Hurricane Sandy Destroys Long Beach Island

HERE I AM STANDING ON THE BEACH IN SHIP BOTTOM, LONG BEACH ISLAND DAYS BEFORE HURRICANE SANDY DESTROYED THE ISLAND
HERE I AM STANDING ON THE BEACH IN SHIP BOTTOM, LONG BEACH ISLAND DAYS BEFORE HURRICANE SANDY DESTROYED THE ISLAND | Source

Writing this hub hurts a little, but I need to vent and let out my feelings and show some photos of the devastation to the Island I grew up on and the Island that is only a few miles from my home.

Long Beach Island and all the barrier Islands along the coast of New Jersey will never look the same. Hurricane Sandy destroys Long Beach Island and so many other barrier Islands along the Eastern Seaboard.

The Atlantic Ocean has swallowed up not only material things such as homes and personal belongings, but our beautiful sandy beaches that New Jersey is so well known for.

It really saddens me to have to write is hub simply because Long Beach Island was the Island I grew up on ever since I was a young child. The memories I have will never go away, but Hurricane Sandy took the Island by storm and had no regrets of the destruction and devastation it caused to Long Beach Island and all the other barrier Islands from the South and up through the North of our once beautiful Coast line.

Where I am standing on the beautiful beach of Ship Bottom was only days before that same beach was washed out to sea.

Over the summer the Government spent millions of dollars to refurbish all the beaches South of Ship Bottom. The sand was pumped from the Ocean 5 miles off the coast. What they did was a sure thing that no waves would breach that wall of sand, but Hurricane Sandy proved us wrong.

Many residents were against the beach restoration do to the fact it would block some of their Ocean views. Well it did go through and the beaches were beautiful, but not enough to stop Hurricane Sandy from washing all that work right back to sea where it came from only months before.


MY BOAT DOCKED AT MY SISTERS HOUSE ONLY DAYS BEFORE.  SO PEACEFUL AND CALM. THE DOCK PLATFORM TO THE RIGHT IS NOW IN MY SISTERS BACK YARD.
MY BOAT DOCKED AT MY SISTERS HOUSE ONLY DAYS BEFORE. SO PEACEFUL AND CALM. THE DOCK PLATFORM TO THE RIGHT IS NOW IN MY SISTERS BACK YARD.
LBI DAYS BEFORE HURRICANE SANDY. NOW IT IS ALL GONE. NO DUNES AND COMPLETELY FLAT.
LBI DAYS BEFORE HURRICANE SANDY. NOW IT IS ALL GONE. NO DUNES AND COMPLETELY FLAT.

LONG BEACH ISLAND

THIS PHOTO IS SOUTH OF LONG BEACH ISLAND IN ATLANTIC CITY. BOARDWALKS TOTALLY WASHED OUT TO SEA.
THIS PHOTO IS SOUTH OF LONG BEACH ISLAND IN ATLANTIC CITY. BOARDWALKS TOTALLY WASHED OUT TO SEA. | Source

LBI - HOLGATE NEW JERSEY

REGARDING ABOVE VIDEO

Holgate on Long Beach Island is the most Southern end of the Island, and is where the Beach Haven Inlet is that separates Atlantic City (top video) and Long Beach Island.

The video show the devastation Hurricane Sandy did. The sand that covers all road and every bit of property is feet deep.

The homes that you see here on the Ocean front had up hill driveways to each front of the homes. The beach sand was basically up to the bottom of the homes (Dunes) in which the homes pilings could not been seen. As you see there is not one dune and the land is completely flat even with the Ocean water pretty much. The dunes were so high that some people complained that the dunes were blocking their view of the Ocean and now look, every grain of sand is gone.

As I am pulling up these videos for this hub, I can't believe what I am seeing. I will be going over the Long Beach Island in a few days or possibly a week, whenever they open the bridge up for all the homeowners to return to the devastation that Hurricane Sandy did.

