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Jersey Shore set to reopen after superstorm destruction

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Updated: 5/23/2013 8:35 am
By Danielle Leigh
NBC News

CONEY ISLAND, N.Y. -- Beach side towns severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy seven months ago are feverishly getting ready for thousands of visitors this Memorial Day weekend.

After months of rebuilding, most all of the iconic board walks will be re-opened in time for the start of the summer season.

Along more than 120 miles of coastline mangled by the powerful storm, visitors now walk on the fresh wood of boardwalks finished just in time for summer.

Beach goers will enjoy the ocean air despite a rumbling bull dozer still working on recovery.

On Coney Island, the Wonder Wheel Park has new bumper cars.

"We borrowed some money, we put up our own, we rebuilt and spent all winter doing that,"
said park owner Dennis Vourederis.

Just down the coast, in Asbury Park New Jersey crews finished sanding new tables as restaurants prepared to open.

At the popular Harry's Oyster Bar in Atlantic City, employees shucked oysters anticipating weekend crowds.

From the revamped Point Pleasant Beach boardwalk. Sit a mix of homes, many have been refurbished and are available "for rent"

Depending on the broker and the town, the number of rental property is down anywhere from 5 to 90 percent and fewer visitors are renting according to Point Pleasant rental property owner Candace Forbes.

"Probably not going to be the best we ever had, such as last year, but I think we will be OK," Forbes said.

In Seaside Heights, visitors will enjoy a new boardwalk now missing the iconic roller coaster ripped apart by Sandy.

Visitor Rose Morrissey of Bricktown, N.J., this summer is a bittersweet time to build new memories.

"I don't know how it's going to be, but you have your memories," said Morrissey

The AAA Motor Club survey of regular Jersey Shore visitors found 79 percent say the storm hasn't affected their travel plans.



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