Jersey shore post-storm cleanup

SEASIDE PARK, N.J. – September 14, 2009

The job will require resolve, and there's plenty of that, but also money, and there's little of that.

It's a beautiful, sunny day at the Jersey shore: clear skies, blue water but the remnants of last week's nasty Noreaster are still around.

"The power of the wind is very strong obviously to kick up all this sand here from the dunes, they're so high," exclaimed Mary Deehan of Bricktown, New Jersey.

In Seaside Park, tons of sand were blown by winds of over 50 mph last Thursday and Friday and are still covering parts of the boardwalk.

"It's a beautiful day, I came down there this morning and I couldn't ride my bike on the boardwalk because the sand was piled up and to get on the beach you have to walk over 6 feet of sand," said Gina Laferrara of Cranford, New Jersey.

"I felt like we were walking on the beach, that's how much sand was on this part of the boardwalk," said Rosemarie Guzzardo of Toms River, New Jersey.

The dunes here are 10 to 15 feet high and the storm created some big drifts. The town has cleared some beach entrances but clearly there's still a lot of work left to do.

"We don't have budgets in the sense of overtime for a post season weekend cleanup. Just wasn't worth it, it was nothing critical," said Jim Mackie the Public Works Director.

The borough began moving some of the sand today with a front-end loader and sweepers from Ocean County have been moving up and down Ocean Avenue collecting the sand and dumping it in huge piles.

It may be a little messy on the boardwalk, but there are lots of folks who don't mind a bit they consider this the best time of the year at the shore.

"Everybody's at work so it's nice. It's not so crowded and it's just more peaceful," said Kathy Rispoli of Toms River, New Jersey.

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