My sister owns a house on the Island in Ship Bottom right on the bay, but every house is now right on the bay, sad to say.

All gas and electric is off on the Island for safety reasons, but I also heard the electric maybe restored over this weekend. As you saw in the one video of Holgate, millions of tons of sand must be removed to even be able to drive a car to get to their homes.

Living at the New Jersey Shore will never be the same, but we will all rebuild and rebuild Long Beach Island even better than before.

AERIAL VIEW OF LONG BEACH ISLAND THE MORNING AFTER HURRICANE SANDY - COMPLETE DEVASTATION - ENTIRE ISLAND UNDER WATER

BEACH HAVEN WEST. THIS IS JUST BEFORE GOING OVER THE BRIDGE TO LONG BEACH ISLAND
BEACH HAVEN WEST. THIS IS JUST BEFORE GOING OVER THE BRIDGE TO LONG BEACH ISLAND | Source
THIS IS RIGHT UP THE ROAD FROM MY HOME
THIS IS RIGHT UP THE ROAD FROM MY HOME

CEDAR RUN - DOCK ROAD

HERE SAT THE CUTEST LITTLE BLUE HOUSE THAT S NO MORE. I WOULD GO BY THIS HOME ALMOST EVERYDAY AND WHEN  I WENT DOWN ROAD TO SEE THE DAMAGE I COULDN'T BELIEVE MY EYES THE HOUSE WAS TOTALLY GONE. SO SAD!
HERE SAT THE CUTEST LITTLE BLUE HOUSE THAT S NO MORE. I WOULD GO BY THIS HOME ALMOST EVERYDAY AND WHEN I WENT DOWN ROAD TO SEE THE DAMAGE I COULDN'T BELIEVE MY EYES THE HOUSE WAS TOTALLY GONE. SO SAD! | Source

RESTORATION OF THE BEACHES DURING THE SUMMER.

THIS WAS THE HEIGHT OF THE BEACH BEFORE SANDY TOOK IT AWAY.
THIS WAS THE HEIGHT OF THE BEACH BEFORE SANDY TOOK IT AWAY.
MY WIFE AND I ALWAYS SAT HERE AND SAID TO OURSELVES, THIS IS THE LIFE. SUCH A BEAUTIFUL SITE AND NOW IT IS ALL GONE.
MY WIFE AND I ALWAYS SAT HERE AND SAID TO OURSELVES, THIS IS THE LIFE. SUCH A BEAUTIFUL SITE AND NOW IT IS ALL GONE. | Source

ALL OF THOSE DUNES ARE COMPLETELY GONE AND FLAT

A VIEW FROM A HOTEL WE RENTED LAST YEAR ON LONG BEACH ISLAND - SHIP BOTTOM
A VIEW FROM A HOTEL WE RENTED LAST YEAR ON LONG BEACH ISLAND - SHIP BOTTOM | Source
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WE WILL REBUILD BIGGER AND BETTER

WE WILL REBUILD THESE DUNES TO LOOK LIKE THIS ONCE AGAIN.
WE WILL REBUILD THESE DUNES TO LOOK LIKE THIS ONCE AGAIN. | Source

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Wow Mark. I felt your pain and sadness. It's tragic the amount of damage Sandy caused. Living in Florida I've witnessed a lot of hurricane destruction, but on the bright side we always prevailed. Wishing you the best of luck in bouncing back.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I have been tracking your posts on the storm, Mark. I am shocked at the devastation. Holgate looks like a dessert town. When Wilma passed through in 2005 has high Cat 1, it was destructive, but not like Sandy. My heart goes out to you and pray that all things will pass and become a wonderful place to live in time.


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Unbelievable, Every person that denies Global warming should take a good look at this Mark.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

teaches12345- Thank you so much my friend for your concern, support and such touching words. We will all here at Long Beach Island and the surrounding areas near LBI that were devastated by Sandy will rebuild and make these places we call home better than ever. It is amazing how people come to be so close after something so horrible happen. I just wish it wouldn't take a catastrophic event to be close to all.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Mark,

I was born in New Jersey and lived there through my college years. I've been to Long Beach Island and am familiar with the area in your photographs. It sickens me to view the "after" photographs. I feel your pain and your anguish. I'm so sorry this happened.

