Hurricane Sandy ripped through the east coast on October 29, destroying not only Seaside Heights but ravaging other small towns and beaches that make up what we call the Jersey Shore. In addition to Seaside’s famous boardwalk collapsing and laying in a delicate state, many homes and establishments in Seaside, Atlantic City, Ortley Beach, Belmar, and Long Beach Island (only to name a few) now lay in piles of wood and broken foundations due to mass flooding and wind gusts as high as 89 miles per hour.
So what’s next?
We make our hardest attempts to rebuild. Being avid supporters of the shore, MTV ran a telethon titled Restore the Shore in an effort to collect donations, starting at $10, to reconstruct Seaside’s boardwalk. Other beaches along the coast such as Belmar are in plans to be rebuilt using governmental funds. Thanks to State Senator Michael Doherty, they will be open free to the public. And Long Beach Island, still without heat and electricity is struggling as hard as the rest. They are in a boil water advisory due to a gas main break that is still under discussion as to how it will be repaired and how long it is going to take.
When will our state return to its usual normality? Only time will tell. But after this disaster, time has no more room left to disappoint us.