Well the good report is the check point is discontinued and the town is open. However all beaches and boardwalks are closed. I was able to get the gas and water turned back in at my house. My home suffered minimal damage and after touring the surrounding towns I realize How fortunate I am. We missed having are house flooded by 3 inches
The town is pretty busy during the day, many houses are rebuilding and many are sitting empty and gutted. At nite after the curfew it’s very unnerving. There is a silence I have never heard before. During the day I walk around the town and visited friends and family and pitched in with drywall work for most of the mornings. People’s belongings are piled in front of there houses many items still soaking wet. About 90% of the people I talked to gutted there houses and are now waiting to move forward once they receive insurance money. The residents seem very positive ready to move past this. The board walk is probably the hardest to see in person. It’s completely destroyed. Everyone has seen the pictures online but it’s still shocking in person. I stood in front of fun town pier in disbelief. I have great memories of taking my children on the rides. Even at times I complained about the crowds I really miss it. 7-11 is set to reopen on the 23 and will get many back to the feeling of normalcy with morning coffee routine. Grumpys bait and tackle is open for business regardless of the lack of accessible fishing. The b,and b is gutted , Surf taco and the right coast surf shop are not open but seem to be doing some work. Betty and nicks has a four foot pile of debris piled in front of the shop. And looks to be gutted down to the concrete block walls. The police seem to have people pulled over at every corner, so do the speed limit. The town has not lost its spirit despite the events house have words of hope and encouragement written on them. But people ate still walking and jogging bay avenue. Seen some surfers in wet suits up by island beach motor lodge. The entrance to IBSP is blocked by to rangers full time. It’s good to get back in the town but it just feels like a very different place. Scars and bruises of the storm are everywhere. And every conversation starts with before Sandy or after Sandy…… Her thumb print will be there for along time to come to come.