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We Are Jersey Strong And Rebuilding Long Beach Island

Updated on August 12, 2013

We Are New Jersey Strong

Here in New Jersey, We Are Jersey Strong and Rebuilding Long Beach Island one day at a time. Things are going smoothly with rebuilding our Island considering what Hurricane Sandy left us with. It will take some time, but when all done, L.B.I will better than before Super Storm Sandy devastated it.

There were towns on the Island that were hit much harder than others, but everyone is working together in hopes to have the Island up and running for the Summer season.

Workers have been up and down the beaches for months rebuilding our dunes that Hurricane Sandy took with her. Sand has been trucked in and heavy equipment have been moving the sand back up to where the dunes once stood.

They have built the dunes up much higher than previously, due to the fact, if another storm comes like Sandy the new higher dunes will protect the homes better and our Island.

In a few different areas on Long Beach Island the Ocean met the Bay. The devastation was horrible, and so much was lost, but we the people of New Jersey will rebuild, bigger and better than before.

My first visit to the Island after the storm hit and we were aloud to enter the Island, tears came for my eyes and I couldn't believe what I was seeing. For someone like myself that was brought up on L.B.I. my memories were the best in my life and to see how the Island changed overnight was truly heartbreaking to say the least. Memories flashed before my eyes remembering different places, and now to see them gone was the most horrible thing you could imagine.

Dunes Washed Away


Rebuilding the Dunes

Things Are Coming Together

Things are coming together and moving along smoothly for what I have seen each day I ride up and down the 18 mile stretch of the Island.

Down at the South end of Long Beach Island is a town called Holgate. This is one of the places that really got hit hard from Hurricane Sandy. Beautiful homes that sat right on the Ocean totally destroyed, and across the street homes were swept right off their foundations smashing into the homes next door. At the end of the Island (Holgate) is the Beach Haven Inlet. The inlet between L.B.I and Atlantic City.

In that same area was a mobile home park, called Long Beach Island Trailer Park. Mobile homes crashed into each other as the Ocean waves took everything it's path.

Most homes you look at, you can see right through the home and see nothing, but wall studs. These homes all had to be gutted. Ripping out all the sheet rock and insulation from being soaked from feet of water in each home.

My sister's home on the bay in Ship Bottom was also gutted to the studs, but the damage and mold was too much to repair, so in about a week or so she will be having the home torn down and getting ready to put the new home on piles 11 feet above sea level. Hopefully this will be high enough in case of another storm like Hurricane Sandy comes ashore, which I pray that never happens again, but who knows the way our climate is changing each year.

A few businesses are now open on the Island, which is a pleasant thing to see. Miniature Golf, Wawa, 7-11 and a few Restaurants. A few Hotels/Motels are also opening one by one.

Everyone on the Island has, and is still working so hard to get ready for the Summer and hope that Hurricane Sandy didn't scare anyone away. We are open everyone, so come on down to L.B.I. for your Summer Vacation, just like before!

So many homes have been torn down and being rebuilt at a higher elevations. Many of homes are up for sale, due to the storm. I have seen homes for $1.00 that are gutted and all they ask is to move the home off the lot so that they can either sell the lot, or rebuild a new home. I guess maybe it is less expensive that way rather than pay to demo the home. That's my guess, but how much would moving a home to a different location cost? I am sure tons of money is my guess.

Barnegat Light House


Tearing Down Old House For A New One


Heavy Equipment Working to Build Back the Dunes


Tractors Rebuilding Dunes on L.b.i.

Trucked in White Sand

Keep It Going New Jersey


© 2013 Mark Bruno


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    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      teaches12345- Thank you my friend for reading and I am so sorry for the long delay in my reply to you comment. We are all coming along, slow but sure. My sisters house will be torn down this week. I will be there and video the demo. It will indeed be a sad day, for that is where my sister and I grew up as children and teenagers.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      I was wondering how Jersey was recovering after that horrible storm. Glad to see how mankind continues to move forward in faith and with postive views. Thanks for the update and inspiration.

