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6 Months After Superstorm Sandy, Signs Of Progress But More To Be Done (page 4)

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Superstorm Sandy

A FIGHT TO REVIVE THE JERSEY SHORE

Back on the Jersey Shore, the town of Sea Bright has been rebuilding. On the beach, and in the tiny, tight-knit community, it has been a struggle for residents.

“It is depressing, but you can see progress being made,” said homeowner Maryana Robertson. “You can see light at the end of the tunnel.”

Robertson just moved back into her home on Church Street, sitting on the porch. It was a luxury after living in a rental.

“Just to be in your own bed, your own pillow” is a relief, she said.

Robertson was one of the lucky ones, CBS 2’s Christine Sloan reported. Her foundation is intact, even though 4 feet of water destroyed the interior of her home.

It has taken months to renovate, but she is in better shape than many of her neighbors, who have seen their homes condemned.

Half of the 1,800 residents of Sea Bright have not been able to move back in, including borough Mayor Dina Long, whose house was damaged.

“We are still wrestling without insurers — myself included — so we can get a settlement and start rebuilding our homes,” Long said.

But the mayor said the town will be open for business this Memorial Day Weekend.

Meanwhile in Sandy Hook, crews have rebuilt the dunes and volunteers are digging out sand from the bathrooms and concessions.

“People interested in giving us a hand, they were coming on Saturdays. We were working with them on projects and they did an amazing job,” unit coordinator Pete McCarthy with the National Park Service told WCBS 880’s Sean Adams.

He said Sandy leveled the dunes and buried the parking lots and main road under drifts of sand four to six feet deep.

“It was like driving through the Sahara Desert,” he said.

McCarthy said he hopes to see the public back at Sandy Hook on Wednesday.

“They’ll be access to all of the parking lots at Sandy Hook except for Area F, which is the fishing beach, which, unfortunately, was completely washed out. We’ll have temporary facilities to begin and we’re hoping to have the facilities open at Areas B, G, and North Beach by Memorial Day weekend,” he said.

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