New Jersey. A State of Resilience
Hurricane Sandy’s wrath was not created equal as Ortley Beach and Mantoloking were completely destroyed, yet nearby Midway Beach and Bay Head were practically unaffected. Despite the devastation, New Jersey’s resilience has been unwavering as this year proves once again that the state’s recovery has come full circle over the past two years.
While the shore is typically quiet in the winter months, the state’s resilience is best reflected in the livelihood and offerings of summer. With summer kicking into full gear, the restored and rebuilt beaches and attractions of New Jersey are ready to show their faces once again.
Long Beach Island was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, with much of its coastline destroyed and demolished. After the rebuild, the beaches of Long Beach Island including North Beach, Surf City, and Barnegat Light have been fully restored and are back in business. Places like The Surflight Theatre, celebrating its 65th anniversary this year, suffered damage from the storm but has fully recovered with the aid of volunteers and community support.
The shore towns of Asbury Park, Point Pleasant Beach and Spring Lake experienced less damage, and have continued to thrive in Hurricane Sandy’s wake. While the Asbury Park boardwalk did suffer some damage, it has been fully restored and open for visitors for over a year. Jenkinson’s Boardwalk on Point Pleasant’s Beach has also made a full recovery as seen in the numerous events hosted there this summer including their Fireworks at Dark show every Thursday night throughout the summer.
While images like the Jet Star Roller Coaster in the ocean off Seaside Heights is burned into the minds of many, the Jersey Shore is on the mend and prepared to make a full recovery. Although the devastation was huge, the state’s resiliency is even larger. A place built of sand castle and salt water taffy memories, the Jersey Shore will continue to be a place of memory making this summer and for many more to come.