The Jersey Shore On Memorial Day: Scarred But Open For Business

Sunday, May 26, 2013

The beach at Asbury Park, NJ, on Memorial Day weekend. (Jim O'Grady/WNYC)

This Memorial Day weekend is when many beach-goers have been getting their first glimpses of the Jersey Shore since Sandy. In Asbury Park, it's a mixed scene: boarded-up shops next to bustling restaurants serving brunch crowds under umbrellas in the sun. (See slide show below.)

Several beach-goers said they came out both to enjoy the boardwalk and to show their support for the Jersey Shore after Sandy.

Among them was Governor Chris Christie, who strolled the boardwalk in Asbury Park on Sunday morning. The governor didn't speak to reporters, but spent about two hours shaking hands, posing for photos, and generally celebrating the start of another summer.

At one point, Christie stood in front of a souvenir shop that was covered with blistered paint and boarded up with plywood. But next to that was a crepe shop open for business. A server there said a flood tide from Sandy carried the small building 200 yards and left it on top of an outdoor concert stage. He said the owner sold another of his businesses and used the money to have the crepe shop returned to its spot on the boardwalk. That owner, like many shop and restaurant owners along the Jersey Shore, is hoping for strong sales this summer to keep the business going.

Governor Christie plans to return to the Asbury Park boardwalk on Tuesday with President Obama, with whom he famously toured the post-Sandy devastation during last year's presidential campaign. On Sunday, hundreds of people in Asbury Park lined up for tickets to the event.

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie greets voters on the Asbury Park boardwalk on Memorial Day 2013.
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie greets voters on the Asbury Park boardwalk on Memorial Day 2013.


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Are the NJ shore town communities still going to collect walk on beach fee's from all the people that do not live in their town?
They should not be able to do so, this has been an hot-button issue for over 25 years in the NY state river-towns on the Hudson's eastern bank , maybe on the west side too. Many of The Hudson towns have nice parks on the river, and they share the area with metro north train stations. In many area metro north built the parking lot, or expanded it and improved it. In about every area either federal or state money or both was used to build the park and the parking area, docks ever thing. This has been going on for over 30 years.
About 20 years ago the town of Dobbs Ferry NY started ticketing outsiders for parking in the parking lot, in the spots that were not designated as metro -north. People fought back stating that the lot was built by federal and state funds, and therefor not exclusive to the resident of the town. This applied to the parking only in dobbs ferry NY, people could walk in or take the train to the park, however only the locals were allowed to launch human o power bots, mainly kayak, some canoes. So tat pissed off the kayakers that lived nearby, but not in Dobbs ferry
This applies to any municipality that charges or excludes non-local township residents,yet has received federal or state money.
of the new York river-town parks, co-located with metro-north stations, where the parking lot was expanded or funded by Metro-north , state and federal monies, yet the local towns, Dobbs Ferry NY was one i was very familiar with. Some towns like Irvington NY have private waterfront parks where you cannot even walk into the park if you cannot show proof of Irvington residency, they probably have a special permit. This park has remained under the radar, because the train station of Irvington is further away and there is no parking for anyone,pedestrian access only with a resident card checker at the gate. Within the last 10 years a new park with softball fields , and i believe a public human powered launch was built on the waterfront about 200 yards south of the resident only park.
I worked with a guy that was a volunteer firefighter in Irvington NY for many years, he told me that the no state or federal funds was BS since the whole park was built on landfill from the ball park stadium, he said it was the old Yankee stadium fill that was used and he watched the barges offload for a summer.
Oakland beach in rye has a substantial different fee structure for residents and non residents, the price is substabtial. Greenwich Ct, is still being battled i believe. Most of the Connecticut town parks on the sound are private waterfront parks and they were destroyed in Sandy. All this should change since federal funds were used for the rebuilding. I know that glen cove in long island is a ritzy private park which also got destroyed in sandy

Jun. 18 2013 05:14 PM

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