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Heartbreaking pics: Devastation in Asbury Park, NJ, boardwalks wiped away in Atlantic City, Belmar
Twitchy ^ | 10/30/12

Posted on 10/31/2012 2:32:21 AM PDT by markomalley

As Twitchy reported, the Jersey Shore started getting battered by Hurricane Sandy well before the destructive storm hit land. The aftermath of the storm has resulted in utter devastation and heartbreak.

Rasmussen reports that they will have limited data available. They are based in Asbury Park, N.J.

Rasmussen Reports is Based in Asbury Park, NJ… Hit hard by Sandy…limited data release today—
Scott Rasmussen (@RasmussenPoll) October 30, 2012

And hit hard it was.

RT @JersyShoreAgent: Such a shame. All that work that Asbury Park has been doing. #SandyNJ #Sandy http://t.co/OVIMGxJJ
Hurricane Central (@twc_hurricane) October 30, 2012

@fly1887 this is Asbury Park http://t.co/ryr257es
Tim McMahon (@tmcmahon1) October 30, 2012

Ugh, you guys. Between this and the photos of Belmar, my heart is broken. @KaylaMendez13 Convention hall in asbury park http://t.co/u548IrGA
Anjelica Triola (@anjelica) October 30, 2012

The Stone Pony, which Bruce Springsteen made famous, survived and is still standing.

The Stone Pony still standing #springsteen #sandy http://t.co/CWiC26XH
Sirjames (@sirjames69) October 30, 2012

Atlantic City, N.J., and its world-famous boardwalk, is a disaster zone.

RT @time: Atlantic City, N.J. is a ghost town the day after Hurricane #Sandy hit | instagram.com/p/Ra17WxK613/ (by @edkashi)—
Mavoy Music Anthem (@MavoyOfficial) October 31, 2012

Atlantic City, The Walk #sosad #devastating 😢 http://t.co/lQfMByx1
katrindraka (@KatrinDraka) October 30, 2012

atlantic city before and after :( http://t.co/yu5OhQEK
mehek khan ? (@_whatthemehek) October 30, 2012

Apocalyptic scenes from Atlantic City by @edkashi for the @TIME @instagram account #HurricaneSandy instagram.com/p/RavzolK6_y/
Patrick Witty (@patrickwitty) October 30, 2012

Superstorm #Sandy ripped apart several blocks of the boardwalk in Atlantic City. yfrog.com/0wk1rij Photos: bit.ly/Rr9P6G
ABC7 News (@abc7newsBayArea) October 30, 2012

Atlantic City )= http://t.co/eE4Cbuuj
A (@Andeersonjunior) October 31, 2012

Like in Seaside Heights, N.J., the force of Hurricane Sandy has totally wiped blocks of the boardwalk away.

Foundations& pilings are all that remain of brick buildings & a boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J Oct. 30#hurricanesandy http://t.co/bHr64xuT
Raz Ya (@RrazMatazz) October 31, 2012

RT @ethanklapper: RT @passantino: AP transmits symbolic photo tonight from Atlantic City: http://t.co/FOsW3pql
Ryan Broderick (@ryanhatesthis) October 31, 2012

And Belmar, N.J., was badly battered. The destruction is massive.

RT @kylezalewski: @JayGlazer Take a look at belmar Boardwalk http://t.co/LsH8OTBC> really just speechless. They will all push thru together—
Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 30, 2012

The boardwalk is gone. Just gone.

There used to be a boardwalk here (Belmar, NJ) instagram.com/p/RbKnU6hXLd/
Mike Hayes (@michaelhayes) October 30, 2012

Stay strong my shore friends. Unreal for nj. Belmar. Home. Sad http://t.co/pD7BXlrk
  (@JerseyRock) October 30, 2012

I still can't believe what happened stay safe #belmar #home #missit #nj instagr.am/p/RbMDNyFkJw/
Katelyn Kraft (@katelynkraft) October 30, 2012

boats in the street – sea spray court neighborhood, on the island between avon-by-the-sea and belmar. #njsandy http://t.co/aF7hDGf3
AllAsburyPark.com (@Asbury_Park) October 30, 2012

Governor Christie expressed his heartache after surveying the damage.

