Long Branch deems South Seaview Tower imminent hazard – owner has 24 hours to raze

Mayor John Pallone announced Thursday January 14th that the South tower at Seaview Towers has now been elevated to an Imminent Hazard which will speed up demolition of the building. For the safety of the residents, road closures will be posted around the property beginning today.

An aerial view shows the caved in roof of the south tower.

The City engineer conducted a structural inspection that determined the south tower to be an Imminent Hazard. At this time, the City has notified the property owners of this status and has given them 24 hours to take down the building.

If the property owner fails to abide by the City’s order to demolish the building, the City will proceed to demolish the tower and recapture the cost by a lien to be placed on the property. The City building official will also proactively seek access to the north tower to ensure that the same hazard does not exist there.

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Out of an abundance of caution, there will be road closures in the area of North Bath to South Bath Ave to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Part of the boardwalk will also be closed.

“We have notified the property owners and if they do not demolish the south tower, we will do it. A lien will be put on the property and this will not be an expense to the taxpayers. This building needs to come down as soon as possible,” Mayor Pallone stated.

Pallone Statement on the Impeachment of Donald Trump

Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump:

“I voted to impeach President Trump today because he made it clear on January 6, 2021 that he is unfit to serve as President of the United States. The President called on domestic terrorists to come to Washington and encouraged them to attack the Capitol. These same people – his supporters – went through the Capitol hunting Members of Congress and the Vice President in order to stop the democratic transition of power. As a result, five people are dead, including a Capitol Police officer from New Jersey who was murdered by the President’s violent mob. President Trump’s willful incitement of insurrection poses a clear and imminent threat to our country’s democracy. The House of Representatives had no choice but to once again fulfill its duty our Founders gave to Congress in the U.S. Constitution. We will not tolerate anyone who seeks to use elected office to willfully support the overthrow of a government for the people and by the people.”

Threats called to a local gym causing false public alarm in Ocean Township

On December 29th, 2020 at approximately 7:00 pm a call was received by the Ocean Township Police Department reporting a subject armed with a gun had entered a local gym located at Seaview Square in Ocean Township. Several officers responded to the location and checked the interior of the business. No armed subject was located and there was deemed to be no threat at that time.

On December 30th, 2020 at approximately 6:50 pm a second call was received by the Ocean Township Police Department reporting a subject armed with a gun had entered the same local gym. Several officers responded to the location and checked the interior of the business. No armed subject was located and there was deemed to be no threat.

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On January 7th, 2021 at approximately 6:30 pm a call was received by the Ocean Township Police Department reporting a bomb at the same gym. The business was evacuated and a bomb K9 responded. The building was checked and no explosive devices were located.

Officers Michael Jones, John Goncalves, Greg Martone, Christopher Stenger, Joseph Larkins, Alicea Angelo, Charles Weinkofsky, Detectives Michael Legg and Steve Walker, Sergeant Alisa Martinez responded to the call.

The Ocean Township Police Department is requesting if anyone has information pertaining to these three incidents contact Detective Steven Walker at 732-531-1428 or the main number at 732-531-1800.

Monmouth County has 571 additional positive cases of COVID-19; Vaccine information

FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County Commissioner Director Thomas A. Arnone and County Commissioner Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley have announced that today, Jan. 13, there are 571 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Monmouth County. There are 13 new deaths being reported today related to COVID-19 in Monmouth County.

The County Commissioners and the Monmouth County Health Department (MCHD) are strongly urging residents to do their part to slow the spread by practicing social distancing, wearing a face covering when social distancing is not possible, not gathering in large crowds, washing their hands and staying home when sick.

Monmouth County will offer free COVD-19 testing for County residents on Friday, Jan. 15 in Asbury Park from 9 a.m. to noon at the Asbury Park Transportation Center, 1 Municipal Plaza. Residents should note that the clinic has 200 tests and once those are administered, the clinic will close for the day.

Information about the County’s COVID-19 testing program is available on www.visitmonmouth.com. Residents are encouraged to fill out the testing requisition form ahead of testing in order to expedite the process.

