Last week, we took a drive up the Jersey coast to see how things have improved or not yet been fixed nearly a year after Hurricane or super storm Sandy. It hurt to see the wiped out houses, the dune-less beaches, the businesses that remain closed. There are signs of things being fixed. The houses on the beach are pretty much repaired because there is money there. The street that was wiped clean in Holgate remained empty. I'd say at least one third of the businesses are closed, apparently never to reopen.
But the boardwalk at Seaside...that was up and running and packed with people!
The boards were humming, the people were laughing and carrying their prizes, eating pizza, slurping frozen custard cones, messing themselves with cotton candy. It was alive, though the southern half did not have rides open and the northern half had rides, but not all of them back.
Now, after yesterday's fire. it's all gone from the southern end.
My heart bleeds for the owners of the concessions...having rebuilt once, now to have to try all over again. I doubt most of them will think it is worthwhile.
Funny thing, I was trying to picture all the stalls and remembered that the psychic had a little booth down that end. I wonder if she bothered to rebuilt, knowing what was going to happen in a few months.