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STORM TOOK A BITE
OUT OF SHORELINES

Sonic boom:
Why didn’t
Navy issue
a warning?
Officials remain mum
about rattling ruckus
RUSS ZIMMER @RUSSZIMMER

Why didn’t the Navy warn us its jets would be making such a ruckus?
No answer was forthcoming Friday, a day after the
ground shook for hours, from southern New Jersey all
the way up to Long Island, a swath of land home to millions of people.
It took the Navy more than four hours to release a
statement conceding that it was sonic booms —
caused by supersonic aircraft on flight maneuvers —
that prompted what some feared were earthquakes.
The Asbury Park Press asked the Navy for more
details of what happened; the officials have been as
mum as their aircraft were loud.
Two jets, an F-35C and F-18, from Naval Air Station
Patuxent River, Maryland, were responsible for all
the racket, which some local residents blamed for new
cracks in their homes — damage insurance officials
said likely was covered by homeowner’s insurance.
The aircraft are capable of flying about 1,200 mph,
See BOOM, Page 12A

The tremors were more than just a
PETER ACKERMAN/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Long Beach Township police go house to house in the Holgate section, checking on erosion and state of the homes.

surprise to some. Some residents, like
Edward Witek in Barnegat, reported

A DEP survey found 19 towns or beach areas, including many
in Ocean County, suffered major erosion during nor’easter

newly-formed cracks in the walls or
ceilings of their homes.

JEAN MIKLE @JEANMIKLE

Areas of northern Ocean County’s barrier island
have been left vulnerable to future storms after a vicious Jan. 23 nor’easter gouged chunks of sand from
beaches in Ortley Beach and exposed a protective steel
wall in sections of Mantoloking and Brick, state officials said.
“Northern Ocean County is vulnerable,” said William Dixon, manager of the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Department of Coastal Engineering. The department surveyed beaches on Jan. 24
and 25. “Most of those municipalities have been trucking in sand to protect those areas.”
Of the 66 municipalities and beach areas surveyed,
19 had major beach or dune erosion, 21 had moderate
beach or dune erosion and 26 had minor beach and
dune erosion.
Erosion was particularly pronounced in areas of
Ocean County’s northern barrier island, where a longawaited beach replenishment project to be completed
by the Army Corps of Engineers has been delayed because dozens of oceanfront property owners have still
refused to sign easements granting the corps access to
the beach.
Mantoloking and Brick have closed their beaches to
the public until further notice because there is now a
large vertical drop down to the sand.
In Bay Head, Brick and Mantoloking, the ocean battered away at the sand, exposing a rock revetment in
Bay Head and sections of a steel wall in Brick. In Brick,
there is now a vertical drop of 10 to 15 feet from the
steel wall to the beach, while in Mantoloking the drop is
7 to 8 feet.
“One of the primary reason for that steel wall was to
protect those areas in advance of the federal project,”

Jon Peditto is sentenced Friday to eight
years in prison for growing 17 marijuana
plants in the Pinelands.
DOUG HOOD/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Pot activists toke
up at sentencing
THOMAS P. COSTELLO/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Linda Brick of the Monterey Beach section of Toms River
walks past eroded dunes near 5th Avenue in the northern
end of Normandy Beach on Monday.

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Of the 66 municipalities and beach areas surveyed,
19 had major beach or dune erosion, 21 had moderate beach or dune erosion and 26 had minor beach
and dune erosion.

Go to APP.com to see a
video of DEP
Commissioner Bob Martin and Lt. Gov.
Kim Guadagno surveying erosion
damage in Ortley Beach.

See EROSION, Page 10A

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TOMS RIVER – Activists smoked marijuana out of
a water pipe in front of the Ocean County Courthouse
Friday without repercussions, but they couldn’t save a
Mays Landing man from an eight-year prison term for
growing 17 cannabis plants in the Pinelands.
Still, the prison term Jon Peditto received for operating a marijuana production facility is lower than the
10-year minimum term for the crime he was convicted
of in October.
Superior Court Judge James M. Blaney gave 54year-old Jon Peditto a break, sentencing him for a less
serious crime.
The judge said that despite Peditto’s rudeness to
him and prosecutors during his trial last year, he
found enough mitigating factors to cut him a break.
“The man I saw was a man who admitted smoking
marijuana since he was 15 years old,” Blaney said of
Peditto. “Some of his cognitive brain functions seem
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