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Visit our website often and access our roster of programs and municipal services, which are geared to meet your needs and concerns. With innovative energetic leadership, and committed partners. Berkeley's future is brighter than ever with its attractive residential areas and charm of a resort town enjoyed by vacationers and lifelong residents. My goal, as your Mayor, along with our Township council members, is to ensure that Berkeley Township is well maintained, open and transparent for its citizens.   More...
Press Releases

SPOTLIGHT ON GOVERNMENT FROM THE
DESK OF MAYOR CARMEN F. AMATO, JR

08-13-14 Hazard Mitigation – Energy Allocation Initiative Grant Increased from $60,000 to $215,400. I am pleased to announce that Berkeley Township has received notification that our original Hazard Mitigation – Energy Allocation Initiative Grant, has been increased from $60,000 to $215,400. This is great news for Berkeley taxpayers. You may recall that the Township Council and I announced we would be applying for grants for the purpose of installing emergency generators around Berkeley Township. The primary purposes of these generators are to provide power, in the event of power outages, at emergency shelters during storms and disasters. These sites will also be used in the event of wide spread power outages for heating and cooling centers for our residents. We are currently out to bid for the installation of our first location. I anticipate with the help of this $215,400 grant, we will be out to bid on additional locations shortly. The Berkeley Township Office of Emergency Management, Township Council and I as your Mayor, are committed in ensuring that our residents have a local place to go during these circumstances.

Sounds of Summer Concert Series Continues with our Annual Summer Beach Party & The Dupree's. On August 13th we will be having our Annual Summer Beach Party Live on the beach @ 23rd Avenue, S. Seaside Park at 5:30 p.m. This years entertainment will feature Alotta Colada. Bring a beach chair. A week later, On August 20th at Berkeley's Veterans Park, will feature opening act Gerard Esposito followed by The Duprees. Concert starts at 6:00pm. Please come on out for a great evening and bring a chair. Refreshments are always provided by our area non-profit groups and organizations that use these concerts as fundraisers for their groups.

Mayor's Third Annual School Supply Drive I'm pleased to announce my third annual school supply drive. We have once again started collecting school supplies for our neediest Berkeley Township school children. Although almost two years from Sandy, the need for school supplies is anticipated to be greater than last year. Supplies that are needed: Back Packs, Note Books, Safety Scissors', Pens & Pencils, Erasers, Color Markers, Glue and Glue Sticks, Crayons and Rulers. School supplies can be dropped off at the Berkeley Recreation Center, Route 9 in Bayville or the Mayor’s Office at Town Hall. We will also be collecting school supplies at our August 20th Dupree's concert. As a special incentive, those who participate and drop off school supplies will be entered into a FREE raffle with the chance of winning one of four $25.00 Shop Rite Gift Cards. The School Supply drive will end on September 3rd. If you have any questions feel free to contact my office at: 732-244-7400 Ext:203.

WEEKLY POLICE BLOTTER 08-13-14

Mayor Amato would like residents to be informed about police activity in Berkeley Township. This weeks police blotter can be found here....
  • POLICE BLOTTER - July 16th to July 23, 2014
  • POLICE BLOTTER - July 23rd to July 30, 2014
  • POLICE BLOTTER - July 28th to August 7, 2014
  • POLICE BLOTTER - August 8th to August 13, 2014
  • Third Annual School Supply Drive

    07-23-14 Mayor Amato along with the Berkeley Township Recreation Department announce the third annual School Supply Drive. We will be collecting school supplies for our neediest Berkeley Township School Children. In the wake of Sandy, we anticipate the need to be greater than last year. Supplies that are needed:
  • Back Packs
  • Note Books
  • Safety Scissors'
  • Pens & Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Color Markers
  • Glue and Glue Sticks
  • Crayons
  • Rulers
  • The School Supply drive will end on September 3rd. School supplies can be dropped off at the Berkeley Recreation Center, Route 9 in Bayville or the Mayor’s Office at Town Hall. ....More Information

    PLANNING ASSISTANCE GRANT

    07-28-14 Mayor Amato announces Berkeley Township to receive $277,000 in post-Sandy planning assistance grants. BERKELEY – Mayor Carmen F. Amato, Jr., is pleased to announce that the Township’s Strategic Recovery Planning Report, that was approved and submitted to the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) for second round of post-Sandy planning assistance grants, has been approved. The Township will receive $277,000 in post-Sandy planning assistance grants. “When Superstorm Sandy struck the coast of New Jersey on October 29, 2012, storm surge, flooding, and wind damage caused extensive damage to Berkeley Township.” Mayor Amato said. “The damage included private and public property, local infrastructure, and community facilities. As part of our post-Sandy recovery efforts, through the due-dilligence of my administration, we sought and were awarded a grant of $26,000 from the DCA to prepare the Strategic Recovery Planning Report (SRPR) for the Township.” Mayor Amato said. ....More Information

