Saturday, May 25, 2013
Traffic on Long Beach Boulevard steady, but not bad for a holiday weekend.
People wore hooded sweatshirts. The beaches were empty, save for a few surfers and fishermen. Welcome to Memorial Day weekend on Long Beach Island. Look down virtually any street and evidence of the monster storm that roared into Ocean County last Oct. 29 is still very much visible. Contractor trucks are everywhere. Pods perch in front of obviously damaged homes. You can look right through some of the houses, since the sheetrock has been ripped out. The older, small homes took the brunt of Superstorm Sandy. Their more modern counterparts, up on pilings, made it through. The wind whipped up waves on Manahawkin Bay and sent spray over the bulkheads. An electronic sign on Long Beach Boulevard urged residents to save their towns and "sign dune…
Friday, May 24, 2013
Getting the word out that the Shore is open for business is key, however
The road to a summer filled with music, dancing and plenty of partying in Seaside Heights began on a Saturday afternoon in December, two months to the day Superstorm Sandy devastated the Jersey Shore. That was the day John Kern, lead singer of cover band Shorty Long and the Jersey Horns, and his 11 bandmates performed at The Beachcomber Bar and Grill for the first time since the storm struck. In fact, it was the first time any band had played in the borough since Oct. 29. Slowly but surely, most of the Shore's cathedrals of nightlife began to reopen after they were damaged during the storm. Though not as profitable as the lucrative summer season, the vast majority of the region's bars and nightclubs remain open year round, and as …
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Brick office receives more staff as summer influx expected; Ocean City office permanently destroyed, LBI office renovated
Comcast has said it has rebuilt 144 miles worth of cable infrastructure since Superstorm Sandy struck the Shore area and has hired extra staff for coastal area offices as an influx of seasonal customers is anticipated. Additional customer service employees and 170 extra technicians are to start work May 25, the company said in a statement this week. Additionally, at the company's offices in Brick, Absecon, Avalon, Northfield, Ocean City and Wildwood, the number of workstations "has been nearly doubled to provide more expedited, one-on-one attention for customers," the company said. The company's Long Beach Island office in Ship Bottom has been "completely renovated," while its Ocean City office was destroyed and is now operating out of two…
Friday, May 17, 2013
PBS show also featuring Long Beach Island.
An eight-episode series of 'This Old House' focuses on several local homes rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy. The PBS' show will first air in October. PBS announced the show worked on an 1880s Shore Cottage in Bay Head, a 1950s Colonial in Point Pleasant, and a prefabricated new house in Manasquan. Side stories will also feature restoration projects in Mantoloking, Long Beach Island, and Ocean Grove and other local projects along the beach and the bay. Here is the complete announcement from the show producers: Months after Superstorm Sandy devastated shorelines on the East Coast, affected homeowners are still determining how to rebuild in a landscape of provisional FEMA regulations, delayed building permits and continued weather risks. …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Both the party boat crowd and shore-based locals getting in on the action
As local anglers try their collective hands at spring fishing after a tough winter all around, the striped bass seem to be cooperating as water temperatures slowly rise. Starting in the northern reaches of this column's publication area, the crew of the Big Mohawk out of Belmar finished their blackfish season this week and decided to dabble in the bass fishery on Tuesday. The result: everyone on board got their limit of stripers. "I know that is what so many of you have been waiting to hear," Capt. Chris wrote on the boat's website. The boat, which sails 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, had a similarly good day Thursday after taking Wednesday off. Few reports came in from the suds in the Manasquan and Point Pleasant areas, but anecdotally, anglers …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Video and marketing campaigns spread the word.
The We Are LBI effort was created after Sandy by a team of Southern Ocean Chamber of Commerce members who wanted to invite local business into the spotlight. In addition to creating a dedicated website, WEARELBI.com, a marketing campaign has been launched to bring focus and revamped energy to the "Shop and Support local" effort, a mantra which has always encompassed the area. Marketing committee Chairman Jeremy DeFilippis noted in a press release about the effort: "Please check out our website, www.WeAreLbi.com, which features a wonderfully well done video and help us spread our message that the LBI Region is open for business and ready for summer 2013!" By working parallel with ongoing, traditional Chamber programs, DeFilippis and others…
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
VIDEO: Bay whipped up by nor'easter, ocean roars
Monday, February 11, 2013
Southern Ocean Chamber encouraging people to book their Valentine's Day weekend plans now.
The Long Beach Island Region will be layered with chocolate-covered specials for all to enjoy this week, as the popular winter event Chocolate Week has returned. Officials with the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce note the event will include specials, discounts and deals to encourage Valentine’s Day getaways, unique family winter breaks or President's Day visitors. "Start planning your 2013 with confidence that the LBI Region is ready and waiting post Sandy," Lori A. Pepenella, who is the Destination Marketing Director for the Long Beach Island Region DMO, said in a prepared statement. Some long-time favorites are back, such as vacation rental open houses, which are complimented by chocolate kisses, a Chocolate Cooking Class …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Heavy rain causes big puddles, but little in the way of tidal flooding on LBI
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Causeway project 'exemplifies what we are aiming for when it comes to rebuilding in the aftermath of Sandy.'
State officials announced a $350 million project that will rehabilitate the causeway bridge that connects Manahwkin to Long Beach Island. “The Manahawkin Bay Causeway project exemplifies what we are aiming for when it comes to rebuilding in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy – moving quickly to restore what was lost and to do so in a manner that will be stronger, more lasting, and better serve our residents,” said Acting Governor Kim Guadagno, in a prepared statement. “Our objective throughout the state is to not merely replace what was damaged, but to build it better and stronger. That can mean a different design, construction method or some other element that builds in resiliency, protects our investments and preserves mobility and public…