Map of New Jersey highlighting Ocean County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The members of the iconic Beach Haven Marlin & Tuna Club were determined to open their new building before the start of summer, the second since Hurricane Sandy washed out their former home.
They got their certificate of occupancy Friday afternoon, just in time for a planned grand opening the next day, coinciding with an annual striper fishing tournament known as the LBI Cup.
On Sunday morning, the day after 500 people flooded the club’s new three-story headquarters, Vice Commodore Tim Irons walked around the bare rooms, proudly showing off the bathroom tiling and the views from the top floor.
“It’s completely paid off,” he said. “We just don’t have any furniture yet.”
March is the most volatile month of the year weatherwise as winter and spring duke it out.
It’s when winter transitions into spring and huge contrasts in air masses make for a nasty March cocktail. A battle zone of air masses results when lingering arctic fronts set up the dividing line between polar air colliding with spring-like milder temps. In this zone, you get massive outbreaks of severe storms and the tornado season launches, starting usually in late March and hits a peak by mid-late April.
But March in Philly has had some record snowstorms, including the infamous blizzard of 1888 when Philadelphia got smacked with 10.5 inches of snow along with winds approaching 80mph along the Jersey Shore.
And of course the very first “storm of the century” March 13-14, 1993, when we got buried with 12 inches of snow and sleet.
Map of New Jersey highlighting Ocean County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
SEASIDE PARK, N.J. – A raging fire spewing fist-sized embers engulfed much of an iconic Jersey shore boardwalk Thursday, destroying more than 50 businesses and undoing months of rebuilding efforts after the inundation of Superstorm Sandy.
Workers joined the fire in tearing into the boardwalk – a last-ditch effort to rob the inferno of fuel that helped preserve what was left of the economic lifeblood of Seaside Park and Seaside Heights.
The wind-whipped fire devoured eight blocks of boardwalk – four in each town – and caused millions of dollars in damage before workers halted its advance by ripping out a large section of boardwalk and piling up huge makeshift sand dunes meant to hold back fire, not water.
The blaze destroyed 32 businesses on the Seaside Park portion of the boardwalk, borough Councilwoman Nancy Koury told The Associated Press. Michael Loundy, a real estate agent who works with Seaside Heights on tourism projects, said 20 businesses were destroyed there.
Atlantic Ocean shore at Atlantic City, New Jersey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Before we do anything, let’s address the giant elephant in the room – and we’re not talking about Lucy of Margate.
Nearly seven months ago, Sandy wrought devastation on the Jersey Shore like never before: The largest Atlantic storm on record created more than $30 billion in damage up and down the state’s 127-mile coastline. More than 346,000 structures were damaged or destroyed when Sandy whipped across the state on Oct. 29.
Some of the places that held memories so dear for many of us – beaches, homes, boardwalks, piers, shops, amusements, and restaurants – got washed away. We wondered whether we’d have the chance to enjoy our beloved Shore again.
Well, just as surely as the air and sand and sea will be delightfully warm again, there will be plenty to celebrate this summer. There are still dozens of great destinations and plenty of fun at the Shore this year.
English: A view of the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, New Jersey north of Casino Pier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. – Britain’s Prince Harry toured two New Jersey shore communities devastated six months ago by Superstorm Sandy, viewing some of the damage that remains but also walking on a rebuilt boardwalk and shaking hands with construction workers who have been racing to get the resort towns ready for the summer.
In Seaside Heights, where the MTV reality show “Jersey Shore” was taped, he walked down the rebuilt boardwalk with Gov. Chris Christie and both took part in a game of chance, throwing perforated plastic balls into holes for stuffed animal prizes, which they handed over to children.
The two came within sight of a roller coaster that the storm sent plunging into the Atlantic Ocean and which became a defining image of the storm that struck in late October. A crane was in place to begin demolition of the amusement ride.
In both Seaside Heights and Mantoloking 10 miles north, his first stop, the prince shook hands with police, fire and other emergency personnel. Harry also greeted construction workers who have been working on rebuilding Seaside Heights’ famous boardwalk, now about two-thirds complete.
NEW YORK — Superstorm Sandy shifted the sands of the New Jersey shore‘s summer rental landscape, where some resort towns are suffering lasting effects of the barrage and others are, as they say, cleaning up.
Summer rentals are a backbone of the tourist season along the 127-mile stretch of coastline and barrier islands, where vacationers flock to the beaches and boardwalks that are convenient to New York and Philadelphia and more affordable than the celebrity-studded Hamptons on New York’s Long Island.
Some 59 million people visited the Jersey Shore last year, according to state figures.
In Ocean County alone, which is one of the four shore counties and boasts of 44 miles of coastline, the population typically doubles in the summer months to 1.2 million. In some of its small towns, the population grows ten-fold in the summer, according to county statistics.
English: A view of the beach in Seaside Heights, New Jersey north of Funtown Pier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. — It is one of the icons of America, the backdrop to a thousand stories — the place where Tony Soprano”s nightmares unfolded, where Nucky Thompson built his “Boardwalk Empire,” where Snooki and The Situation brought reality TV to the ocean’s edge and where Springsteen conjured a world of love and loss and cars and carnival lights and a girl named, incongruously, Sandy.
But after the storm of the same name passed through last week, the seaside towns of the Jersey Shore, a place that popular culture has picked to exude Americanness, have been upended, and some of the boardwalks have been pushed into the sea.
And those who live there, those who spent their childhood weekends there and those who experience its stories from afar are asking different versions of the same question: What happens now?
“This is just a heartbreaking experience seeing all these places we love that are just decimated,” said Jen Miller, a blogger about the Jersey Shore who lives in the Philadelphia area. “It’s just what you do every summer: You go ‘down the shore.’
