Almost two years since Superstorm Sandy devastated Ortley Beach, a barrier island section of Toms River, a much different landscape has emerged.
Near the beach, where the massive storm surge had unfettered access to land due to the absence of protective dunes, new houses that dot the sandy land are juxtaposed with empty lots and vacant structures.
The iconic Joey Harrison’s Surf Club, the beachfront establishment well-known to generations of people seeking good times, remains in ruins, although the debris that were strewn across the beach were removed in late spring 2014.
A rebuilt boardwalk extends along a dune system in its infancy.
The aerial images from Oct. 16 are by Bob Alberding, a Point Pleasant Beach resident who has been documenting the Superstorm Sandy recovery with a drone since the early days. He publishes his work on the Facebook page RCAP/Remote Control Aerial Photography.
Some local residents call Ortley Beach “Ground Zero,” referring to the widespread destruction inflicted upon the Ocean County community.
Click here to see Alberding’s Ortley Beach aerial images from early August 2013.