Belmar, NEW JERSEY (PIX11) — Despite extensive damage from Superstorm Sandy, Governor Chris Christie and other elected officials wanted the public to know Jersey Shore beaches were in fact open and for the ones who are not yet, they will be by Memorial Day weekend.
However, just down the street from Christie’s Belmar boardwalk ribbon cutting event were construction workers, still visibly painting and hammering. The boardwalk may be open, but life is far from back to normal.
The rush to open up boardwalks and beaches can be seen in New Jersey and New York and all in time for the unofficial start to the summer, Memorial Day weekend.
In Long Beach, New York, beaches were open but there is still a long road ahead when it comes to the boardwalk. There was also a festive re-opening of Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs flagship Coney Island location on Wednesday, but there are still many other nearby businesses and residents still trying to get back on their feet after Sandy.
And then there’s Staten Island’s Cedar Grove Beach where we found the city’s parks department workers at it around the clock. their goal? To open this popular local beach by Saturday.
In New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie said he acknowledged there was still a long road to recovery, but he also added he doesn’t believe in ignoring progress, big or small.