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Re: Fire SeaSide Heights NJ
AS posted The businesses destroyed by the fire will have access to Sandy restoration funds. Here is the maddening thing for New Jersey residents as well as tax payers. This is the second dip into these funds for these businesses. This in itself might not get more than a passing nod if not for the fact that tens of thousands of homeowners in NJ are still displaced by Sandy. These homeowners, who qualify for funds, have been unable to access the fund. Many blocked by the bureaucratic wall that continually rejects their applications without explanation. There are more than 26,000 home owners in one county alone who are still "Displaced." 26,000!!!!!! Feel free to substitute the word homeless for displaced.
On national TV the governor promised the process would be transparent and that red tape would be cut to get businesses up and running and homeowners back in their homes. While the red tape was cut for businesses, which were rebuilt without delay, the process is a nightmare for home owners. The process is anything but transparent as the state is fighting several Freedom of Information lawsuits as homeowners and the NJ press seek to see where the road blocks are, why they are, and how the money is being allocated. The wall was taken down for business and built as high as possible for home owners.
It is an insult to these displaced people that another $15,000,000 of restoration funds flows freely to insured business owners who were already rebuilt once with these funds. There is absolutely no way to determine that sandy damaged wiring sealed away for forty years and exposed to forty years of Noreaster driven high tides and previous Hurricanes. Because the money used to rebuild is coming from the Feds, it is insult to every taxpayer to be expected to believe such an implausable cause. Regardless, the business owners of Seaside are once again put in line ahead of the homeless.
While Gov Christie revels in his "Stronger than the storm" ad campaign, these poor people are "Stuck with the storm."
Last edited by TJC45; 09-23-2013 at 09:49 AM.