My sister moved to Whiting (50 miles from Atlantic City) a few weeks ago. She and her husband are OK.

My brother is without electricity in Bridgewater. His summer home is on Ocean Avenue in Point Pleasant Beach. He can't get to the area to assess the damage...or see if his house is still there.

I know from reading your articles that you're a very strong person. It won't be easy, but I know you'll get through this with flying colors. My thoughts are with you and everyone in my home state.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

TO ALL THAT HAVE COMMENTED ON THIS HUB, I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE, FRIENDSHIP, SUPPORT AND CONCERN, NOT ONLY FOR MYSELF, BUT EVERYONE THAT HAS HAD A LOSS UP AND DOWN THE EASTERN COAST. MY PRAYERS ARE ALSO GOING OUT TO EVERYONE THAT HAS BEEN EFFECTED BY THIS DISASTER.

GOD BLESS EVERYONE!!


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Sunshine625- Thank you so much for your comment. I can't imagine the hurricanes you have been in living in Florida, but know it seems over the last couple of years that the East Coast of the shore area is getting those storms.

God Bless and thanks again. Now they are saying a Nor eastern storm is heading to the Jersey coast this week coming, I hope they are wrong, because there are no dunes to protect anything now.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Curiad - Thanks my friend for reading and your comment. yes you are so right. Something is happening and it isn't looking good at all.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Daisy- Thanks so much for your comment and concern. I am so happy your sister and husband are Okay, but so sorry for what your brother is going through. He will be fine I am sure. I truly believe when something of this nature happens it really makes all of us stronger people and bring people closer to each other like never before. God Bless you and don't worry, everything will turn out just fine in the end.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Oh my gosh, this is so sad, Mark! I can feel your pain! I am speechless!


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

MartieCoetser- Hello Martie and thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers. We will all be okay. It will just take some time.


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

The images of Long Beach Island before the hurricane are stunning! Sandy has brought its share of calamity and devastation in NYC and New Jersey, but at least one thing is for sure. Calamities like these bring people closer together. Nice boat by the way. thanks for sharing!


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

lovedoctor926- Thank you for your comment and you are right. Things like this do make people become closer and learn to care about each other more than before. It' s just a shame that it take things like this to change people. I am glad you like my boat :) If you are ever around my neck of the woods I'll take you for a cruise.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

My thoughts and prayers for you and your family, friends and all the people who Sandy touched.

It will take time to rebuild--- but always know your true home is where your love ones are safe and happy even if it is in a tent.

Words cannot ease all the pain--- but your Hub Friends are thinking of you and praying for you and yours.

May love guide you and fill your heart.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

@ Bobbi- Thank you so much for such kind and touching words to me. That really meant so much. Thanks again and God Bless you as well.

Mark Bruno


klarawieck 4 years ago

Mark, it's a sad thing to see. Yes, you will rebuild the entire island and make it better. Those of us living on the east coast must learn to live with the devastation of hurricanes. It can happen anytime and anywhere. In fact, Edgar Cayce predicted that the entire East coast would eventually disappear. Let's hope that doesn't happen! But we must learn to prepare and evacuate in a timely manner. At least we have the tools to know when a storm of this category is approaching. That's a great advantage!


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D.Juris Stetser 4 years ago from South Dakota

Wonderful hub in its scope and depth, but so terribly sad. I loved Long Beach Island and going by your photos the lovely beaches are gone! I can imagine your pain...Sandy was truly devestating. Yes, I also read the Edgar Cayce book the above writer quotes from, and I hope and pray it doesn't come to that. I'm from a suburb of Philly, and so many memories of Jersey, New York seem so vulnerable and threatened now...we can only pray those dire predictions never come to be. Thank you for sharing, and I wish you well.....