  • STRATEGIC RECOVERY PLANNING REPORT
  • BTMUA PHASE V Water Main Installation

    07-03-14 Mayor Amato would like residents to know that the BTMUA PHASE V water main installation for several streets in the Pinewald area is scheduled to begin on JULY 7, 2014. The residents in this area will receive the 2nd formal notice of the construction early next week. The construction should be completed sometime in the Fall. The Authority anticipates the 90 Notices to Connect will go out to the residents sometime in November. Updates will be provided as the project progresses.
  • ....Click Here for the list of streets
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    Mercantile Licensing

    06-04-14 The Berkeley Township Council has established an ordinance to License all Businesses within the Township. Click here for the Ordinance Establishing Mercantile Licenses

    Application

    JCP&L RECOMMENDATIONS FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION OR REBUILDING

    05-20-14 To accommodate rebuilding efforts and provide guidance in those areas where customers may have to raise their homes up in compliance with the new FEMA standards, Jersey Central Power & Light ( JCP&L ) wants to make customers aware of potential clearance and access issues that should be discussed in advance of rebuilding.

    Issues have arisen with encroachments on the clearances between electric power lines and buildings and in some cases, could result in serious safety concerns, risk of property damage, injury or death. The intent of this letter is to raise awareness of these issues and to proactively review your plans before you commence your construction project or rebuilding efforts.

    To make application to JCP&L please call our 800 # ( 1-800-662-3115 ). When your application is received, a Layout Technician will be assigned to your project. The items listed in the document below will be needed to properly assess your plans. Please provide them at your earliest convenience. JCP&L requires a minimum of 30 days to process and review the application.

  • ....Click Here For the Full Details
  • OEM Special Needs data Sheet

    The Berkeley Township Office of Emergency Management wants to better serve the residents of Berkeley Township. Please fill out this Emergency Data form so that we are better prepared to assist you in your time of need. Click here for the Special Needs data Sheet

    Report a Pothole

    05-01-14 Mayor Amato would like residents to report any potholes by using the form below. Due to the harsh winter season we experienced this year we realize that it has created numerous potholes throughout the Townships 271 miles of Roads. The Public Works Deparment is asking your help to let us know where these trouble spots are.

    Click here to report the pothole location

    NJDOT Route 35 News

    04-02-14 Christie Administration highlights progress in reconstruction of Sandy-damaged Route 35 on Barnegat Peninsula Complete Streets proposals for bicyclists and pedestrians detailed
  • .....More
  • .....Route 35 Bike Route Plans
  • FEMA Preliminary FIRM Maps

    04-02-14 Mayor Amato would like residents to know that FEMA has released the Preliminary FIRM Maps. Shortly after the issuance of the preliminary FIRMs, FEMA and its partners will host Resilience Meetings where community officials will have a first opportunity to review the preliminary FIRM and additional flood risk tools. Additional meetings will follow, including the CCO meeting with community officials and separate public open house meetings where the general public and other interested parties may ask questions about the preliminary FIRMs, the flood hazard mapping process, mitigating flood risk, and the National Flood Insurance Program. Once the affected communities receive the preliminary FIRMs and a public notice has been provided, a statutory 90-day appeal period will begin. During this time FEMA will accept scientific and technical information from interested parties submitted through community officials that may help better define local conditions and flood hazards. Following the end of the appeal period, and the resolution of any appeals, FEMA will finalize the maps and initiate a 6-month compliance period before formal map adoption. After this 6-month period, the updated FIRMs will be considered effective and will become the basis for flood insurance requirements, insurance premiums, and local building regulations. It typically takes 18 to 24 months from release of the preliminary FIRM to the final effective date. The final FIRM will be available at your community’s local map repository and online through FEMA’s Map Service Center
  • Click Here for FIRM Mapping page
  • Registered w/FEMA-STAY In Touch

    Mayor Amato urges residents who registered with FEMA by the May 1st deadline to keep their FEMA ID numbers and stay in touch with FEMA. Disaster assistance may be available for LOSSES NOT COVERED BY INSURANCE. Survivors should get in touch with FEMA as soon as they receive their insurance settlement. Be sure to have the registration number FEMA assigned to your application at hand. Survivors who registered for disaster assistance before the May 1 deadline may check the status of their applications online at www.disasterassistance.gov or call the FEMA Helpline, 800-621-3362, as soon as receive their insurance settlement. If you received a letter from FEMA saying you were not eligible for assistance, one reason may be that you had not yet received an insurance settlement and it could not be factored into your application. ..More.

