Jersey shore rentals slow in 2nd post-Sandy season

March 17, 2014 • Business

This March 8, 2014 photo shows a home being offered as a summer rental in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. The rental market at the Jersey shore is developing later than usual this year in parts of the region, due to a highway reconstruction project, uncertainty about which beaches will be open this summer, and a seemingly unending string of winter storms that have kept people from driving to the shore to check out vacation spots. The shore towns are counting on this summer to be better than last year’s as they struggle to recover from the Oct. 2012 storm. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — In a normal year, many of the prime summer beach house rentals at the Jersey shore would be gone already, snapped up by vacationers months in advance.

This is not a normal year, again.

As the second summer season following Superstorm Sandy approaches, shore rentals are still available because of a combination of factors keeping many renters from making up their minds as quickly as they had in years past. That’s good news for vacationers, who could have more options than usual, but not-so-great news for shore towns counting on this summer to be noticeably better than last year’s.

Cyndy Yates, of Valley Forge, Pa., is one of the late bookers. She decided last Login to read more

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