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      Mark Bruno 

      5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      FyrFytr234 - Thanks for reading and your comment. I love Florida and have always wanted to live there, but my better half wants to stay here. At least I am at the ocean and bay so I can't complain about that. Thank you for contributing to our shore. We all appreciate your help. Yes indeed. "Rock on NJ"


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      5 years ago

      Although I now live in Florida (hurricane alley), I used to live at the Jersey shore. It was beautiful and wonderful. I will always be Jersey Proud and a Jersey Guy. I'm glad to see it's being rebuilt along most of the coast. I'm a retired Firefighter, but had never witnessed any devastation on such a scale before. It was truly heartbreaking to see the impact that storm had on so many peoples lives. Some lost their possessions, some lost their homes, some lost their lives. I'm proud of the people of NJ and NY to be fighting back. It was also an honor to contribute in my small way. Great pictures Mark. Rock on NJ...rock on!

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      Mark Bruno 

      5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Leslie Thank you so much for those thoughtful, kind and touching words. I wish I was in charge lol. I think that it was wonderful your man helped with the clean up. That was so nice of him to do so. It is amazing that he lives in Florida and came her to help. Tell him Thank you from me and all of us here ate the Jersey Shore. God Bless you dear and enjoy your day. It will be in the mid 80's today here, but I have to go to work at 4pm.

      Mark ox

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      Karen Silverman 

      5 years ago

      the dunes look lovely, Mark! Your pride in your State is heart-warming - I smiled when you invited everyone for a visit!! lol..they should put you in charge - they'd have a record tourist season!

      my man is from jersey, and - altho he lives in florida now his whole family still lives there..he's spent plenty of time at the shore and after sandy - he went for 2 weeks to help clean up..

      it was a sickening, horrific, terrifying hurricane - i'm so sorry you had to go through it!


      up and sharing..

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      poetvix- Thank you so much from your comment and you kind words about our state. It is amazing when something so devastating as Sandy everyone pulls together as one. I just came from the Island and the beaches are in great shape. The sand is now all white again. That is what our beaches here on the Island are known for..white sandy beaches. They are so beautiful. Thank you again!

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      5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Having survived Alicia and Ike in Texas, I feel for your town. The devastation Sandy brought was unfathomable. The way you all are jumping in and helping each other, rebuilding, improving and all without much help, if any from the government, is an inspiration. It really shows the unbreakable spirit of the residents. Stellar article.

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      Mark Bruno 

      5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      SimeyC - Thank you for commenting and your kind words. yes we are strong and as long as everyone works together things will be back as they were.

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      Simon Cook 

      5 years ago from NJ, USA

      Thanks for this! As someone who has lived 'down the shore' for the last 16 years it was a shock to see the devestation to Seaside and many other shore locations - thankfully the people of NJ are strong and will rebuild! gerat article!

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      Mark Bruno 

      5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Rock_nj- You are very welcome for the update my friend. I am heading over to the Island today to see if I can get some more recent photos to add to this hub. So maybe check back later for some pictures. yes those contractors have more work then they can handle. It is a huge task to get everything back in order. 1000's of homes have to be redone and businesses as well, but they will get it done. It will just take some time.

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      John Coviello 

      5 years ago from New Jersey

      Thanks for the update regarding the Sandy rebuilding on L.B.I. I am interested in seeing what the Jersey shore looks like when I make my annual trips this summer. I know a lot of contractors in New Jersey are busy this spring with Sandy rebuilding efforts.

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      Mark Bruno 

      5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Patty- Thank you for reading and your comment. It brings joy to me seeing how everything is getting back to almost normal. It will take some time,but we will get it done. There are so many people working so hard to get the Island ready for summer.

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      Mark Bruno 

      5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Pamela - Good morning and thank you for reading and your comment. We are getting there slow. but sure. Thank you for the good wishes and thank you also for the Vote Up!

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Hearing about effective rebuilding makes my day! Thank you for sahring the photos and best of success to your area of the country!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This storm was such a tragedy. Your hub was very interesting as to what has happened since that time. I wish you the best in getting the area back to normal. It sure is a huge job. Voted up and interesting.


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