At the 6 month anniversary of Sandy's devastation, in Asbury Park New Jersey in April 2013, MSNBC's Morning Joe Show visited the areas hit hardest by Sandy's wrath. Asbury Park, true to its indomitable spirit, already made a real come back and was already the must visit spot it always was, even at this early date. The Jersey Shore got hit hard, but like Bruce sings it, is "Risin". Locals and long time visitors who took spring drives along Ocean Avenue as ealy as the six month mark to see which beaches and boardwalks were surprised to see that the town was going to be ready for their fun in the sun in the summer of 2013. And it was a summer to remember; so many people were hard hit but the Jersey Strong have come back big time, helping their neighbors, supporting local businesses and doing what Jersey does best- rock on!
On April 29, 2013, TV host Joe Scarborough sought to find out what the Jersey Shore was doing to rebuild and revitalize their storm torn towns. Everyone was surprised to see the progress made on the boardwalks, and of course, all of the traditional Jersey Shore businesses doing their best to be back on track when the warm weather (and the crowds) returned. Governor Chris Christie showed up, along with a lot of other big wigs who want to promote the Shore.
Many of the businesses were ready for the crowds, but were the crowds ready for them? Many Jersey Shore businesses were afraid out of towners will not know what to expect and therefore avoid coming to visit for fear of restaurants and businesses were still closed. "We are well into the recovery phase from Hurricane Sandy and the great majority of our retailers are open and back in business," said Robert Hilton, Executive Director of the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitor's Bureau. "Getting the word out to the public that the Jersey Shore is open is key to helping our Shore businesses recover financially."
To do this, the Bureau set up a website, as part of the "Jersey Shore is Open for Business" campaign, developed and designed with the New Jersey Restaurant Association and New Jersey Retail Merchants Association.
Asbury Park New Jersey's restaurants, bars and snack stands, and of course the landmark clubs, (the Stone Pony was barely touched!) slowly but surely opened back up, and now Asbury is already back completely, and better than ever! Convention Hall has beautiful new ceilings and a shiny new floor, and most of the great
shops on Cookman Avenue are once again welcoming visitors with open arms. The southern boardwalk area opened totally by mid-May 2013, and the beach and boardwalk opened a week early in 2013, on May 18, 2013. The sand never left (just got rearranged) and the boardwalk is back, so come visit and help make sure the Jersey Shore is open for business.
© 2016 to-the-beaches.com All Rights Reserved