|"The Storm" by Gregg Hinklicky|
|(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)|
Now we are rebuilding.
The homes are up on stilts sometimes 14ft or higher.
Boardwalks are rebuilt so that families can come back and enjoy a good game of skee-ball, ride the Carousel, play a round of miniature golf , eat some cheese fries or soft serve ice cream. Tourism is a big business for us. Families come back year after year, rent the same house (if it's still there) and love it here.
We love it here. That's why we live here.
The buzzwords: Jersey Strong! Restore the Shore! We will be back stronger than ever! will be our mottos throughout our rebuilding process and for many more years to come.
Hey...we're from Jersey, we have a reputation of being ignorantly stubborn, we can't stop that now!
The smell of salt air is in my blood. Whenever I travel away from home and come back, the first smell of the ocean to reach my nostrils will make my body completely relax. I don't think I could ever move away.
Still - what have we learned from Sandy?
I hope a lot. I hope we will think again before rebuilding, but I already know that we are just replacing washed away homes with something else. Where people can not rebuild because of the cost the threat of developers with great plans to build big hotels or condos right on the beach will happen. Palms will be greased, deals will be made and restrictions on building will loosen up.
Governor Christie has vowed to make sure we build up our dunes to protect our coastline. His words: "We are not going through that again so you can sit on the first floor rather than the second floor and see the ocean."
Good for him.
I hope it sticks.
|"Sleep Well My Friend" by Jack Fusco|