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NotPC 4 years ago

I can't believe this has happened. It's crazy how one day everything's normal, and then the next your house gets washed away in a hurricane. My prayers are with you all.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Mark, this is terrible. You must all be so devastated and I hope you are all well and safe. It is so sad that the government had done all of the work to improve this lovely area, only for nature to decimate it. You sound certain that you will all get it back to the way it was and I wish you well with that in the future. I hope you write another hub to show the area rebuilt.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I am SO sorry about this devastation to Long Beach!

I live near the ocean in S. Florida. We spends thousands of dollars to rebuild the coastline by hauling in sand, only to have it washed away with the next storm. Yet, people continue to build houses near the ocean. We got heavy winds and rain from Sandy. We had one house where the foundation washed away, and their house just fell into the ocean. The national news showed their two cars washed into the ocean.


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offTheTracks 4 years ago

My heart goes out to all the sufferers from Sandy's devastation. Hopefully everyone will be able to rebuild and continue on.


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CASE1WORKER 4 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

Oh my goodness- I pray that you will find the strength to rebuild your lives


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

I truly feel your pain. I have spent many happy days at LBI. My daughter and son-in-law own a home in Manahawkin that was also destroyed. The entire Jersey Shore has been affected and will never be the same. Thoughts and prayers are with you and all the year round residents as well as the vactioners. God Bless and help you in the recovery.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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Rock_nj 4 years ago from New Jersey

As a lifelong resident of New Jersey, I am deeply touched by your Hub about the destruction that Sandy unleashed on LBI; a place I have visited numerous times. Unfortunately, we in Jersey knew that this day of reckoning was going to happen some day, we just didn't know when. LBI has had other terrible storms, such as the March 1962 Noreaster that did much damage to the island. I believe LBI will recover in the short term from Sandy, but in the long run, with sea levels rising and with storms apparently growing stronger and affecting areas further north, as the ocean and air temperatures increase, I think LBI will have many other struggles with Mother Nature. The state will have to think long and hard about how to best rebuild LBI in the face of this reality.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Klara- thanks for stopping by and reading my hub. You are so right. We on the east coast must be ready to have this thing time and time again. I hope it never happens, but the way things are looking lately it is not looking very good. Stay safe in Miami and thanks for your comment.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

D.Juris Stetser- Thank you for your comment and kind words. We here in New Jersey will rebuild bigger and better. It will take some time, but it will be done. God Bless you and thanks!


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Jools99 - Thanks for the comment and for reading. yes it is a shame, all the hard work done to the beaches here and gone in minutes. Yes I will write a couple more hubs as I get photos from LBI during the rebuilding of the Island.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

NotPC- Thank you for reading and your comment. Here one day and gone the next. It is truly unbelievable how powerful mother nature is. Stay safe!


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

mary615- I am glad you are okay and made it through this horrible storm. The storms you and I are getting will never make us leave something that we all love, and that is the Ocean and bays. They will and have already started to replace the sand, BUT now we are getting a Nor Easter on Wednesday and Thursday. I do believe the way they are talking the Ocean will again meet the bay. This is not only scary but so sad for everyone that has been and will be effected.

Stay safe down in Florida :)


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

offTheTracks - Thank you for reading and your kind words to all of us that are involved in this horrible disaster .


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

CASE1WORKER- Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. we will make it through this. It may time, but it will be done!


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

CASE1WORKER- Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. we will make it through this. It may time, but it will be done!


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

tillsontitan- I am so sorry to hear about your daughter and son in law's home. It is really unreal to ride past all those homes each day and to see everyone's lives being thrown out to the curb. Everyone's life has been destroyed , but one thing hurricane Sandy can not do, is "It can never take our fond memories away. I can take material things but not memories. God bless you and your family. Stay well.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Rock_nj - Thanks so much for your comment and kind words. Yes we will rebuild, but you are right, we have to think long and hard because the climate is changing and seems like it is changing rather fast. I grew up on LBI since the 1970's . My parents bought our home there as a summer place it sits right on the bay in Ship Bottom. I just love it there and I now live only a couple of miles inland and in this case I was out of harms way of the Ocean surge, Stay well and safe my friend and maybe see you on LBI one day!


