(Inquirer photo by Elizabeth V. Robertson/staff photographer)
So the moral of the story is, the squeaky flooded out wheel gets the endlessly-stalled insurance settlement money. In the case of Maurice Corkery, above, in his gutted little slice of paradise in Ocean City, N.J., his frustrations really touched a nerve with the many people whose insurance claims - despite FEMA reassurances - remain up in the air, stalled, or in need of appeals and supplement. But about a week after Corkery went passionately and eloquently public about his endless bureacratic frustrations with FEMA Flood Insurance - have your engineer talk to my engineer about sums it up - the Hartford Insurance Company told him they were cutting him the $79,300 check he had sought in order to tear down the ruined little rancher and put up an elevated modular home that meets all FEMA requirements. (The settlement was $88,000, minus depreciation and deductible). Corkery, who spoke with the passion of a WIP caller complaining about former Eagles coach Andy Reid, told his tale in the Inquirer, and then leveraged that into an appearance on Fox Business Network and an outraged on his behalf Gerri Willis. It touched a nerve, judging from the response, among people like Corkery who paid their insurance premiums, spent their savings on modest beach homes and hoped to secure a little bit of Jersey Shore goodness for their families (in Corkery's case, a new grandson). "I will be installing pilings to 13 feet," Corkery reports, "and putting a new home on them." Corkery at first thought the check would mean the home would be ready by June, just in time for beach tags. Now, he's thinking mid-July is more realistic. "I have applied for demo permits," he wrote in an e-mail Monday morning. "The modular house has been ordered. My builder told me O.C. still has only one guy who approves the permits. I hope it moves fast." One thing is certain: the new house will be the same yellow as the old one. "My wife thinks it is a shore color," he said. Agreed. Stay tuned sports fans.
OCEAN CITY – A quaint downtown stretch along Asbury Avenue that has mostly managed to avoid corporate homogeneity by favoring hometown mom-and-pops – the likes of Benetton and Domino’s Pizza left town long ago after relatively unpopular stints – will be graced by the resort’s first Starbucks come fall.
Starbucks will, in fact, occupy Domino’s old digs at 11th and Asbury just as soon as designers, contractors, and the franchisees can create a “beach-beautiful” theme in the old pizza joint. Installing snazzy seating for up to 70 people, including a gas fireplace and special lighting features, the space could become a favorite hangout for locals and visitors alike, said Anne Betz, of Betz & Associates of Phoenixville, Chester County, which will operate the location with partner Pierce Keating of the Daniel J. Keating Co. of Narberth, Montgomery County.
The partnership operates Starbucks in nearby Margate and Atlantic City.
With their backs up against the seawall at the end of Brigantine Avenue, U.S. Reps. Frank LoBiondo and Jon Runyan announced they were introducing legislation that would ease some of the burden from the planned whopper of a rate increase to fund the once-hemorrhaging national Flood Insurance program. They were joined by Brigantine Mayor Phil Guenther, above, in the suit and tie. (The Congressman dressed down for the beach).
Among the responses to my story today about Sandy victims who can't shake any insurance money out of the National Flood Insurance Program, featuring Maurice Corkery of Delaware County, above, was an e-mail from Anne Cancelmo of Ocean City, who writes, "How about an article on the topic regarding insurance companies when writing a check to cover losses write it to the homeowner (aka morgtage holder) and the bank (mortgager).
When fired ripped through The Gables in Beach Haven just after the dinner service Easter Sunday last year, some feared the devastating blaze would mean the end of the beloved Long Beach Island landmark restaurant.
But the owner persevered and restored the ornate Victorian to all its former splendor in time to reopen just before Labor Day. In addition to a fine-dining restaurant, the establishment offers five upstairs guest rooms that each features Frette linens, marble fireplaces, and luxury bathrooms. It was the second time owner Sondra Beninati had to undertake a massive restoration of what she calls her “Grand Old Lady” after purchasing it in 2006.
Then along came Sandy.