Summer After Sandy
In this week’s Summer After Sandy report, we have a look at a Long Island shoreline village that learned a big lesson from a storm over two decades ago.
One of only two main roadways leading to the tiny community was washed out by superstorm Sandy and business owners really suffered.
Seventy-five percent of the restaurants and other businesses on the mile-long stretch of food and fun are back, according to Chamber of Commerce president Charles Hirschberg.
Toms River has lost 20 to 25 percent of its tax base and 400 homes are being demolished. 4,000 homes were damaged.
Declaring the Jersey shore officially open for the summer, Gov. Chris Christie cut a 5-mile long ribbon Friday symbolically linking some of the shore towns that were hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy.
The boardwalk is back – rebuilt and alive. Arcades are humming. The aquarium is open. Rides are also open.
In the second installment of WCBS 880’s weekly series “Summer After Sandy,” reporter Sean Adams visited Belmar as it continues to rebuild after the superstorm.
WCBS 880 is starting a new weekly series leading to Memorial Day and the summer, focusing on how Jersey Shore towns are working to come back from superstorm Sandy.