Residents with general questions or concerns about COVID-19 are able to contact the MCHD phone bank by calling 732-845-2070 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

When the phone bank is not operational, please visit the MCHD website at www.visitmonmouth.com/health for general information related to COVID-19. Residents can also visit the NJ 211 website for additional information at www.nj211.org/coronavirus-covid-19 or by dialing 2-1-1.

For information on the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the County’s COVID-19 vaccination webpage located at www.visitmonmouth.com/health.

The breakdown of positive COVID-19 cases by municipality is as follows:

13-Jan 12-Jan
Aberdeen: 1038 1018
Allenhurst: 49 49
Allentown: 69 69
Asbury Park: 939 920
Atlantic Highlands: 174 165
Avon-by-the-Sea: 116 114
Belmar: 276 268
Bradley Beach: 220 215
Brielle: 314 307
Colts Neck: 564 559
Deal: 192 189
Eatontown: 982 968
Englishtown: 136 135
Fair Haven: 240 238
Farmingdale: 76 77
Freehold Borough: 1082 1074
Freehold Township: 2130 2091
Hazlet: 1115 1106
Highlands: 198 194
Holmdel: 914 887
Howell: 2972 2924
Interlaken: 51 50
Keansburg: 650 638
Keyport: 391 385
Lake Como: 93 92
Little Silver: 290 276
Loch Arbour: 14 14
Long Branch: 2561 2537
Manalapan: 2242 2194
Manasquan: 281 275
Marlboro: 1965 1934
Matawan: 671 661
Middletown: 3405 3360
Millstone Township: 496 493
Monmouth Beach: 168 164
Neptune City: 277 270
Neptune Township: 1968 1940
Ocean: 1774 1744
Oceanport: 319 313
Red Bank: 1157 1141
Roosevelt: 33 32
Rumson: 322 317
Sea Bright: 86 85
Sea Girt: 118 117
Shrewsbury Borough: 330 324
Shrewsbury Township: 66 65
Spring Lake: 135 135
Spring Lake Heights: 237 235
Tinton Falls: 979 967
Union Beach: 275 274
Upper Freehold: 345 338
Wall: 1554 1534
West Long Branch: 706 700
Unknown: 0 0


If you would like to read more Monmouth County news updates and information regarding the COVID-19 situation, go to www.visitmonmouth.com.

LD11 Offices Continue to Operate Remotely

Dear Friend,
Due to reports of planned insurrections across the country including in New Jersey, our offices will continue to work remotely for the protection of our staff and constituents. We will be available as always to answer your questions and work on whatever issues you may need assistance with. We are honored to continue serving you in the Eleventh District.

If you live in district and need assistance, you can fill out the form below and a member of our Constituent Services team will reach out to help.
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The 11th Legislative District towns are the following:
  • Allenhurst,
  • Asbury Park,
  • Colts Neck,
  • Deal,
  • Eatontown,
  • Freehold Borough,
  • Freehold Township,
  • Interlaken,
  • Loch Arbour,
  • Long Branch,
  • Neptune,
  • Neptune Township,
  • Ocean Township (Monmouth),
  • Red Bank,
  • Shrewsbury Borough,
  • Shrewsbury Township,
  • Tinton Falls,
  • West Long Branch
We are committed to representing you to the best of our abilities in Trenton, and will continue to help our residents through these unprecedented times.

Thank you, and stay safe. Sincerely,

Take Out Bags offered at the LB Chamber of Commerce

The Monmouth County Commissioners purchased Take Out Bags to provide to businesses who are seeing an influx of to-go orders. The Greater Long Branch Chamber of Commerce has received a shipment of these paper, recycleable bags!

If you are one of these businesses, you can pick up bags at the Chamber office or they will deliver them to your business.

The City had introduced an ordinance to ban businesses from using plastic bags and other single-use plastics by Dec. 31, 2020. This ordinance has been delayed due to the COVID-19. Businesses still using plastic at this point will not be penalized. But you can still utilize paper bags offered free by the Long Branch Chamber.

Call the Chamber at 732-222-0400.

Free Covid Tests In Long Branch

Free COVID testing at the Bucky James Community Center for Monmouth County residents.