In this Friday, May 24, 2013 photo, Ryan Murphy, center, carries a surfboard and Kenny Dougherty stands guard on a lifeguard stand near the Casino Pier which was ripped apart by Superstorm Sandy, in Seaside Heights, N.J. The Jersey Shore beaches officially opened for the summer on Friday, after rebuilding following the destruction left behind by Superstorm Sandy last fall. The storm caused $37 billion of damage in the state. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
MANASQUAN, N.J. (AP) — Saws and sledgehammers joined beer and barbecues — under covered porches — as a fixture of the first Memorial Day weekend at the Jersey shore since Superstorm Sandy roared through.
Seven months after the devastating storm pummeled large swaths of the shore, the tourists made their way back, though many substituted porch parties for a day at the beach on Saturday due to rain that has lingered since Thursday.
Though most shore towns have mounted Herculean efforts to rebuild boardwalks and restore beaches, thousands of homes remain damaged, including many along the beachfront.
Jennifer Kornas of Neshanic Station, N.J. and her husband own one in Manasquan. Sandy washed away its stairs and wrecked the furnace, but the home itself escaped without the kind of catastrophic damage that ruined the smaller home next door.
“The devastation was unthinkable,” she Login to read more