New Jersey. A State of Resilience.
While the Jersey Shore is often quiet during the winter months, cities and towns hit by the hurricane are working this off-season to rebuild.
On Long Beach Island, the Surflight Theatre, is gearing up for its 64th season with “Broadway at the Beach.” Usual summer prep was compounded by 40 inches of sea water and the loss of $750,000 worth of costumes. But more than 40 people are helping to restore the building, its foundation and structure, and plan to have it up and running by opening weekend in April.
Shore towns such as Asbury Park, Point Pleasant Beach and Spring Lake were more spared. Attractions and accommodations report minimal damage. Asbury Park’s art house cinema, ShowRoom, opened a new 3-screen cinema in November, playing independent, international, and documentary films. While its construction was delayed three weeks due to Sandy, the cinema did not incur any serious damage and is planning a grand opening in February, with a month-long celebration of events and promotions.
Mikell’s Big House B&B in Asbury Park also reports no serious damage. While the Asbury Park boardwalk did suffer some damage, much of it has already been restored. In anticipation of the demand for new places to stay along the Jersey Shore, Mikell’s will be renting new efficiency apartments for summer 2013.
In Point Pleasant Beach, Jack Baker’s Wharfside Restaurant reports that it is open for business. It only suffered from a power outage for 10 days, but quickly reopened after that. Whisper Restaurant in Spring Lake only lost its power for 10 days as well. Upon reopening, Whisper offered discounted menus to FEMA-displaced victims, but has returned to business as usual.
The image of the Jet Star Roller Coaster in the ocean off Seaside Heights is burned into the minds of many. With national media showing the havoc caused by Sandy, it is pertinent to let people know that much of the Jersey Shore was also spared and will be ready for the 2013 summer season. The Shore is a place built of sand castle and salt water taffy memories, and it will be open this summer for more memory-making.
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