Heading by helicopter to the Jersey Shore to assess the damage. From early reports, it appears to be unthinkable. #Sandy
Governor Christie (@GovChristie) October 30, 2012

The Jersey Shore of my youth is gone. #Sandy.—
Governor Christie (@GovChristie) October 30, 2012

The rides I took my kids on this summer are in the Atlantic Ocean. #Sandy
Governor Christie (@GovChristie) October 30, 2012

There are homes off their foundations sitting in the middle of Rt. 35. #Sandy
Governor Christie (@GovChristie) October 30, 2012

It was an emotionally overwhelming afternoon for me as a son of this state. #Sandy
Governor Christie (@GovChristie) October 30, 2012

Photos from his helicopter tour were tweeted.

Dramatic photos from @GovChristie helicopter tour over the shore today. Here's Belmar, NJ http://t.co/DDFp4LB6
heather haddon (@heatherhaddon) October 30, 2012

House in the street. RT"@heatherhaddon: One more from @GovChristie #Belmar #sandy http://t.co/UgFSSL0R"—
inesfdezcanas (@inextate) October 30, 2012

There used to be a street there leading to my sisters house in Belmar instagr.am/p/RbIWEps8aK/
Edward L. Galante II (@ELGii22) October 30, 2012

Whats left of #belmar boardwalk..Im standing where that structure used to be..we will rebuild stronger than ever #sandy http://t.co/KCyWjcT2
Raafe (@raafe316) October 30, 2012

Yes, you will. And Governor Christie is vowing the same.

We will rebuild the Shore. It may not be the same, but we will rebuild. #Sandy
Governor Christie (@GovChristie) October 30, 2012

You will rebuild, New Jersey. Stay strong, together. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you all.


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1 posted on 10/31/2012 2:32:26 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Something tells me it will all be rebuilt - much “better” than ever - things like this are always a boon to gentrification projects and enhanced commercialism.


2 posted on 10/31/2012 2:47:04 AM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.u)
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To: markomalley
My Step Daughter and Grandson are in Belmar. They left to stay with her mother during the storm. Came back today and her condo parking lot was full of boats! Her condo was damaged by flooding but not horribly bad. She had put all her furniture up on Sandbags! So mainly it is the flooring that was damaged.

But they can't move back in, until the all that is repaired!

3 posted on 10/31/2012 2:49:12 AM PDT by Repub4bush (GOPBRIEFINGROOM.COM the pragmatic site for discussion! We love FR but not the nutcases!)
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To: markomalley

Most of those pictures don’t really look that bad. Lots of sand and some buildings damaged or destroyed. It looks like most homes on the water are still there.

Fires seem to have done most of the really severe damage.


4 posted on 10/31/2012 2:54:49 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: markomalley

Prayers up.


5 posted on 10/31/2012 3:05:13 AM PDT by bayliving (I suffer from democrat induced tourette syndrome...)
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To: markomalley

The worst part in Atlantic City is that when you lose your houses and hotels, you only get half of the value for them.


6 posted on 10/31/2012 3:06:55 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: markomalley
wait until you see Sea Bright, NJ ... Donovan's Reef is just a slab ... beach clubs driven to the river

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7 posted on 10/31/2012 3:10:50 AM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: markomalley

I wonder how many of the buildings that remain standing are going to end up being declared a total loss because of water damage. Probably a significant number.


8 posted on 10/31/2012 3:14:57 AM PDT by Nickname
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To: atc23

Part of me wonders whether they ever should rebuild some of these areas. New Jersey has a number of developed places where you couldn’t build anything under today’s restrictions related to flood plains.


9 posted on 10/31/2012 3:15:15 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: Alberta's Child

Code in Florida requires homes built to withstand 120 mph winds. Not much you can do to avoid water damage except to elevate the home.


10 posted on 10/31/2012 3:18:43 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Alberta's Child
Part of me wonders whether they ever should rebuild some of these areas.

That question was asked often about parts of New Orleans after Katrina.

11 posted on 10/31/2012 3:20:42 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: markomalley

Looks a lot like Detroit.


