New Jersey Oceanfront Bouncing Back

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Monday marked the six-month anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. The good news: New Jersey oceanfront park, Sandy Hook, is back! The Monmouth County, NJ park repoened yesterday.”We’re a work in progress,” assistant park superintendent Pete McCarthy told the Star Ledger. “Considering that six months ago this road (Hartshorne Drive, the park’s main road) was absolutely impassable for five days…we’re in remarkably good shape.”

The park, which draws more than 2 million visitors a year, opened at 5 a.m today, and is expected to draw twice as many visitors as usual. “I’m sure at 5 a.m. we will have a nice line of fishermen looking to get access here,” McCarthy said.

“Flood waters of up to 6 feet submerged Sandy Hook’s fire station, ranger station, theater and most of its six concession stands. Three of Sandy Hook’s major parking lots were hidden beneath 3 to 4 feet of sand,” McCarthy said. Read more about the recovery here.

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