Hurricane Sandy pummeled the Jersey Shore, and while this isn’t exactly breaking news anymore I still wanted to share it with you because I have written about how much I love Bay Head and LBI on this blog and they were both hit quite hard.
And 2 years ago, I wrote a post called Forget Seaside Heights: 5 Fantastic Jersey Shore Towns, and now I’m feeling a little guilty because the famous Seaside Heights boardwalk (where the cast of Jersey Shore “worked” selling T-shirts) was been destroyed. So I take it back, do not forget about Seaside Heights! They will rebuild that boardwalk and they need you to annoy them by asking them if they ever met the Jersey Shore cast.
As for Bay Head, well that town very close to my heart. I spent two summers there doing a big group rental with friends. This summer, we took several day trips to Bay Head, where we would hang out at the never-too-crowded beach and then have lobster rolls at Shore Fresh. I’m confident that Bay Head will rebuild, mostly because it’s a very affluent town comprised of almost exclusively of second (or third or fourth) homeowners. A big part of the charm of Bay Head, however, is the uniform classic seaside architecture and I hope people don’t tear down their homes and rebuild them in a different style. But no matter what, I’ll come back next summer to support them. And maybe even in the spring if it’s warm enough to stroll on the beach.
I haven’t been to the Jersey Shore since Sandy, but I’ve seen some videos that I just had to share. Spraynard Kruger risked his life to get this footage shortly after the storm ended. As he explains, “I paddled on a surfboard for blocks through debris, fallen trees, downed powerlines, and held my breath to avoid being poisoned by gas fumes bellowing out of the ground…”
Here’s a video from NBC News, showing that the bridge near Bay Head was completely destroyed. The aerial shots are heart-breaking but incredible nonetheless.