Here’s what the Four Seasons, in Rio Grande, just north of Cape May, looked like before yesterday night.
A real live battle of David and Goliath is taking place at the Jersey shore.
Residents of Maragte City have voiced their overwhelming opposition to the Absecon Island Dune Project in a Nov. 5th non-binding referendum. They would be the David in this story.
The big bully Goliath would be Governor Chris Christie, who has stated publicly that it is his intention to build a dune the entire length of the Jersey shore — despite the opposition of any individuals from whom the state would need easements and municipalities that have said no to the project.
He said those in opposition are “knuckleheads” and that their opposition is “bullshit.”
Right now, Atlantic City International Airport isn’t doing much international business. It’s got one carrier, Spirit Airlines, which mostly shuttles oldheads between the Shore and the gulf coast of Florida. No longer! United Airlines
(or should we say USUNITEDAIRLINEWAYS?) will start flying planes from A.C. to its hubs in Chicago and Houston.
October 21st, 2012, was one of those impossibly gorgeous Jersey Shore days, where even though the thermometer said the temperature was in the 60s, the sun was so strong and warm that I stripped down to my tank top while watching the Atlantic City Marathon.
Later, when I was having drinks on the lawn of Congress Hall after their TEDx Cape May Conference, the talk wasn’t just of the beautiful weather that day, but of a maybe storm. I say “maybe” for a reason. These were lifetime shore residents, old salts really, who were used to this: The alarm would sound about a storm because forecasters showed it hitting New Jersey in one of a dozen possible storm paths. And then it would slam into Florida, turn out to sea, or just fizzle out.
Not this time.
As part of the big Sandy package the Inquirer ran on Sunday, Amy Rosenberg dives deep into the relief situation. And what she found ain’t pretty: It seems the vast majority of aid, federal and privately-raised, has not been granted.
Above is a photo of what is being called the world’s tallest sandcastle, in Point Pleasant Beach, on the Shore. According to the sandcastle’s site–yes, the sandcastle has its own website–Guinness World Records will certify the castle as the tallest ever on Tuesday, October 29th, the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.
The approaching anniversary of Hurricane Sandy—the second costliest storm in U.S. history after Katrina—prompted the Courier-Post to examine how residents are faring after the torrential rains were to have been replaced by a downpour of government aid and insurance. Perhaps unsurprisingly, both parties—that is, a federal emergency assistance program that earned a less-than-sterling reputation of its handling in New Orleans, and an industry that tends to find itself low on the totem of American affection—haven’t been particularly swift at reconstruction:
In May, Florida investor Eli Hadad purchased the 121,000-square-foot Madison House Hotel at auction for $4 million. It wasn’t a competitive auction; Hadad was the only bidder, perhaps because the once grand hotel on the block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is not what it used to be. To put it mildly.