After Sandy: New York & New Jersey Open Beaches for The Season
After Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast there are still so many still without homes and the recovery overall has been slow. We’ve made donations upon donations and volunteered time and services but as time moves on, many of us have started to go back to the routine of our daily lives.
That’s not to say we can’t still continue to support the small businesses and communities along these coastlines and beach towns; the same businesses and communities that have helped us in creating fun summer memories at the beach. We can continue to support them by making our way back and spending our summer vacations and weekend retreats there and contributing to the businesses that have lost so much.
Many have already started spreading the word that the beaches are back.
The New York Times recently released a list of the regions battered beaches, covering Connecticut, Long Island, New York City, and New Jersey. The survey resulted in some great news: most beaches, except for maybe 2 or 3, are opened.
President Obama recently visited the Jersey Shore with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and together they surveyed the reconstruction and progress, much of which will be completed in time for the summer crowds.
Social Media Moms, a united group of mothers active in social media, and New Jersey Digital Moms, a network of mothers and strong business leaders in New Jersey, will make up the 40 women from across the country to meet up for the first time ever in Atlantic City from June 6- June 9th to raise awareness for and promote the re-opening of the Jersey Shore for the 2013 summer season. The four-day #JerseyLove Retreat will be hosted by Caesar’s Entertainment and D6 Sports and aims to encourage consumers to visit the Jersey Shore post Sandy.
The road is long still for many of those affected by the storm. It’s admirable to see that those who have recovered are now doing what they can to help those affected by the tornado in Moore, OK.
I hope that as you plan your vacations and weekend getaways, you keep these communities in mind and plan to spend some time there. We are ready and they are ready, to welcome you back and we hope to see you at the boardwalk soon!
Photos by Sherry Aikens