. From their incredibly ridiculous beach easement conditions to their newly strengthened prohibitive permitting processes they are slowing/preventing full recovery. You or someone from the State needs to get involved at the local level. If you don't, they are sure to make a bad situation worse for Ortley, Toms River and New Jersey. I hope this is really you and not some clown poser.
Marina March 02, 2013 at 05:45 PM
@Kim Guadagno (if you are the REAL Lt Gov) I'll bet nobody told you about this part: The Ortley Beach homeowner associations and the Bay Head/Mantoloking elitists are refusing to sign easements which will allow Dunes to be built by the Army Corp of Engineers. Their views are too special and they don't want to share their private beaches. The mainland areas of Toms River, Silverton, Snug Harbor and Shelter Cover took tremendous amounts of water because there was no proper dunes on the barrier island. Now the areas I mention are on the FEMA maps. This is not fair to innocent victims on the mainland who was affected because someone doesn't want a dune to impede their view. That's a crock of BS in my book. Please do not allow any rebuilding (including utilites) to be done until easements are signed and the dunes are built. Thank you!!
Joe Dancisin March 06, 2013 at 01:18 PM
OK so your a idiot!!!! Great Store! Great People!!! Exceptionally Clean!!!!
Jhonson April 20, 2013 at 10:26 AM
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