12 posted on 10/31/2012 3:26:13 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: atc23

Something tells me it will all be rebuilt - much “better” than ever - things like this are always a boon to gentrification projects and enhanced commercialism.


Yep. Two things that shaped my attitude about this storm are,

1. Since I’ve moved to KY we’ve had some serious storms here. Two of the large buildings I pass every day on my way to work were on one side of the freeway when I went to work, and were “mostly” on the other side of the freeway when I went home.

2. Two days ago I watched a History Channel documentary about the 1938 nor’easter.

What made this storm so impressive was simply how many people it affected. But I don’t see it that way. I don’t see the human race as numbers. I see it as individuals. A tragic death in one family is just as bad as a tragic death in a hundred families.


13 posted on 10/31/2012 3:30:06 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: markomalley

I think in some of those areas you need a “before” and “after” picture to figure out if the hurricane actually did any of the damage.


14 posted on 10/31/2012 3:56:38 AM PDT by BobL (You can live each day only once. You can waste a few, but don't waste too many.)
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To: abb
When the Mississippi River flooded in its historic 1990’s jump out, whole towns were advised to move higher. Few if any took the advice.

We are drawn to water like moths to light. Commerce and recreation trumps the nature tax which is extracted every hundred years or so.

And how do you explain Mt. Vesuvius on the Mediterranean Sea?

Humans have been taking calculated risks for eons, but nothing explains the Smart Car and the Segway Scooter but shear folly.

15 posted on 10/31/2012 3:59:54 AM PDT by urbanpovertylawcenter (where the law and poverty collide in an urban setting and sparks fly)
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To: markomalley
As a correction, this is *not* the Asbury Park convention hall.

It's a derelict building that really doesn't look much worse than the last time I was there in 1981.

16 posted on 10/31/2012 4:03:47 AM PDT by Salamander (Billion dollar baby....rubber little monster, baby I adore ya.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

And unless NJ passes emergency legislation, I suspect the real estate taxes and other taxes will remain the same, as if they were ongoing businesses(?) NJ taxes might finish what the storm started.


17 posted on 10/31/2012 4:24:10 AM PDT by Jacquerie (Exterminate rats.)
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To: markomalley

Thanks Mark!


18 posted on 10/31/2012 4:25:28 AM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell God how big your storm is... tell your storm how BIG your God is!)
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To: Salamander

I think some of these pics are feeding us a line of bull. Some of them. Wasn’t it Rahm Emmanuel who said “Never let a good crisis go to waste”?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yeA_kHHLow


19 posted on 10/31/2012 4:31:04 AM PDT by Puddleglum (The road to the White House goes through Benghazi.)
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To: Alberta's Child

what is stupid is the govmint is gonna pay these people to rebuild on the same spot.

And peeples don’t understand the prob with dat.


20 posted on 10/31/2012 4:58:56 AM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (campaigning for local conservatives)
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To: markomalley

Unbelivable. My family is an old time Belmar family, this is where I grew up. My grandparents owned a small dinner next to the elementary school, long gone now. Belmar was a great place to live in the late 60s/70s. Graduated from Belmar elem school in 1972 then Manasquan HS class 1976. As a kid, I fished for snappers and blowfish with half of the kids in town in the marina, great memories. And the beach, such fun.

I have 3 sisters and 2 brothers, none of us live in Belmar anymore, it’s just too expensive there. I’m courious to know how our old house in 13th ave made out.


21 posted on 10/31/2012 5:02:26 AM PDT by fatboy (This protestant will have no part in the ecumenical movement)
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To: atc23

“things like this are always a boon to gentrification projects and enhanced commercialism.”

You need a gentry to support gentrification, and you need return on investment to support commercialism.


22 posted on 10/31/2012 5:10:03 AM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: Jacquerie

“NJ taxes might finish what the storm started.”

I suspect that is why the federal spigot will be opened - so that the tax base won’t be devastated.

I think it would be an instructive exercise to hold everybody who hopes to rebuild to the letter of every law and regulation NJ has - and when they realize it’s impossible, get rid of it for everybody, not just those who wish to rebuild.