Rhonda Abbott 4 years ago

Great article Mark, puts everything in perspective for us folks that are to far away to really understand how much damage Sandy caused. We hear it from afar and I guess really don't want to believe that our beautiful shores are no longer the same. However, so glad you and so many are safe. And it will come back better than ever for the future to enjoy. Luv ya Cuz!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Wow! I'll tell you that in comparison we only had the rain and trees going through roofs. Some people did lose their homes but it was a hit and miss situation not devastation of whole neighborhoods. I sympathize with your situation. I'm glad you and Linda are ok and your sister is too. It is so sad, Mark. Take care. Thanks for linking my Hurricane Irene Hub. I rated this up/U/I/A and sharing.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Denise- Thank you so much for your comment. Yes we are very lucky we are still alive. I am a bit concerned about tomorrows nor easter. We have no dune to protect the Island and the tide should be about 4 feet over high tide, Not a good thing at all. That would mean the Ocean will meet the bay. Did you watch the video of Long beach Island?

Take care dear :)


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

This is so very sad and distressing, but I'm glad you, your wife and your sister are okay. As you say, property can be rebuilt but still it will be a long time to do so and my heart goes out to you and everyone who was affected by this fierce storm.

I grew up in North Jersey and always loved going to the Jersey Shore.

I moved to NYS after I got married and for many years when my son was growing up, we vacationed in Long Beach Island in the Holgate section. It breaks my heart to see the area so devastated.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and everyone affected by this storm.


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freecampingaussie 4 years ago from Southern Spain

So sorry to hear of your loss over there during Hurricane Sandy . We followed the storm and what was going on hoping you all would be ok .I am glad you are ok.


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lovebuglena 4 years ago from Staten Island, NY

Where is Long Beach Island? A noreaster is definitely not a good thing right now...after Sandy's massive hit...


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Hi Mark-I did watch the videos...it's beyond words! It will be a long time in getting everything cleaned up-and then, it will never be the same. God Bless!


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crystolite 4 years ago from Houston TX

Hello Mark, i feel your pains. It can never be easy for one to forget his/her childhood home and play ground for they say that there is no place like home. Just take heart, nature knows the best. Let only God judge the way about of his people.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

@ Rhonda- Thank you so much for reading and commenting on this article. You would have to see this in person Rhonda. It is unreal. Lin and I were just there hours before Sandy came. I got the boat out of the water(thank God) or it might of been on my sisters roof. Yeah this poor Island is in bad shape. Now, we are getting a nor Easter with wave at 10 feet, with a surge of 4 feet, meaning the Ocean will meet the bay again, twice in 9 days. It is really horrible. My sisters house had 4 foot of water in it and every single thing is ruined and house must be gutted completely. It is very nice to hear from you Rhonda and take care. All the best to your family as well.

Love you too :)


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Happyboomernurse - Thank you so much for your comment and kind words and thoughts and prayers. I grew up in the summers in Ship Bottom and loved every second of it. Now I live on a couple of miles from LBI and yes, Holgate is nothing but sand everywhere. It is so sad to see this, but they will rebuild. we Jersey folks never let anything get us down. How did you far in Delaware? I hope you are all fine.

freecampingaussie - Thanks for reading and yes we are all okay, but I feel so sad for the thousands of people that have lost everything within hours.

lovebuglena - LBI is the next barrier Island North of Atlantic City. The Beach Haven inlet separates the two Barrier Islands.

