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25

Jersey Shore – Inspiration and Opportunity

When I look at my beloved Jersey Shore now, almost a year after Sandy took her toll, I can only think of one word…INSPIRATIONAL.

Some beach towns, like Long Branch, got away fairly unscathed. The promenade that runs from the north end of Long Branch to the south end of Pier Village remained virtually untouched and, within weeks of the storm, the shops and restaurants of Pier Village were back up and running – business as usual.

Then there were the towns whose homes and main streets faired quite well, but whose boardwalks didn’t survive. Spring Lake and Sea Girt fell into that category, but neither wasted any time restoring their beachfront. By the time summer rolled around, both had new boardwalks built to withstand any future super storms, and the Spring Lake 5 went off without a hitch.

Of course, the damage was much worse in harder-hit areas. Not only were many homes destroyed in Belmar, but their boardwalk was washed away as well. As tragic as this was, it was amazing to watch a community band together to get their town back up and running. There was no sitting around and waiting for help to come. They quickly conceived of and launched programs to repair the damage and restore Belmar. One such program, “Buy A Board”, sought donations to rebuild the boardwalk one board at a time. The town is now in talks to build new pavilions, and continues to turn the tragedy into an opportunity to make the oceanfront even bigger and better than imaginable.

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Finally, there were some towns, like Sea Bright, that seemed irreparable after the storm. All seven beach clubs that lined the Sea Bright oceanfront were severely damaged, and Chapel Beach Club was washed away completely. The stores and restaurants that made the quaint little town what it was, were completely washed out.

Though the situation seemed “unfixable” in the months after the storm, both the homeowners and the business owners refused to give up on their beloved town nestled between the ocean and the river. Incredibly, all the beach clubs (including Chapel, which had to be completely re-built) were back in time for the summer season, and the restaurants and shops had begun returning one at a time. Sea Bright is still not back to its previous self, but there’s no doubt that it will be back and better than ever in the not too distant future.

Yes, Sandy barreled through the Jersey Shore and took with her buildings, possessions and beachfront. But, what she failed to destroy was the heart of all the towns she swooped through. So much is already back to normal, and many more improvements are soon to come. This is where the opportunity lies. If you’ve ever dreamt of a home at the Jersey Shore, there’s no better time to fulfill your dreams!

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