Saturday, May 25, 2013
Some scenes from the past week showing Belmar's return
Some scenes from the past week showing Belmar's return: On Tuesday, around 10 a.m., the boardwalk's lemon returned and the Eighth Avenue sign was hung. St. Rose Grammar School was on the beach during the Belmar Strong celebration with Governor Christie and Mayor Doherty. Displayed is photo of the Eighth Grade class showing off some Belmar love.
Buildings still in tatters, empty lots where homes once stood
BRICK, NJ -- The kick-off ceremonies may be taking place. But many are far from starting over at the Jersey Shore this Memorial Day weekend. As the Shore on Friday celebrated the rebirth of the Seaside Heights boardwalk following its destruction in Hurricane Sandy, the situation remained grim just minutes away on Ocean County's northern barrier island. In Mantoloking, the epicenter of a massive ocean breach during the Oct. 29, 2012 storm, homes remained off their foundations, awaiting the arrival of demolition crews. Oceanfront lots that once contained houses are empty, and the entire town remained exposed to Mother Nature with its duneline destroyed. In Brick Township, the charred remains of homes from the Camp Osborn neighborhood greeted…
Planning a vacation or just a day trip? Patch has all the information on the Shore's best beaches
More than six months after Superstorm Sandy caused unprecedented damage to the Jersey Shore region, the beaches will be open for Memorial Day Weekend and the summer. While certain access points and facilities might be closed as municipalities continue to work on restoration, for the most part, the beaches will be operational. The only beach that remains off limits to the public is Mantoloking. The borough was home to a breach that split Ocean County's northern barrier island in half and was one of the hardest hit communities in New Jersey during the storm. So as you prepare to stick your toes in the sand, are you wondering what will be accessible after Sandy? Need to know how much it will cost to buy badges to your favorite beach? Curious …
Friday, May 24, 2013
The ceremony, which was held under the newly rebuilt gazebo along the Manasquan Inlet, gave community leaders a chance to reflect on how far the town of Manasquan has come since Hurricane Sandy hit its shores back in late October
From eager beachgoers to diehard surfers, many of Manasquan's residences had already reclaimed and begun utilizing their beaches before the town officially opened them at Thursday's ribbon cutting ceremony. The ceremony, which was held under the newly rebuilt gazebo along the Manasquan Inlet, gave community leaders a chance to reflect on how far the town of Manasquan has come since Hurricane Sandy hit its shores back in late October. “Between the beach committee, the Mayor and Council, and the patience of our citizens, we were able to do the job 100 percent. We are completely done, we are completely open...and it is amazing that in seven months we were able to do all of this,” Mayor George Dempsey said at the ceremony of Manasquan's …
Guadagno added, “The real hero here today is the mayor of Manasquan”
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno joined Sen. Robert Singer and Assemblyman Dave Rible, as well as Mayor George Dempsey and council members of Manasquan, to help re-open the beach this week. Guadagno added, “The real hero here today is the mayor of Manasquan.” The lietenant governor acknowledged the difficulties of being the mayor of a small town after a natural disaster such as Hurricane Sandy and commended the mayor for his perseverance and dedication to the town of Manasquan. “You were here fighting for the people of the town of Manasquan and the results we clearly see here today," Guadagno said.
Christie visits brother's house in Point Beach, then greets residents on boardwalk in downpour
President Obama may visit Point Pleasant Beach on Tuesday, but it's not definite yet if that will be one of his stops at the Jersey Shore, said Gov. Christie in Point Beach early Friday afternoon. "I don't know yet where he's going," said Christie, on the second level of the Boardwalk Bar and Grill on Friday, in between doing television interviews and greeting Jenkinson's owners and other well-wishers. "But, yes, this is one of the places that's being looked at," he said. "It's up to the White House where he goes. They tell us where they want to go and we bring them." "Put in a good word for Point Beach, Governor," said Point Beach Councilman William Mayer, smiling. "Put in a good word for Point Beach? OK!" replied Christie, matter of …
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Thursday, May 23, 2013
DEP Commissioner: side scan sonar used to detect sunken debris; Tourism Commissioner: rental market is healthy
Though immense devastation from Superstorm Sandy remains visible up and down the New Jersey coastline, beaches, boardwalks and even rental homes are ready for the annual influx of summer tourists that will begin this weekend, officials said Thursday at the annual "State of the Shore" event in Belmar. The State of the Shore report is presented by state officials and the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium every year before Memorial Day weekend kicks off, but this year it evolved to mark the unofficial reopening of the Shore area following Sandy. With emergency repairs to state and local infrastructure damaged by the storm now complete, work has started on the state's long term recovery, said Bob Martin, commissioner of the state Department of …
This will be Obama's first visit to Shore since just after Sandy
President Obama and Gov. Christie will visit the Jersey Shore on Tuesday, according to The Record in Bergen County. Herb Jackson of the Record and northjersey.com reports President Obama will visit the Jersey Shore on Tuesday with Gov. Christie. This will be Obama's first visit to the area since Oct. 31, just after the storm struck. More information can be found here.
As Memorial Day weekend approaches, beaches look safe for swimming
Volunteer divers from Divers Two in Avon-by-the-Sea came to Brick Wednesday to search the oceanfront area for debris left over from Superstorm Sandy. But hours into their search, nothing had been found. Dives will continue throughout the summer season all along the Jersey Shore as a precaution, officials said. Recently, volunteer divers affiliated with the Point Pleasant First Aid and Emergency Squad, serving Point Beach, Bay Head and Mantoloking, dove off the shore of Point Pleasant Beach and did not find any significant debris or problems.