We check in on several shore towns to see how the first summer after Sandy fared for business and tourism. WNYC reporter Janet Babin talks about how some towns along the Jersey Shore experienced a 40% drop-off in tourism business and decodes what this means about recovery from the storm’s damage. We'll also hear firsthand from business owners Terence Tubridy, co-owner of Bungalow Bar and Restaurant in Rockaway Beach, and Laura Mercogliano, owner and general manager of The Palms Hotel Fire Island as well as other Fire Island businesses in Ocean Beach.
We check in with local business owners to discuss the start of the summer season and how Memorial Day weekend went after Sandy. Laura Mercogliano, owner and general manager of Palms Hotel Fire Island, CJ's Bar and Grill and other Fire Island businesses in Ocean Beach , and Terence Tubridy, co-owner of Bungalow Bar and Restaurant in Rockaway Beach, join us to talk about how business was over the weekend.