Dolphin debacle: Ortley residents upset over water company logo
When Ortley Beach residents spotted an outline of the familiar jumping dolphin being painted onto the water tower in their neighborhood last Saturday, many breathed a sigh of relief that one of the familiar scenes in a changing section of town would be there to stay.
But days later, many noticed the familiar jumping dolphins and "Ortley Beach" lettering inscribed on the side of the water tower would only be visible from the north. On the south side of the tower, New Jersey American Water Company eschewed the mirror image of the dolphins and neighborhood name in favor of its corporate logo.
Residents quickly let the company know what they thought of the change on their Facebook page, as well as on the Ortley Strong Facebook page, which was created in the wake of Susperstorm Sandy, which particularly devastated Ortley Beach. In recent days, the water tower issue has led to the creation of a page dedicated to the dolphins.
"No other water tower in the area has a 'company' name on it, why does ours?" asked Stacie Varanelli.