Boardwalks and Sea Gulls
Seaside Heights NJ
It has been slightly over two years since I was last up to Seaside Heights, New Jersey with my camera. And, it’s been about ten months since Hurricane Sandy stormed through the area.
I don’t know what I was expecting but in a way it was a pleasant surprise to see that the recovery efforts were visible everywhere. That is not to say that all is back as it was or has returned to normal. It hasn’t, and it won’t be the same as it once was. Hopefully, it will be better.
My sister and brother-in-law who live in Toms River, NJ experienced enough discomfort and fortunately for them their respective damage was done more by the Nor’easter snowstorm that followed Sandy than the hurricane’s winds.
The boardwalks in Seaside and as well at Lavallette have been rebuilt. The people/summer residents have not returned in mass to Seaside – and the locals there claim that it is the draw of the boardwalk rides (lack thereof) that populate that stretch of beach.
The Sea Gulls, too, seem few and far between along that shoreline. Maybe that is because there is not as many handouts and leftovers from the day beach goers – and maybe they don’t have their high perches off the boardwalk rides to rest and spy on what’s left on the beach.
What I know is that the Jersey shore is bustling. Homes are being lifted higher, construction crews are on every street, residences and businesses are still boarded up along long stretches of Ocean County, NJ – but there is progress.
So enjoy these few photos from last weeks visit and check out this link Seaside Postcard for some of my earlier photos – the way it was – from August 2011.