ASBURY PARK, N.J. - In just one month - seven months after Hurricane Sandy destroyed Jersey Shore landmarks - the summer season starts.
Boardwalks are being built, new rides are being unveiled and towns are making sure that the beaches will be ready.
1. Asbury Park. The boardwalk is officially open after sections were destroyed. The beach is expected to open May 18. Asbury Park hired a contractor to complete temporary repairs to the area south of Convention Hall and permanent repairs to the Casino end at a cost of nearly $250,000. City Manager Terence Reidy said the city plans to permanently repair the Convention Hall section in the fall.
2. Avon. The boardwalk from Lincoln Avenue to the Shark River was scheduled to be opened by April 27, Administrator Tim Gallagher said. If the gazebo and railings at Garfield Avenue can be completed, the boardwalk will be open from that point.
3. Bay Head. The Bay Head Improvement Association, which operates the beaches in the borough, expects them to open by June 15, Mayor Bill Curtis said. Officials are hoping to have construction completed on the beach walkovers by the start of the summer; if they are not, temporary ones will be used, Curtis said.
4. Belmar. The borough's boardwalk is expected to be reconstructed by April 30. Beaches are expected to reopen for Memorial Day weekend. Vendors and restroom facilities will be mobile this summer; the destroyed pavilions aren't expected to reopen until 2014.
5. Berkeley. Repairs to the White Sands Beach are in line for a June 15 opening, Parks and Recreation superintendent Jim Yurcisin said. Township employees fixed dune breaches but is bidding out boardwalk rebuilding.
6. Brick. Officials expect to have all three of the township's public ocean beaches open in time for Memorial Day, Mayor Stephen Acropolis said.
7. Brielle. Brielle Beach on the Manasquan River is accessible. The Manasquan River Yacht Club restoration is nearly complete. Sailing classes begin May 4.
8. Bradley Beach. The beachfront buildings' facades have been completed, and work continues on steps to the promenade and on getting electricity to the beachfront, Borough Administrator Joyce M. Wilkins said. She said work also continues on the new miniature golf course, expected to be open in time for the summer. The beach will be open by Memorial Day, she said.
9. Highlands. The beaches at Snug Harbor and Miller Street will be open for the season by late June. The beaches are public and free. However, parking is limited at both sites.
10. Island Beach State Park. The park is open from its gate south to Ocean Beach 1 - the northern 3.5 miles of the eight-mile-long park. The entire park should be open and operating normally by Memorial Day weekend, said Ray Bukowski, park administrator. It is unclear whether the park marina in South Seaside Park will be ready for the summer.
11. Keansburg. The beach area and boardwalk will be open for summer. Most of the amusement rides and games were opened Easter weekend, and work to reopen the entire amusement area is in progress.
12. Lacey. The township is still exploring the enhancements and improvements to the Forked River Beach Bayfront Park, according to Business Administrator Veronica Laureigh. Officials also are exploring solutions to stabilize the beachfront.
13. Lavallette. Lavallette expects to open its ocean and bay beaches June 22. People can start purchasing beach badges May 10.
14. Long Beach Island. The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce reported that Long Beach Island was progressing with repair work to its beaches, and it should be complete by May 18. In Long Beach Township, all township-guarded beaches will be open for the summer, Mayor Joseph Mancini said. Work continues in Holgate, which was the hardest-hit area of the township during Sandy.
15. Long Branch. Pier Village's residences and roughly 30 businesses survived superstorm Sandy intact. However, the city lost the boardwalk south from Melrose Terrace and won't be replacing it this summer. It instead will create beach access there.
16. Manasquan. The borough has an official beach opening ceremony May 23. Mayor George Dempsey said the one-mile boardwalk promenade will be restored with lighting and restrooms.
17. Mantoloking. Borough officials are hopeful the battered beaches will be open for the summer. Officials said the state Department of Environmental Protection will determine when the beaches open.
18. Middletown. The township approved easements for a dune restoration project proposed for beaches along a stretch of Raritan Bay, which would include Ideal Beach. The beach has bathrooms and showers. The parking and beach access here are free.
19. Monmouth Beach. Beach badge prices generally are unchanged from last year. The pavilion will be open Memorial Day despite sustaining some damage.
20. Ocean Grove/Neptune. The Federal Emergency Management Agency rejected the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association's request for public money to reconstruct Ocean Grove's boardwalk and sand dunes. The association has appealed the decision. Sections of the boardwalk that survived the storm will be open this summer. Beaches will reopen by Memorial Day weekend. The marina in Shark River Hills is being reconstructed.
21. Point Pleasant. Beyond debris removal, little has physically changed in the borough since superstorm Sandy, Mayor Bill Schroeder said. Beaches at River Avenue and Maxson Avenue will be open this summer and the concerts at Riverfront Park will be back.
22. Point Pleasant Beach. The borough is still rebuilding, but officials anticipate completing the major work before Memorial Day weekend. Boardwalk reconstruction is well under way and on schedule for completion, borough administrator Christine Riehl said. Efforts to sift the sand started in mid-April.
23. Sandy Hook. Gateway National Recreation Area's Sandy Hook campground will reopen May 1 as will three beach areas. The ferry service and bike path repairs at Sandy Hook might not be completed by Memorial Day weekend. The park recently was awarded $2 million in federal aid to repair roads, in addition to $3.5 million awarded in February.
24. Sea Bright. The beaches are expected to open by Memorial Day. The town will bring in temporary restrooms and showers in place of the bathhouse that was destroyed. Contractors are also clearing "Mount Sandy," a massive sand pile that resulted after crews cleared sand that the storm left on the streets. The sand will be used to restore the town's dunes.
25. Sea Girt. The borough's 3/4-mile boardwalk is on pace to be open by summer. The first phase of reconstruction, from the pavilion south to New York Boulevard, will be complete before Memorial Day weekend. The second phase, from New York Boulevard south to Seaside Place, will be complete June 22.
26. Seaside Heights. Visitors will be able to access the mile-long boardwalk and beach Memorial Day weekend though some work will be required after the holiday, Borough Administrator John Camera said.
27. Seaside Park. The borough expects to be ready for tourists in the coming weeks, though residential repairs will take much longer. Council President Michael Tierney said in mid-April that repairs to the minor damage on the boardwalk will be complete in less than two weeks and the marina still needs decking. Both the beach and marina will be open for the season, he said.
28. Spring Lake. A two-mile stretch of boardwalk has been nearly repaired and already is in use. Full beach access should be available by May 1. The northern section of the boardwalk is not completed yet. The North End Pavilion is under construction, a project unrelated to superstorm Sandy; however, the South End Pavilion will be in use for the summer.
29. Spring Lake Heights. The borough's two parks have reopened, according to administrator Jay Delaney.
30. Stafford. The Jennifer Lane beach is expected to open Memorial Day weekend. Recreation director Betty Anne McVey said the beach might not be completely restored by the May 24 opening but "getting the beach open for the community to use is a priority."
31. Toms River. Ortley Beach and Shelter Cove beaches are scheduled to open daily June 22 though that date remains tentative. Badges will go on sale when beaches open and will be available only at beach locations.
32. Union Beach. The beach will be open in June, following a replenishment project. Metered parking spaces are available.
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