Sunday, March 10, 2013
Saturday's St. Patrick's Day parade in Seaside Heights was more than just a celebration of the holiday.
A lonely kind of place. That's how Ginnie Kenney described Seaside Heights in the months following Hurricane Sandy. She said she and her neighbors were expecting visitors to hopefully return to the resort town in June, but she was more optimistic. With the borough working hard at restoration following the storm's devastation, Kenney said she believed St. Patrick's Day was a more likely possibility. On Saturday, tens of thousands of visitors lined the green-stripped Boulevard in Seaside Heights for the borough's annual St. Patrick's Day parade, the first time its welcomed the public back in full since the storm. Though the boardwalk is just pilings, the former boards being washed away, and though many homes and businesses are still …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
The borough held its first major public event since Hurricane Sandy.
Thousands of people crowded the borough's streets, angling through the mass for a position with a decent view. Revelers hung out on motel balconies or behind metal barricades, cheering with the arrival of every beverage. For blocks surrounding the boulevard, drivers circled around, struggling to find a place to park. Welcome back, Seaside. On Saturday, Seaside Heights hosted its annual St. Patrick's Day parade, welcoming tens of thousands of visitors to enjoy the family-friendly event and witness the shore's ongoing reconstruction efforts. With the boardwalk still being installed after being destroyed and many homes and businesses still gutted from Hurricane Sandy, crowds marched down the green-striped Boulevard, resuming an annual …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The Seaside Heights amusements pier has been stripped, partially demolished, but restoration is in progress.
It's hard to see the improvement at Casino Pier following its destruction at the hands of Hurricane Sandy. But, it's what you don't see that let's you know work is being done. The Seaside Heights attraction is nearly empty. All of the amusements and rides that remained on the pier following Sandy have been taken down, piece-by-piece, and carted away, some to storage, some to the scrap yard. The log flume, half of it having fallen into the ocean, is gone. The Wild Mouse rollercoaster has been taken down and hauled away. The buildings that housed concessions and games have been torn down. A few remnants remain, including the Jet Star coaster, still sitting in the water. Soon, that will be gone too. It's stark right now; the pier is almost …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Seaside Heights was opened to limited access Monday morning. Several residents of nearby towns stopped by for a first-hand look.
In the back of the room, past the crane games and around the corner from the slot machines spitting out plastic tokens with every pull, the sandbags are still lined up against the glass doors that once served as the boardwalk entrance to the Seaside Heights institution Lucky Leo’s. On Monday, Seaside began allowing public access to the shore town for the first time since Oct. 29, the day Hurricane Sandy arrived on the Jersey Shore. The roads are still littered with debris, most of it pulled out of water-damaged properties, some of it carried there by surging ocean water. In place of the boardwalk is beach sand, pushed up against the buildings that did not fall, with splintered boards jutting out at odd intervals. At Lucky Leo’s the neon “…
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Legislators get tour of Shore destruction
Members of New Jersey's General Assembly toured Ocean County communities devastated by Superstorm Sandy Thursday. The tour, led by State Police Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes, along with local officials, gave lawmakers and members of the press an up-close look at what Sandy left behind – including the remnants of the Seaside Heights boardwalk and the now-iconic Jet Star roller coaster, which dropped from Casino Pier to the ocean during the storm. Casino Pier will be repaired in what is estimated to be a $45 million project, Seaside Heights Police Chief Thomas Boyd said, and the roller coaster will be removed from the ocean floor. Funtown Pier in nearby Seaside Park, is in the preliminary stages of assessing the damage with its insurance …
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Tips from Jersey Shore lifeguards on how to get out of a rip current safely.
Water temperatures are warmer this month than they have been in the past three Junes. For Senior Lifeguard Daniel Desantos, this means that him and all other lifeguards need to aware of more people visiting the shore and getting into the water. “I’ve worked as a lifeguard at Seaside for seven years. I’ve learned that we always have to be alert, whether the water is calm like today or if it is hurricane like,” Desantos said. After the loss of life at Seaside Park and Asbury Park last week, lifeguards have been on high alert watching out for rip currents and swimmers who may be trapped in them. One of the biggest tips that every lifeguard spoke of was the same: Only go swimming when lifeguards are on duty. However, at 6 p.m. lifeguards at …
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Deena Cortese disrupted traffic, police say.
A cast member of the Jersey Shore show was arrested this afternoon in Seaside Heights after a police officer saw her appearing intoxicated and disrupting the flow of traffic, Detective Steven Korman said. Deena Cortese, 25, of New Egypt, was charged with disorderly conduct after the 3:48 p.m. incident, he said. Cortese and some other Jersey Shore cast members were in Spicy's Mexican Cantina at 500 Boardwalk near the intersection of Sumner Avenue and Ocean Terrace before the incident occurred, he said. Cortese went outside and started dancing in the middle of the street, disrupting the flow of traffic, he said. "Patrolman Chris Linnell placed her under arrest," Korman said. "Traffic was building up and the officer had to act, obviously."
Thursday, October 20, 2011
New Jersey's best surfers battle in annual Seaside Heights contest
When it comes to New Jersey surfing, it's Sam Hammer's world. Everyone else is just living in it. At 31, Hammer solidified his reputation as New Jersey's preeminent surfer winning his fourth championship belt at the Smith Optics Garden State Grudge Match. "We were making a joke on the beach. We might have to tell him he can't surf for a few years and let a couple of other guys win this thing," Rob Cloupe, the contest organizer, said. "It's the most fun event ever," said Hammer, a Point Beach High School graduate and Lavallette resident. "It feels great. It's an honor." "This is really his event, he's won it four times now and he's been in the finals three other times," Cloupe added. "It's really his title to lose." In its nine years, the …