Sandy-Affected Areas Feeling Impact Of Gloomy Holiday Weekend
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Shore communities all across the Tri-State Area were hoping for one last boost before the unofficial end of summer on Labor Day, but Mother Nature wasn’t cooperating.
As CBS 2’s Elise Finch forecast, Sunday will see scattered showers across the region. There’s a better chance for a washout on Monday – Labor Day – she forecast.
The overcast conditions caused a gloomy end of the summer for businesses that rely on the warm weather months to turn a profit.
As CBS 2’s Amy Dardashtian reported from Coney Island, business owners were hoping visitors would still come out despite the chance of rain.
When beaches along the Jersey Shore opened, a sense of normalcy returned to the superstorm Sandy-devastated area, Dardashtian reported.
“It’s back pretty good today I think as you can see,” one Jersey Shore beachgoer said on Saturday.
But for proud residents and for businesses trying to soak up income, summer seemed way too short this year.
“We were lucky if we filled up the lot. Business wasnt that good this year,” a Brick resident said.
A community that has proven stronger than the storm now has to weather a not so sunny Labor Day.
“Get in their last licks and enjoy what was and hopefully by next year, everything will be back to 100 percent,” Brick resident Elizabeth Kearns said.
The gloomy conditions are an appropriate bookend to what’s otherwise been a hot summer. Memorial Day also saw windy, rainy weather.
In Queens, Rockaway Beach is still struggling.
Workers there have been dumping sand along eroded sections that are closed this weekend.
“The week prior leading up to Labor Day, it’s not the greatest idea to start working on the beaches,” resident Andy Kohlbrenner said.
Beach 110th Street to Beach 130th Street are closed to sunbathers for the beach replenishment project.
Some said the timing on what could be the last day of summer is disappointing.
“You expect that this weekend, everyone’s off, you go, you enjoy the beach. It’s horrible. It’s horrible,” Coney Island resident Malva Fidler told Dardashtian.
Officials said they’re replenishing Rockaway Beach now so that the project can be complete before the peak of hurricane season.
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