    Mayor Amato Announces
    Emergency Notification System

    Mayor Amato has introduced an emergency notification system to alert residents and inform them in emergency situations. Click here to Sign-up

    Planning Board TDR and Real Estate Market Analysis All the REMA and TDR information is posted on our Planning Board Page ..Click here to take you to the page

    FEMA & Sandy Disaster Information
    IMPORTANT FEMA LINKS
  • www.floodsmart.gov
  • Information regarding the National Flood Insurance Program

  • FEMA Website
  • Information regarding the National Flood Insurance Program

    Registered w/FEMA-STAY In Touch

    Mayor Amato urges residents who registered with FEMA by the May 1st deadline to keep their FEMA ID numbers and stay in touch with FEMA. Disaster assistance may be available for LOSSES NOT COVERED BY INSURANCE. Survivors should get in touch with FEMA as soon as they receive their insurance settlement. Be sure to have the registration number FEMA assigned to your application at hand. Survivors who registered for disaster assistance before the May 1 deadline may check the status of their applications online at www.disasterassistance.gov or call the FEMA Helpline, 800-621-3362, as soon as receive their insurance settlement. If you received a letter from FEMA saying you were not eligible for assistance, one reason may be that you had not yet received an insurance settlement and it could not be factored into your application. ..More.

    DIDN'T REGISTER WITH FEMA OR DENIED OTHER ASSISTANCE? HELP MAY BE A PHONE CALL AWAY

    Mayor Amato would like all residents who are still struggling after Superstorm Sandy to know that there are still resources out there that can help. -- As the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaches, some New Jersey survivors who didn't apply for federal disaster assistance may now need help. While the deadline to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency has passed, assistance may still be available from voluntary organizations through NJ 2-1-1. ....More

    Disaster Legal Response Program: Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, is providing direct legal assistance to the victims of Super Storm Sandy. Volunteer attorneys provide limited legal assistance and advice to all storm survivors. Case descriptions for clients requiring additional legal assistance and who meet VLJ's financial eligibility guidelines are sent to volunteer attorneys via a weekly case list email. The most commonly encountered legal issues include insurance, FEMA, landlord tenant and contractor issues. Please call VLJ's toll free disaster hotline at (855) 301-2525.

    Preliminary FEMA Maps RELEASED Mayor Amato has learned the Preliminary FEMA Maps have been released. "The original ABFE maps released in December had nearly 40% of the homes in the maritime area in the Velosity "V- Zones". The Preliminary BFE maps released today, have removed that designation. Berkeley homes are no longer in the dreaded "V" Zone and some height elevations have also been reduced. Were very pleased these Preliminary Maps appear to have taken into consideration our argument." Mayor Amato said. " We will be meeting with our professional staff to review thoroughly and add comments to the process as needed. My letter and Council's Resolution: ....RESOLUTION - PROCLAIMING ITS ADOPTION OF THE ADVISORY BASE FLOOD ELEVATIONS UNDER EXTREME PROTEST to FEMA was pretty clear in pointing out the flaws in the ABFE's. This is good news for our residents and Township. The rebuilding process for many can now commence knowing now what the future holds." Mayor Amato said. "The Mayor and Council will re-focus our efforts to the repeal or modification of the Biggert- Waters flood insurance rate act." Mayor Amato concluded.
  • Glen Cove
  • Good Luck Point
  • Berkeley Shores
  • South Seaside Park
  • Pelican Island
  • Base Flood Elevation(BFE) Address Lookup Tool
  • Fema Interactive Map of the Jersey Shore, Type your adddress in the upper right hand corner
  • FLOOD INSURANCE AND MITIGATION HELPLINE Mayor Amato would like residents to know if you have questions about the National Flood Insurance Program and mitigation techniques, FEMA has set up a helpline to call to get the most up-to-date information. The number is 1-877-287-9804 for people who need information about flood insurance, the latest ....More

  • FEMA Base Flood Elevation Mapping InformationFEMA has posted the proposed new Flood Elevation maps with tools to see what your area is classified as. Click here for The Web page
  • Advisory Base Flood Elevations - NJ and NY Frequently asked Questions Click Here for the Info
  • Changes in the Flood Insurance Program Preliminary Considerations for Rebuilding Click Here for the Info
  • Answers to Questions About the National Flood Insurance Program Click Here for the Info
  • 05-20-2014 JERSEY CENTRAL POWER & LIGHT RECOMMENDATIONS FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION OR REBUILDING

    To accommodate rebuilding efforts and provide guidance in those areas where customers may have to raise their homes up in compliance with the new FEMA standards, Jersey Central Power & Light ( JCP&L ) wants to make customers aware of potential clearance and access issues that should be discussed in advance of rebuilding.

