One year ago, Sandy visited the Jersey Shore – and changed it forever

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 A vacant lot in Mantoloking N.J., is shown on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013.  (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

A vacant lot in Mantoloking N.J., is shown on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

One year ago, everything changed. Dozens of people died. Thousands of homes were destroyed. Thousands of people were displaced. Billions of dollars in damage was done when Hurricane Sandy devastated the Jersey Shore – a year ago, in October 2012. Scott Gurian was there, reporting on the incredible destruction along the New Jersey coast — and talking to the people whose lives were turned inside-out and upside-down by the historic superstorm.

Now, one year later, Gurian – who reports on Sandy recovery for NJ Spotlight, as well as New Jersey Public Radio — joined blogger Paul Goldfinger of Shore-based Blogfinger and Star-Ledger columnist Mark Dilonno for a podcast discussion sponsored by NJ News Commons, a project of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University. They looked back at the people they encountered — and examined the legacy of a Jersey Shore visitor named Sandy.

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