August 30, 2012 (TheWrap.com) – MTV is ending the fist-pumping cultural phenomenon “Jersey Shore,” the network says.
The decision comes amid skyrocketing salaries for the cast of former unknowns that have made MTV’s most successful series increasingly expensive to produce. MTV said “Jersey Shore” will end after its sixth season, which premieres Oct. 4.
MTV will commemorate the end of the show with farewell programming beginning next Thursday, with a one-hour retrospective called “Gym, Tan, Look Back” that will air before MTV’s Video Music Awards.
The series, which has followed a group of self-proclaimed “guidos” and “guidettes” from the Jersey Shore to Italy, has popularized such phrases as “grenade” (an unattractive person), “smush” (have sex with) and “GTL” (gym, tan, laundry).
Kites on the Ocean City, New Jersey beach at 12th Street (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Along with the usual water ice, greasy pizza, and tubes of sunscreen, the unofficial first weekend of summer was marked by a new arrival this year at the Jersey Shore: 175,000 cubic yards of concrete.
It didn’t arrive all at once, of course, but the concrete — the Route 52 causeway bridge — is now a finished product and represents a major feat of engineering. The bridge stretches more than two miles from Somers Point on the mainland to the barrier island of Ocean City, able to accommodate 40,000 cars a day.
The construction techniques to erect such a structure have long been standard in the industry, one of them tracing its roots to a historic 1950 overpass in Philadelphia. But the sheer scope of this new bridge, a $400 million project overseen by the New Jersey Department of Transportation, was unusual.
New Jersey’s popular seaside destinations are normally full of tourists this time of year. Hundreds of thousands of people swell the population along the New Jersey coastline in the summer. Right now residents and tourists are being told they must leave because Hurricane Irene is expected to cause major damage and flooding along the coast.
Tolls were suspended on the Atlantic City Expressway to move people away from the shore points as quickly as possible. The Atlantic City Expressway is the fastest way north and west toward Philadelphia from many beach resorts. Some state roads are closed to southbound traffic so all lanes can be used by northbound traffic. Eastbound Route 72 will be shut down tonight so that all lanes can be used to move people off Long Beach Island.
Cape May, the Wildwoods, Ocean City, Atlantic City hotels and casinos, Long Beach Island and everything in between is emptying out. Governor Christie declared a state of emergency yesterday.
Reality “star” Snooki Polizzi of Jersey Shore fame was chastised by a judge, fined $500 and given two days of community service for creating a scene on the beach. On July 30th an intoxicated Snooki ventured onto the beach, drew a crowd (shock) and disturbed sunbathers by being loud, obnoxious and tripped over people.
Snooki stated her “performance” was not scripted when asked by the judge if this was part of the show.
Snooki left a credit card behind in her haste to leave the courtroom. An employee ran after her with it.
Snooki got in further hot water when she tweeted about Newark traffic and the Mayor of Newark threatened her with a ticket for texting and driving. Home girl can’t get a break no how.
A day in the life of a girl from Poughkeepsie…sigh
Snooki was arrested in Seaside Heights for disorderly conduct this afternoon. Of course, the MTV cameras were there to capture the action! Look for footage in an upcoming episode of Jersey Shore.
Snooki was publically intoxicated (say it isn’t so) and was arrested by two officers…cuffs and all. She was looking might disheveled and wearing a shirt that said SLUT as her sun glasses were sliding off her face. The pictures are mighty unflattering!
I thought they were banned for life after filming Season 1? Now they are back filming Season 3!
“The Situtation”, “Snooki” and “DJ Pauly D” paid a visit to the ladies on The View on Tuesday. The panel was divided….two for, two against. Elisabeth Hasselbeck wore an “I heart the Situation” tee- shirt, Sherri Shepherd dressed like Snooki, complete with hair bump, while Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar were clearly not feeling the love. Especially Joy (talk about being misnamed).
“The Situation” had nicknames for the panel….Whoopi is “The Administration, Joy is “The Assumption”, Elisabeth is “The Attraction” and Sherri was “The Duplication” since she was rockin’ the Snooki hair bump. The ladies liked their nicknames.
Joy went right after Snooki by making the statement they were all not Italian Americans however, Snooki is part Sicilian, although mostly Chilean. JWOW is evidently not Italian American either. Joy got in some other digs about the all the sex on the show and asked if they use condoms etc… She was her usual snarky self.
Snooki got a big laugh when she was asked when she realized she was famous….the answer was “pretty much at birth”…..DJ Pauly D was asked if he was surprised by the fame and was he still working. He responded “yes, I’m still DJing but now my rate went up” which got another huge laugh from the audience. “The Situation” refused to show his abs despite coaxing from the ladies. He said he didn’t want to cheapen “the brand”…
Whoopi asked the cast what their long-range goals are…”The Situation” said he would like to try acting. They all said they are saving their money. Snooki stated her father handles her money.
All in all the interview was fun, despite Joy “The Assumption’s” “tude”.
Evidently everybody loves them some Snooki. Vera Wang’s models have been sporting “poofs” ala Snooki from Jersey Shore on the runway as of late. I guess the “Guidette” look may become as fashion statement!
Very interesting interview (Meredith Viera) with six of the major players from MTV’s Jersey Shore on the Today Show. Yes, they are young, like to party and have fun. However, JWOWW, has two bachelor’s degrees and Vinnie graduated from college and is getting ready to take his LSTAT (Law School Administration Test)…
The may have gel in their hair and a fake tan, but don’t jump to the conclusion they have empty heads. Love ’em or hate ’em… JerseyShore returns for season two and filming starts in the next month!
Looks like Snooki and company held out just long enough. The season one cast have all been signed to appear in season two of MTV’s reality series Jersey Shore for $10,000.00 per episode. The season finale attracted 4.8 million viewers which gave the cast some additional leverage.