Denise Handlon- Hey Denise, how are you? Yes those videos show everything and to look at them and within days I will see with my own eyes the destruction on LBI, I will probably cry. It is snowing like crazy here Denise. What is the world coming to. I am afraid to think about it. God Bless you Denise :)

crystolite Thank you for commenting and taking the time to read this. Yes you are right, God will determine what is next and there is nothing any of us can do.


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molometer 4 years ago

Hi Mark,

I cannot believe what has happened to Long Beach and other areas along the coast. How on earth did we come to this chaos.

My thoughts are with you at this time,

Michael


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Dear Mark - You have done an incredible job recording all these photos and videos from Hurricane Sandy. So many stories to be told. Our eastern coast lines will be receiving the onslaught from future storms, with the natural barriers of dunes and plants gone. Nature has its fury. As the earth's climate warms, ice caps melt and with atmospheric changes we may have to rethink how and where to build communities, although no place is completely safe.

I sent a dozen blankets to a friend in Staten Island and will be donating to more community efforts. I can't imagine the amount of need to support homeless families recover their lives. Monday I will do a special radio show about homeopathic healing after hurricanes and floods. At least we can help the spirit cope with the great burdens ahead. We must all pray for better days.

Blessings, Debby


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

Really sorry for what's happened to beautiful Long Beach - and to you all. Your photos and hub are so moving and I'm immensely sad for you. It is a terrible tragedy.


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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

I am so sorry. Your love of this place is evident in your words. I admire your determination to rebuild and hope that all the help you need there will come. I wrote a hub asking people to help and I will add a link to this hub so that maybe those who haven't done anything yet will see why help is so desperately needed. Blessings to you and your family! Thank you for making this painful journey so that others can see the reality of the situation there in NJ.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

@ Michael- Thank you for reading and your concern for all of us on the East Coast. God Bless !

@ Debby- You are a wonderful person. It is so nice of you to help all in need and to do a radio show to help people cope with the devastation they have been in. God Bless you Debby and thank you!

@GoodLady- Thank you for your comment and concern for all of us. We will rebuild, but it will take some time. It will happen a little at a time until we all get back on our feet.

@lrc7815 - Thank you so much for your kind words to me. That really means so much. We are all doing good and will all work together and help each other rebuild out lives. God Bless you and thank you again so much.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

@ ChrisStyles- Thanks for your comment. Yes Fantasy Island is awesome. I have many memories too. The children love that place. I sure hope all that is open for this summer coming up. Everyone is working so hard to get the Island back in shape for the summer. I went up and down the Island 2 days ago and still can't get into Holgate. It is still too bad unless you have proof you have a house down there.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Sandy sure was Frankenstorm. Your photos are amazing. Glad to hear that all of your family are OK. Being OK comes first. Then rebuilding. Glad to hear that there is still something left to rebuild. When I lived in NYC I loved the Jersey shore all the way down to its tip. Spent a lot of great vacations there. Missed seeing your island but if I get back to my roots again I will be sure to go and have a look. God bless you all.


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Mark..i can't even imagine! I'm so sorry for you and every single person that was and IS affected by sandy! While i did nothing but donate a measly 50 bucks - my man - fyrfytr - flew to ny and holed up with a group of firemen who were going house to house in Queens...helping people to clean up their homes! He just got home 4 days ago - and he said that fema and the red cross had STILL not arrived where he had been...omg..

i hope they restore your island to some degree of recognizability!(is that a word?)..

my thoughts are with you, my friend..


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Gypsy Rose Lee- Thanks so much for reading, your kind words and your comment. Yes the Jersey shore is awesome or should say was awesome, BUT in time it will get back to where is was and even better as I said. God Bless you as well and have a wonderful Thanksgiving :)

@ Leslie - How is my friend? I hope doing well :) You did a great deed Leslie. Every penny is so helpful to all involved and it was so nice of you to do so. It was so thoughtful of your man and all the fire fighter to help with the clean up in NY. Those guys/gals are awesome people to give their time to help those in need. God Bless you Leslie and thanks for the comment, your help and your man's help as well. have a great Thanksgiving Holiday :)

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