The Shore Prepares for Spring and Summer Visitors

As the quiet winter months draw to a close, towns along the shore prepare for Summer travelers.
In Barnegat Light, where storm damage was minimal, dock tours give travelers a behind-the-scenes look at the commercial fishing at Viking Village. Plans are underway for their Jazzy Scallop & Seafood Festival in June. Luxury bed and breakfast The Sand Castle reopens for the season in mid-April.
Though the hurricane disrupted some fall performances, the New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch is back with a crowd-pleasing lineup. Many shops and accommodations, including Pier Village and Cedars and Beeches Bed and Breakfast, are open year-round in Long Branch and are ready to serve you during your next visit. At Seven President’s Oceanfront Park, the dunes and seawall were damaged but the park is prepping for a busy season of splashing. Woodrow Wilson Hall, a National Historic Landmark at Monmouth University, has repaired minor damages and continues offering daily tours.
Red Bank business owners, like so many others, agree that the economic repercussions of the storm have been more difficult to overcome than any property damages. But businesses continue to deliver quality services and experiences. At Chetkin Gallery, a special spring showcase will feature new paintings from their artists. Basil T’s will roll back their prices in March in honor of their 27th anniversary, and the Oyster Point Hotel is again welcoming guests after being closed for months.
In Belmar, a new boardwalk is under construction and should be completed by Memorial Day. Klein’s Fish Market took in three feet of water, but was back up and running by mid-November. Klein’s dining operations sustained little damage. The Belmar Arts Council building was flooded too, but it has reopened and is hosting exhibits and live entertainment. Arts Council members also made a big difference in beautifying Belmar after the storm by painting murals on concrete barriers along the shore.
Ocean Grove’s boardwalk and pier were destroyed and efforts are being made to rebuild, however, it’s business as usual at Bath Ave. House, Comfort Zone and The Starving Artist at Day’s. The Historical Society of Ocean Grove Museum and the Historic Centennial Summer Cottage will open for the normal season in May. The historical society is gearing up for its 45th annual House Tour and a new Ocean Grove Tent Tour, both in July.


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