Business outlook slowly brightening in Sea Bright

 Bain's Hardware is one of the Sea Bright businesses damaged by Sandy that has reopened (Phil Gregory/NewsWorks Photo)

Bain's Hardware is one of the Sea Bright businesses damaged by Sandy that has reopened (Phil Gregory/NewsWorks Photo)

Business is slowly starting to recover in one Jersey Shore town where Sandy caused a lot of flooding.

Every business on Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright was damaged by the storm surge.

About half of them are still closed.

Frank Bain, who owns Bain’s Hardware, has reopened after Sandy pushed four feet of water in the store and ruined all his merchandise.

“I had contents insurance and when you have contents insurance and it’s a flood it doesn’t do anything. It’s a tremendous struggle but I believe you have to control your own destiny. Business is very steady,” he said. “Of all the things we lost during the storm, we did not lose a customer.”

Woody’s Ocean Grill was one of the first places to reopen. Co-owner Chris Wood says business is good, and he’s looking forward to more shops opening.

Jake O’Donnell, who is opening a new surf shop, said he’s optimistic about the new business. He says the Shore town has always attracted a lot of people in the summer and wants to give them another place to shop.

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