More Sandy Recovery Work To Be Done
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Monmouth Beach. May 3, 2013
Jersey Shore towns are making progress in recovering from Superstorm Sandy, but there’s still more work to be done.
Sea Bright councilman Jack Keeler says six months after the storm many of the businesses in the downtown area are still closed.
“I’d say about half will be open by summer, but the other half is still going to be doing heavy work. Restaurants, kitchens were wiped out and that sort of thing so it’s tough.”
Keeler says many residents are still not back home.
“A good number of the condo and apartment complexes have yet to open because almost all of their heating and air conditioning units are in the basement area or the crawl spaces, and they were very severely damaged.”
Crews are making repairs to get the Bathing Pavilion in Monmouth Beach ready for shore visitors.
The local school is still closed after sustaining water damage, and many residents awaiting grant money to elevate their houses have not returned home.
While it’s been a struggle, Mayor Susan Howard says people are trying to make the best of it.
“We love our towns, and we want them to be good again. So much kindness and compassion has been shown to us, and people are showing it to each other, and that’s what’s keeping all of us going no matter how hard it is.”
Like her counterparts in many other communities, Howard expects the beach will be ready by Memorial Day and is hopeful visitors will return to the shore.