Our family spent last weekend at the Jersey Shore.
Not because the weather was fabulous or anything…It was NOT.
But after all it was Memorial Day Weekend
and the kick-off to the summer season!
We have family members who own a house there
so the weekend was more of a family get together
and a chance to see the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
And what an aftermath!
This is the view as you enter the Fun Town Pier end of the boardwalk.
More of Fun Town Pier.
Luckily our family’s house was not severely damaged. During Hurricane Sandy, they had about 6 feet of water in the basement/garage but the living area upstairs was not touched. Over the past few months they have gutted the basement down to the studs, had the mold professionally removed and then replaced all the drywall and repainted. It looks as good as new except for the new paint line halfway up the basement stairs that doesn’t match the old paint. They haven’t replaced the washer and dryer yet but when they do, the new ones will be located upstairs – far away from any flooding threat!
Since the temperature hovered in the 50s and 60s, lying on the beach was not really an option and swimming in the 52 degree water was not either! We did stroll down to the beach to survey the damage.
The shoreline has definitely changed.
The beach is not as wide as before.
They are in the process of building the sand dunes back up. They use to be so high, you could not see over them from the street. But these sand dunes saved this area from severe damage. Some towns like Ortley Beach didn’t have sand dunes to protect them and those areas were wiped out.
As you saw above, the famous (or maybe infamous)
Seaside Heights Boardwalk is nearby.
Hurricane Sandy rearranged a few things…
Obviously, they haven’t finished cleaning up all the damage.
As you can see, this part of the boardwalk has already been replaced.
The taffy sign has not.
How sad is this?
Recently I watched a VIDEO of the roller coaster being torn down.
As you see, the cars are still scattered around
on the empty section of boardwalk.
I prefer to remember things like this though!
My kids were sad to see their favorite places torn apart. Although I have never been much of a fan of Seaside Heights Boardwalk because of the crowd it has attracted over the years, I now feel very protective of the place. I have definitely gained a new appreciation for the boardwalk and its history. I have even gained a new appreciation for the MTV Jersey Shore show. The cast has come through with some fundraisers for the area so I have to credit them with that!
And as you might have guessed – the ‘Jersey Shore’ house is still attracting visitors…
I hope they are donating the money!
But like I said, my kids were sad to see all the destruction.
We used to enjoy crabbing on this pier.
We also took a ride north on Rt. 35 though
devastated Ortley Beach and on to Mantoloking.
Unbelievable that some areas still look like this 7 months after the storm!
I wonder how much can be saved.
I almost didn’t want to post these because
I am sure these vacation homes were filled with memories.
My heart goes out to all those people who lost their beautiful homes.
But all the flags in this picture give some hope!
Staying Jersey Strong!
We didn’t spend the whole weekend staring at ruins…
We also made time for fun with family… and the doggies!
The picture above was taken at Charlies Ice Cream, one of the many businesses in the area that are up and running. Despite the war-zone-like photos I showed you above, the Jersey Shore is on its way back baby!
I was disappointed I didn’t get to run into Governor Christie
wearing his famous fleece sweatshirt though!
How was your Memorial Day Weekend?
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