    Issues have arisen with encroachments on the clearances between electric power lines and buildings and in some cases, could result in serious safety concerns, risk of property damage, injury or death. The intent of this letter is to raise awareness of these issues and to proactively review your plans before you commence your construction project or rebuilding efforts.

    To make application to JCP&L please call our 800 # ( 1-800-662-3115 ). When your application is received, a Layout Technician will be assigned to your project.

  • ....Click Here For the Full Details
  • Electrical Inspections -Meter Resets

    As we enter 2014, JCP&L is anticipating a higher volume of customers looking to restore their services. JCP&L has additional resources in our Berkeley Operation Center dedicated to reconnect services. Over the past few weeks we have received a high volume of inspections throughout the Sandy Related areas. Earlier in the year I worked with our Director of Operations to provide those community's our time frame for restoring service.

    Attached is the link detailing our construction time frame:

  • Information on Sandy-Related Repairs, Demolitions and Home Elevations
  • Meter Reset

    If your home's electrical system was damaged and the required work has been completed, please contact your municipality to schedule an electrical inspection (an inspection is required before service can be restored). They will send confirmation of the inspection to JCP&L. • If there is no additional work required, your meter will be set in 3-5 days. • In cases where a new service line needs to be run to your home or other construction is required, please allow at least 10 - 15 working days. Here is the link where customer can check to see if we received their inspection:
  • Click Here to check on your inspection
  • At this time, majority of the service reconnections require running a new service wire and setting the meter. I would like to set up a meeting to better understand you turn around on your electrical inspections. The purpose of my request is to provide residents the information they need to plan accordingly as they rebuild.

  • Meter Re-Build Information
  • ....Click Here For the Full Details
  • ....Berkeley Township Requirements for NJNG Hook-ups
  • Please visit New Jersey natural gas website for more Details NJNG Website
  • Replacing Your Lost Important Papers

    Mayor Amato would like residents to know how get some of those important documents back. The following is a partial list of ways to get duplicates of destroyed or missing documents: ..Click here for the list.

    IRS Information for Victims of Sandy Mayor Amato wants residents to know that The Internal Revenue Service has created a website that provides information and legal guidance for Sandy victims.
  • ...Webpage
  • Voluntary Demolition Program The Township is currently identifying properties that may require assistance in demolishing structurally damaged homes and/or removing debris from private property. If you believe your home sustained structural damage from Super Storm Sandy, or still contains debris and/or trees that are leaning or hanging onto your property as a result of the Storm, you can apply to participate in the Private Property Debris Removal ("PPDR") program. The application deadline is June 30, 2013. In order to apply, you must have been the owner of the property on October 29, 2012. A notarized completed Right of Entry form and copy of a homeowner's valid ID will automatically register your property into the program. ....More and the Application Form

    "ReNew Jersey Stronger" Housing Recovery Center

    Mayor Amato is pleased to announce that The Christie Administration today announced that a "reNew Jersey Stronger" Housing Recovery Center will open in Lakewood. Eligible homeowners whose primary residences were damaged or destroyed by the storm can visit the Housing Recovery Center to apply in-person for grants designed to encourage them to resettle in their homes and help them repair, elevate or rebuild their residences. For more information on the "reNew Jersey Stronger" initiative, including details about the application process, determination of eligibility, and award calculation, visit
  • www.renewjerseystronger.org
  • or call the hotline number 1-855-SANDYHM (1-855-726-3946).

    The Ocean County Housing Recovery Center that will open is located at: 750 Vassar Avenue, Lakewood, NJ.

