Lavallette Boardwalk Restored
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Lavallette. May 20, 2013
Seven months after Superstorm Sandy ripped many of them apart, rebuilt boardwalks along the Jersey Shore are beginning to reopen.
Governor Christie took part in ceremonies as the final nail was hammered in the newly constructed boardwalk in Lavallette.
He says the rebuilt boardwalks help give shore visitors a sense of normalcy.
"It gives people a sense of optimism and then a sense of curiosity. They want to come down and see it. We're not going to have everything fixed by Memorial Day nor did anybody really expect us to, but the important things that drive the economy, most of those are going to be done and ready to go by Memorial Day."
Christie says there's still more work to do.
He says a website will be up and running this Friday so homeowners can apply for grants of up to 150-thousand-dollars to help rebuild, renovate, or elevate their homes.
"There will be some people who will conclude that they're going to have to sell. I understand that, but I don't think we're going to see the widespread selling of homes across the shore because people don't have the money to rebuild. I think between cooperation with the banks, the insurance companies, and the federal aid and state grants that we're giving, that most people are going to find a way to do it."
The governor says he'll be traveling up and down the shore all week, visiting boardwalks and beaches, to help kickoff the tourism season.