RIDGEFIELD, N.J.(CBSNewYork) — No matter the weather, Jersey Shore beaches are expected to be packed over the holiday weekend.
As CBS 2’s Janelle Burrell reported, on the New Jersey Turnpike, the getaway was already underway early Saturday morning.
The boardwalk in Seaside Heights made a comeback for the season after it was destroyed by a fire in 2013.
“I think it’s impressive they were able to bounce back so quickly,” Christine Carty said.
The boardwalk has been rebuilt and owners were eagerly awaiting the crowds.
“We’re ready. We did whatever we had to do to get open for the season,” John Sundermann said.
“It’s a simple formula. If you don’t open your doors you can’t make money, and you can’t pay your bills at the end of the month,” Seaside Heights mayor Bill Akers said.
Getting to your Memorial Day Weekend destination may not be easy.
“Eighty-eight percent of those traveling over the Memorial Day weekend will be driving,” AAA spokesman Robert Sinclair explained.
Along with sunscreen travelers are advised to pack some extra travel time and some patience.
Early arrivals to the shore insisted that there is no better way to kick off the summer season.
“It’s nice to be back. It’s nice to be back,” Richard Johansen said.
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