On Sept. 16, N.J. Governor Chris Christie’s administrative reps will be meeting with business owners and residents affected by the massive and destructive 8-alarm fire that roared along the Seaside Park and Seaside Heights’ boardwalk last Thursday. The purpose of the “Mobile Cabinet” meeting scheduled for today at the Seaside Municipal Complex in Seaside Heights will be to advise business owners and residents on a variety of issues.
According to CBS News, representatives from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, Department of State Business Action Center, and the Governor’s Office of Constituent Relations will be available, along with representatives from departments of Banking and Insurance, Environmental Protection, Transportation and Labor & Workforce Development.
The state Department of Human Services will also send out crisis counselors in the Seaside area to provide emotional support for those impacted, Christie’s office said.
While the ashes were still warm in Seaside, Gov. Christie announced on Saturday that $15 million is already available to help begin with the recovery and rebuilding efforts. That $15 million was made available from funds generated following Superstorm Sandy. Additional financial aid should also be forthcoming.
Seaside officials will continue to monitor the boardwalk area for the immediate future to guard against any flare-ups from embers that might still be smoldering. One flare-up started in a pile of debris in Seaside Park around 2:20 a.m. Sunday, and was extinguished by firefighters by 3 a.m.
Investigators are still working to try and determine exactly what started the fire on Thursday that ultimately destroyed 50 businesses along portions of the Seaside boardwalk.
Much of the boardwalk destroyed by the fire had just been replaced following the devastation left behind in the aftermath of last October’s Superstorm Sandy.
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