Nearly 40 Percent Of Waterfront Properties In Berkeley Township Are In Dreaded 'V Zone'

Township officials will continue to the fight against FEMA designation, mayor says

Although a recent meeting with representatives from Gov. Chris Christie's office was productive, Berkeley officials will continue to oppose FEMA's advisory base flood elevation guidelines, Mayor Carmen F. Amato Jr. said.

Amato, Councilman John Bacchione and Councilwoman Judy Noonan met on Friday state representatives to discuss the guidelines - also known as ABFEs - and disaster financing.

"Basically, we are under the impression that the maps could change," Amato said. "We strongly stressed our main issue is nearly 40 percent of our maritime area is now in the velocity "V-zone".

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released the advisory maps in mid-December. It recommends elevations at which a property can survive a 100-year storm with relatively minor damage. It also maps Velocity Zones (V Zones), where properties could sustain damage from storm waves of at least three feet on top of flood waters. Recommended elevations in V Zones are higher.

Amato and Township Council President James J. Byrnes - who represents the Ward 1 section of the township - also went to Trenton last week to meet with state officials to voice their concerns.

Township officials will continue to oppose the 'V' zone designation in many areas over the next few months during the regulatory process, Amato.

"We will state our case why the V-zones should be scaled back," the mayor said. "There is no wave action in Glen Cove, Berkeley Shores or Toms River Shores to warrant these designations."

Amato also said decimated sand dunes in Island Beach State Park may have been responsible for much of the flooding in waterfront areas in Bayville.

"Something needs to be done with having dunes installed on Island Beach State Park," he said. "The flooding of Barnegat Bay - which in my opinion, caused flooding on the mainland sections of Bayville - was a combination of not having a dune system in place, the full moon causing the tide to rise and the drastic wind shift. Unfortunately, It was the perfect 100 year storm."

Township officials are also planning another informational session soon to help residents through the permit and rebuilding process, Amato said.,

The following are projected National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) annual flood insurance premiums for V Zone properties with $250,000 residential building coverage:

Lowest Floor Elevation No Contents Covered $100,000 Contents Covered 3 Feet Above $2,403 $2,923 2 Feet Above $3,278 $4,048 1 Feet Above $4,728 $5,918 At BFE $6,803 $8,603 1 Foot Below $9,003 $11,583 2 Feet Below $12,074 $15,764 3 Feet Below $15,524 $20,474 4 Feet Below $17,334 $23,304 6 Feet Below $23,449 $32,019
foggyworld February 27, 2013 at 02:12 AM
You should seek out the Council member that represents you. If you are a senior citizen there are some special rules based on income that could well be of much more help to you. The reductions being discussed now apply only for a brief period of time and when the neighborhood is back in order everyone in it will be reassessed yet again and most likely taxes will go up quite a bit. If you do not have a mortgage you will not be be required to buy flood insurance. If you are in a zone that the code soon will say folks have to elevate their homes you may or may not have to comply. That's why you need to see your Councilman or woman. Someone down the road may buy your house as a tear down and then build a new house that meets all the new requirements if that new owner needs a mortgage on the purchase of your property. Right now it's very messy because the rules are not in set and the building codes are the same as they were the day Sandy hit. But your tax situation hopefully will be covered by the senior citizen breaks that are based on income. And down the road, it is unlikely but possible that the government will buy entire neighborhoods out so if you ask for a tax reduction based on a lower assessment that could well give you less money than if you passed this temporary reduction by. There are no solid answers and there won't be until probably September. Right now plan on enjoying the summer but again, get in touch with your representative.
Danielle Sloan March 06, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Foggyworld youre obviously one of my neighbors, good luck point has not been taken care of at all. It's a shame, we've had our home there for over 45 years.
foggyworld March 18, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Chief, it is called one-party rule that smacks of a dictatorship.
foggyworld March 18, 2013 at 09:50 PM
Yes, I am your neighbor and I have never in my life seen neglect by a Mayor and a Town Council that could come even close to what is - or more correctly, what isn't - going on.
Peter M. Clausen III April 25, 2013 at 05:59 PM
read "Common Sense" by Thomas Payne, and you will understand why we are where we are.


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