    Homeowners Struggling with Mortgage Payments..... Mayor Amato is pleased to Announce the Christie Administration's Assistance for Homeowners Struggling with Mortgage PaymentsNew Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency to Host Free Outreach Events for Homeowners at Risk of Foreclosure TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Richard E. Constable, III today announced that the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA) will receive $197,802 from the federal Making Home Affordable ....More

    New Jersey' Clean Energy Program - Energy Incentives Mayor Amato would like to remind residents of the New Jersey' Clean Energy Program's enhanced incentives for High Efficiency Appliances for Storm Victims. Berkeley Township is designated as a "major" damaged area impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Because of this designation, Berkeley residents may be eligible for enhanced incentives on high efficiency equipment/appliances. ...More

    Ocean County’s Long Term Recovery Group

    Mayor Amato urges residents who are still financially struggling from Superstorm Sandy to reach out to Ocean County’s Long Term Recovery Group. Ocean County’s Long Term Recovery Group finds its mission in its name: we’re here to assist you for the long-term. Take a moment to ask yourself these questions and then we invite you to reach out to us today.
  • Are you finding it challenging and overwhelming trying to get back to normal since the disaster?
  • Are you having trouble determining your next steps when it comes to rebuilding your life after a disaster?
  • Do you feel alone, as if you have no one who understands what you are going through?
  • Are you having financial problems as a direct result of the disaster?
  • Are you overwhelmed by the resources and services offered?
  • Are you still waiting for your insurance or FEMA checks?
  • Do you need help navigating the system of disaster recovery (i.e. social services, FEMA, insurance etc.)?
  • If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, please consider contacting a Disaster Case Manager (DCM).
  • ...More Information
  • Homes For All, Inc. has grant funds available for re-building. Contact 732-286-7929. ....Click Here for More Information

    Demolition Guide From the Governor's Office approved by the EPA: ....Click Here For the final, EPA-approved demolition guidance document

    New Jersey Natural Gas Update regarding Demolishing or Raising Your Post-Sandy Home
  • NJNG website update
  • UCEDC Offering 2% Working Capital Loans For Small Businesses: UCEDC is a Non Profit Economic Development Corporation offering a 2% working Capital Loan for Superstorm Sandy recovery. ....More

  • UCEDC Website
  • WIND DAMAGE LETTER: To facilitate the claims process, Mayor Amato has provided a letter for homeowners who are having problems with their Homeowners Insurance Company regarding wind damage. In addition the OEM Coordinator for Seaside Park has provided us with a letter stating an actual wind gust of 97 mph

    ....Wind Damage letter

    ....Seaside Park Memo measuring wind Gust of 97 mph

    FEMA HAzard Mitigation Seminar -Watch the Recording. Mayor Amato has made available the recordings for the two informational seminars.

    WATCH A RECORDING OF BOTH SEMINARS..Click here Watch

    FACT SHEET - REBUILDING AFTER SANDY
  • Click Here for the FACT SHEET

    Ocean County AmeriCorps Response Team: Visit us at:
  • FACEBOOK PAGE
  • TWITTER
  • EMAIL
  • Phone: 732-804-9859
  • NJDEP BLUE ACRES PROGRAM: The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is accepting applications from residents located in flood prone areas that wish to sell their properties through its Blue Acres Program. People who are eligible for blue acres are those that have been damaged by or prone to incurring damage caused by storms or related storm flooding or that may buffer or protect other lands from such damages. Acquired properties are permanently deed restricted as open space in accordance with the NJDEP statutes and are made open to the public. If you wish to participate or apply for this program, the application can be found at: Blue Acres Application

    NJDEP Blue Acres Info Page

  • Mayor Amato and Chief DiMichele are pleased to announce that the Route 35 Entry Checkpoint in Seaside Park and all Checkpoints in South Seaside Park have been discontinued. "Many residents have re-populated these areas and have started the rebuilding process. It is time to get back to some level of normalcy. Police units will continue to be assigned to patrol the area. Residents who see any suspicious activity, should immediately report it to the Berkeley Township Police Department: (732)341-6600 or use the anomious tip line: (732) 341-1132 ext: 611." Mayor Amato said.The Following Information is provided:
  • Residential Stickers and Work Entry Permits are discontinued
  • The 6 P.M. to 5 A.M. pedestrian curfew will remain in effect
  • The Beaches and Bay front areas remain closed Printable Version
  • NJ Dept of Community Affairs rebuilding restoration guidelines for Sandy Victims NJ DCA Division of Codes Webpage
  • Evacuation Letter for Homeowners in South Seaside Park. Homeowners who own property in South Seaside Park whose Insurance Companies need more than the Governor's Executive Order to prove they are not allowed to live in their homes at this time. ....Click Here to print the Letter
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    View the interactive Calendar of events.
    Emergency Management & Weather
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