Jersey Shore communities issued a dire progress report on the last weekend of the summer. Some towns announced that they had lost millions of dollars in beach revenue in 2013 despite a massive summer ad campaign.
It’s another trip down the Jersey shore for Governor Chris Christie — but it’s not a vacation.
Toms River has lost 20 to 25 percent of its tax base and 400 homes are being demolished. 4,000 homes were damaged.
The storm surge that decimated much of the Jersey Shore created about 60 holes in Ortley Beach. The holes were formed when water got under the sand beneath the homes.
Toms River residents want to protect their dunes, despite the town’s efforts to rebuild by stripping homeowners of part of their property.
Members of the state Assembly took a bus tour on Thursday, checking out the recovery effort and surveying some of the devastation that remains.
More than 100 Ortley Beach residents started lining up in the middle of the night at a Toms River shopping center to board buses that would take them home for the first time since Sandy struck.
Some Jersey Shore residents did not heed mandatory evacuation warnings, and chose to ride out Superstorm Sandy instead.
Two weeks later, it remained shocking to view the devastation wrought by Superstorm Sandy in many Jersey Shore communities.
Mayor Bill Akers said the town will be open until 3 p.m. for residents to assess damage and retrieve property.