23 posted on 10/31/2012 5:14:25 AM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: markomalley
What a bunch of drama queens. This and much worse happens along the gulf coast every year. Would this be such a big deal if it happened to Mobile Alabama or Pascagoula Mississippi? No. The media is just excited because it happened in their back yard.
24 posted on 10/31/2012 5:15:09 AM PDT by BO Stinkss
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To: markomalley

Wow. I’ve never been there—but that is devastating damage. Very sad. I hope they can regroup in some manner before the next tourist season.

As someone else said—let’s get Springsteen on the case! :) I couldn’t stand him with Obama—but I’ll bet he can raise some money. Jon Bon Jovi, as well. At the moment, I can’t think of other NJ musical artists, but maybe they can all get together for some sort of benefit concert. Not everything has to be done by the federal government; Americans are generous.


25 posted on 10/31/2012 5:23:31 AM PDT by proud American in Canada (Pray for America. She is the world's last best hope for freedom.)
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To: Salamander
It's a derelict building that really doesn't look much worse than the last time I was there in 1981.

Here are a couple of photos of Asbury Park taken in June 2006. I don't believe Springsteen has since or ever put his money where his mouth "was".



26 posted on 10/31/2012 5:58:55 AM PDT by arasina (Communism is EVIL. So there.)
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To: BobL
"I think in some of those areas you need a “before” and “after” picture to figure out if the hurricane actually did any of the damage."

Umm, yeah. The front of the Stone Pony hasn't looked that clean in years...Maybe Bruuuce can do something useful now like a benefit...

27 posted on 10/31/2012 6:15:30 AM PDT by StAnDeliver (2008 + IN, NE1, NC, FL, VA, OH, CO, IA, NH = 285EV)
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To: markomalley

The pictures of the pilings in Atlantic City where they boardwalk used to be are shocking but not telling the full story. There is a small portion of boardwalk at the end that was especially exposed and that’s now gone. But that’s also a part that is really no very often used. The main portion, where the casinos and the shops are, is still intact.


28 posted on 10/31/2012 7:44:02 AM PDT by pepsi_junkie (Who is John Galt?)
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To: abb

Everytime I read one of these stories about shorelines being destroyed all I can think of is this song by Neil Diamond:

There was a flood and many poor men were killed.
And that is why our house is built on the top of a hill.
The plains are like a friend, why can’t we live on them?
And if a flood should come, why can’t we run?
I am the lion, bellowing out in the night


29 posted on 10/31/2012 7:53:53 AM PDT by heylady (“Sometimes I wish I could be a Democrat and then I remember I have a soul.”( Deb))
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To: arasina

No, he has not.

I hate to admit it but I used to hang out in AP because of Springsteen.

Every chance I got, I’d go spend a few days just slumming around the oh-so-melodramatic/romantic *ghost town*.

For a long time, NY homosexuals have been quietly populating it.

[google ‘gay Asbury park’]

The last time I was there, Madam Marie’s decrepit shack was still on the boardwalk.

Apparently she’s upgraded to a new store front.

The last time I was there Park Place had “mysteriously burned down” and ‘family’ had bought up a lot of the property but development was stalled.

There were a lot of incredible bar bands up there and I loved going.

The Palace was in ruins and has since been torn down but there was a fund drive to save “Tillie”.

But it’s ghost town now and probably always will be.

http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/nj/asburypark.html

Which bizarrely, has made it a destination spot for weirdos like me, apparently...:)

http://travel.usatoday.com/destinations/2010-08-17-asbury-park-bruce-springsteen_N.htm


30 posted on 10/31/2012 7:59:30 AM PDT by Salamander (Billion dollar baby....rubber little monster, baby I adore ya.)
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To: Puddleglum

Well it’s not going to do 0 any political good if things aren’t quite as bad as he wants them to seem, now is it?

:-\


31 posted on 10/31/2012 8:01:33 AM PDT by Salamander (Billion dollar baby....rubber little monster, baby I adore ya.)
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To: heylady

Jimi Hendrix/Castles Made Of Sand

Jesus/ And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand.

I never understood why people built anything near the ocean.

Then again, I’m a hillbilly and not much for flatland, in general.


