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JERSEY SH

RE RECOVERY

when you were a kid,” says Kevin Barry.
Within two weeks of the storm, the
Alliance for Coney Island, a non-profit
organization made of residents and business leaders whose mission is to promote
the area, launched ConeyRecovers.org
and #ConeyRecovers to receive donations and send out information of how
volunteers can help with the recovery.
Thousands volunteered, and New York
Mayor Mike Bloomberg sat in on strategic
planning meetings. “Generations of
people have tons of memories about this
place,” says Dennis Vourderis, co-owner
of Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement
Park and chairman of the Alliance for
Coney Island. “People longed to get back
to normal,” he says. “There’s a sense of
camaraderie—it’s a good feeling when you
work together, even if it’s shoveling sand.”
In late March, Coney Island held its
grand re-opening. Coney Island promises to be as quirky as ever, with events
throughout the year like their Strong Man
Spectacular, the Mermaid Parade, and hot

dog eating contest at Nathan’s Famous.
“The Spook-A-Rama, which has
been around since the 1950s, was badly
destroyed, but it now has all new ghouls
and goblins that are guaranteed to scare,”
he says. The concentrated Coney Island,
with its boardwalk, arcades, rides, beach,
plus the aquarium and minor league
ballpark, makes a great day trip from
Manhattan. “We had a Blessing of the
Rides in April,” says Vourderis. More
than 300 kids were treated to free rides
and lunch. “It’s going to be another great
year. Things are coming back to normal.”
A New Normal
Back on the Jersey Shore things were not
quite normal but in mid-May, a shift was
really starting to happen. The $25 million
ad campaign was hitting the airwaves just
as Great Britain’s Prince Harry toured
two beaches with Chris Christie at his
side. The PR the royal brought the shore
was invaluable. They toured a residential
area in Mantoloking that had been rav-

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aged by Sandy, with dozens of homes earmarked for destruction. They also played
arcade games and strolled the new boardwalk of Seaside Heights. Meanwhile,
just yards away, construction crews were
demolishing and removing the remains of
the Jet Star from the sea. Amidst a throng
of camera crews, reporters, and stargazers, Harry remarked: “The American
spirit is alive and well. Everyone is getting
together and making things right.”
Soon after, the Stronger Than the
Storm commercials, the campaign’s onesource-for-all website (www.stronger
thanthestorm.com), blogosphere, and
social media hashtag (#STTS) integrated
marketing wave hit radio and TV. In the
ads, families played on the beach, surfers
hit the waves, couples strode boardwalks,
store signs changed from “Sorry We’re
Closed” to “Come In We’re Open.” The
shore would be back. There was no doubt.
On May 16, a live town hall meeting
was aired on PBS and NPR stations in
the region. Experts reasoned that the issue of climate change cannot be ignored
anymore, that there will be more storms
with greater intensity and the Jersey
Shore, Manhattan, and Long Island
are vulnerable. If there’s a lesson from
Sandy, it’s that mankind gets to reassess
how to build in the area so its infrastructure and citizens are better protected
next time. Because there will be a next
time. Ironically, Memorial Day marks
the beginning of hurricane season.
Said Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty
when asked “where do we go from here”
at the town hall presentation: “We’re going to start the summer with a brand new
boardwalk. We’ll be prepared for families
to come to the Jersey Shore again and
create new memories. I think we have to
be optimistic about our future. It’s still an
emotional time. But with the brainpower
and resources we have in this area, we can
move ahead and look forward to a great
future in New Jersey and New York.” Bob
Hilton of the JSCVB agrees; “Just call us
and see that we’re back. Come see how resilient the Jersey Shore is and how strong
we are. From Cape May north to Sandy
Hook, we’re all supporting each other.
The best thing people can do to show
their support is to visit us.” The shore is
strong, its arms are wide open.


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