This time last year, about 30 percent of all beach rentals at the Jersey Shore were booked for summer, according to people who work in the rental business. But this year, so far, less than 10 percent is booked.
But property owners say rentals for high school prom groups from New York, North Jersey and Philadelphia are as high as ever.
Students say they aren't letting the destruction by Sandy get in the way of a weekend with their friends after prom. New Jersey Public Radio's Sarah Gonzalez brings us along for the high school tradition.
Students from Monroe-Woodbury High School in upstate New York take pre-prom pictures. The next day, this crowd is sharing a two-story, four bedroom beach home in Seaside Heights, N.J. (Sarah Gonzalez/WNYC, New Jersey Public Radio)
Students head to prom on a party bus, which will later take them to an 18-and-up club in New York City. (Sarah Gonzalez/WNYC, New Jersey Public Radio)
The prom party cleaning the private back yard of their beach home rental after three nights together at the Shore. (Sarah Gonzalez/WNYC, New Jersey Public Radio)
The prom party cleaning their beach home rental. Only one person in the house needs to be 18-years-old. Minors have to submit a notarized letter from their parents. (Sarah Gonzalez/WNYC, New Jersey Public Radio)