32 posted on 10/31/2012 8:17:27 AM PDT by Salamander (Billion dollar baby....rubber little monster, baby I adore ya.)
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To: Elle Bee
Wow. I hadn't heard that about Sea Bright. All those massive homes where Trade Winds used to be must also be gone. I saw pictures of Monmouth Beach Club, and although they sustained serious damage, the building was still standing. Did you hear if the Sea Bright Beach Club was destroyed? There's a lot of history there, and it would be a shame to lose it. My family used to go to the old Peninsula House but ended up at Surfrider when they tore it down. Looking back it's kind of weird having grown up in an environment where so much depended on which beach club you “belonged” to. Still, I loved Sea Bright and that old town beachy feel it had. I hate hearing it is no longer what it was.
33 posted on 10/31/2012 8:25:47 AM PDT by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: markomalley

Grew up on the jersey shore and Asbury Park was always “Newark by the Sea.” I hear it’s changed, but I’d have to see it to believe it. Spent my summers in Spring Lake, so I hate seeing those beaches and the boardwalk in shambles. Loved Belmar in the summer. I suppose as long as DJais is still there that Belmar will continue being Belmar. There was no place like the shore back in the late 70’s and 80’s.


34 posted on 10/31/2012 8:35:16 AM PDT by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: Mase
... Donovan's Reef is the tragedy ... ha

I'm waiting for pictures from friends ... I lived there for a decade or so

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35 posted on 10/31/2012 1:15:48 PM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: Mase
Frank LoBiondo’s Surfrider – Sea Bright, NJ

I can remember the night the Peninsula house burned down

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36 posted on 10/31/2012 2:56:52 PM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: Mase
this structure/part of the beach club was on the sea wall now it’s on Route 36

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37 posted on 10/31/2012 3:03:05 PM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: Alberta's Child

Any one that builds in a designated flood plain deserved what they get....in the old days (i am old) you checked with the township hall before buying land to see if it was a flood plain...they call it that for a reason...

One of my son’s picked a beautiful piece of land to build a home...told him to check.....yep, flood plain, thats why it was vacant...


38 posted on 10/31/2012 3:32:40 PM PDT by goat granny (.)
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To: markomalley

“Sandy, the fireworks are hailing over Little Egypt tonight.”


39 posted on 10/31/2012 3:40:44 PM PDT by rabidralph (I passed Tagline training on the third try. Ask me how!)
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To: BO Stinkss

The growing season down south is much longer and you can replace the plants in a summer or two; longer for trees of course. This is not so in the north. It will take awhile before the trees in the direct path are tall again.

Apple Blossom


40 posted on 10/31/2012 4:33:04 PM PDT by bmwcyle (45% to 47% of American voters are stupid)
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To: Elle Bee
Friend from Rumson sent me a video she made from across the river since no one is being allowed in town. The amount of damage in mind-boggling. There's nothing left on the ocean side that's identifiable. Apparently, there's nothing left of Donovan's Reef. I spent a lot of nights out on the deck there drinking beer and playing darts. It's clear from the video that most of the old town will have to be razed. Who knows if and when the beach clubs will be back.

I lived across from Driftwood Beach Club after high school and got to know the Sea Bright bar seen well. Moved down to Spring Lake and Belmar later for a change of pace. CNN was reporting from Belmar tonight. Couldn't believe what they were showing. I'm sick about it.

41 posted on 10/31/2012 7:53:20 PM PDT by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: Elle Bee
I think one of those used to be our cabana. :^) Surfrider had the best break in Sea Bright, and if you didn't want to go to North End, this was where you surfed. Wish I could remember the rest of the clubs that were there back then. I think many of them were gone before the storm. I'll bet the water is a lot cleaner today then it was back then.

It's amazing that the structure made it all the way to 36. Dear Lord, that must have been one massive tidal surge.

42 posted on 10/31/2012 8:04:39 PM PDT by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: Mase
they’ve declared Marshall Law in Sea Bright but they’ve already taken the door off the safe at Donovan’s Reef

VIDEO: Hurricane Sandy Sea Bright

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43 posted on 11/03/2012 8:28:09 PM PDT by Elle Bee
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