Post-Sandy planning forums reveal life is not as rosy as the STTS campaign

Most tourists would agree that the New Jersey shore commercial areas have come back strong since Superstorm Sandy. The broken boardwalks have been rebuilt, the food is plentiful, and the beaches are crowded (on sunny days).

But at WHYY’s final two “Ready for the Next Time” summer forums both held yesterday along the shore you can hear that not all is fine for many residents. There is frustration about lack of grants for second home owners, fear the bays remain venerable to flooding, and sadness over seeing more and more empty lots where homes used to be.

Although the summer series was designed to survey shore residents on three long-term strategies of rebuilding the shore, it was also a forum for people to help identify lessons learned. The Asbury Park Press attended both forums yesterday and captured many of frustrations people still have. One Beach Haven West resident is quoted saying “My street, I would say, 90 percent of the houses have still not been rebuilt.” Read the full story.

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