PHOTOS: Long Branch Boardwalk Devastated

Boardwalk, promenade, Pier Village closed to public


The Long Branch oceanfront has been devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

Huge sections of the boardwalk have been washed away by the storm and it has been fenced off by the city.

Pier Village and the promenade section of the boardwalk were not as badly damaged as the wooden boardwalk, but they have also been closed off by emergency personnel.

Ocean Avenue between Seaview Avenue and Madison Avenue is covered in sand, but crews are now working to remove it.

Several traffic lights are out on Ocean Boulevard and all entry to Monmouth Beach is prohibited at this time.

The above pictures of the boardwalk area were taken Sunday afternoon.

shannon November 04, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Look, I live right by Rooney's. Long Branch was spared compared to other shore communities. There's minimal damage...buildings are still standing with windows in tact, beach looks perfectly fine, Rooney's is open for business and even the TikiBar at the hotel is still standing! I think it's ridiculous that you think LB is devastated, that couldn't be further from the truth. You want to see damage, then go to Sea Bright, Highlands, Mantoloking....that's damage.
Michael Megill November 04, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Mary, Monmouth Beach is not part of Long Branch.
Peter Koenig November 04, 2012 at 09:53 PM
May I suggest some skepticism about reports of utter disaster in Long Branch? From a recent Code Red from the Mayor, JCPL is being very uncooperative. It's just possible JCPL wants to exaggerate the problems for PR purposes. Where we are, there is no damage or sand drifts - nothing is amiss ... Except the failure to restore power.
danielh November 05, 2012 at 12:08 AM
The title of the article is "Boardwalk Devastated." It's not "Entire city of LB devastated." So if you look at the article's pictures you will see a devastated boardwalk. You're taking things out of context. Use context clues to figure out what an article means before jumping to assumptions.
Ivanbrown November 05, 2012 at 01:39 PM
A more accurate heading is "Long Branch oceanfront is damaged". Devastation is an exaggeration particularly in the context of how others Shore communities fared. Yesterday morning I walked the beach from Seven Presidents down to West End. There is clearly some beach erosion, other than Pier Village most of the steps leading to the beach have been destroyed or damaged, many of the railings along the promenade and boardwalk are missing and sections of the boardwalk south of Pier Village have been damaged as indicated in the pictures. We are fortunate there are many large rocks and a concrete wall on the beach side of the boardwalk that helped to insulate that area from more significant damage.
fay November 05, 2012 at 01:53 PM
When will hotels on long branch boardwalk reopenn
Bert Gottlieb November 05, 2012 at 02:26 PM
My daughters house is in Long Branch. She and her friend are now living with me. The landlord says the house might be fixed and ready to live in at least five months, maybe longer. It had at least two feet of water in it. She lost everything she owned except for clothing and a couple of small appliances. The house is in ruins to the point of having to rip out and replace the walls. The outside of the house looks like it had no damage. You cannot see all the damage by just looking at the outside of the buildings in Long Branch. Most of the damage is not seen.
Adarsh November 05, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Question to folks on LB , do you have electricity supply restored?
Tom Kulick November 05, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Does anyone know how we can donate money to specific communities? I'm well aware of the national organizations like the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, etc... but what if we want to target our donations towards specific communities in need? Does anyone know where I can find more information about this? Thanks!
Anita Barber November 05, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Floridian here. I donated to the Salvation Army and was able to specify the towns I wanted the money to go to. I recommend them. 96% of what is donated goes to the intended purpose.
Tom Kulick November 05, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Thanks for the info, Anita! In case anyone wants a specific link, try this: https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=207#location --this will allow you to specify the exact town or zip code where you would like your Salvation Army donation to be targeted. I know we're probably not supposed to be posting links here, but hopefully they will make an exception in this case.
Edward W. Anastasio November 07, 2012 at 01:57 PM
The photos themselves are worse that the damage. Get someone that knows how to use a camera.
Carmen Cruz November 12, 2012 at 03:37 PM
that my town my home it look like asburypark woo now look like ihope does look like asburyparkwe have alot fun in the beach i hope the can fix so we can have fun for hour kids how long is go to take so we can have or town
Toni January 10, 2013 at 03:55 AM
Agreeing with Bert. Here it is, January and we're still not repaired. World goes past your front yard. There was serious damage in LB. Ask anyone on Branchport how their houses faired? Probably not. Excuse me for being a little short Shannon, but having you, your husband and three kids displaced for so many months will do it to you
Joseph March 26, 2013 at 04:41 AM
Yes there is damage to the Long Branch Boardwalk and roadway. But this damage is minimal compared to many oceanfront towns! Most of all the Main footings to the entire boardwalk are all in place. Only the top boards blew away! And the City ripped up the rest!, to make it look worse! This boardwalk could be opened by summer without a doubt in my mind! The Long Branch coastline has looked like a jail cell for too long now! This only shows total Incompetence! And as for the devastation! There is none!
Joseph March 26, 2013 at 08:01 AM
. ... . l Joseph Hornick 5 minutes ago · .. It seems like Long Branch wants a state of the art Boardwalk. And to take advantage of FEMA, and taxpayers alike! New & larger boardwalk for their Pier Village Phrase II? If this is what is intended, let Pier Village foot the bill! And not the taxpayers of Long Branch! This sounds like a capitol improvement! And not storm related damage!
Joseph March 26, 2013 at 08:04 AM
Taxpayers watch your wallet dwindle!


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