The hard hit Jersey Shore, which accounts for roughly half of New Jersey’s $38 billion yearly tourism industry, was a bull’s-eye location for Hurricane Sandy’s landfall in late October. During a Nov.-9 press conference in Seaside Park, NJ, Governor Chris Christie pledged to be a partner in the rebuilding effort, but warned, “Next summer is not going to be like last summer.”
Parts of an amusement park's rides are all that remain from a boardwalk and pier after Hurricane Sandy in Seaside Park, New Jersey. (Source: REUTERS)
Owner of South Street Salon Jaycee Cosentino stands in front of a line of products he sells at his salon.
South Street Salon in Monmouth County's Manasquan, NJ lost electricity for twelve days after storm.
Customer stands at Rockn' Joe's of Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, counter to get her morning cup of coffee pre-Sandy.
Entrance of Rockn' Joe's in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, before the extreme flooding brought on by Sandy.
Local business owner wades in over three feet of ocean water surrounding Rockn' Joe's post-Sandy.
Sandy destroys the kitchen of Rockn Joe's, tossing around major commercial kitchen equipment.
Rockn Joe's furniture lays in ocean water and sand post-Sandy.
Owners of Dive! of Sea Bright, NJ, prepare for superstorm Sandy by placing all chairs and tables off the ground.
Family members of Dive! owners Steven Graniero and Christina DiIorio place sandbags in front of building and windows to lessen the impact of Sandy.
Dive! patrons relax at bar pre-Sandy.
Sandy destroys and spews Dive! inventory throughout the bar.
Dive! kegs are mangled and upside down post-Sandy.
Dive!, located just one block from the Ocean, was engulfed with over seven feet of water.
Tangerine Boutique owner Diane Courtney in her Bay Head, NJ clothing and accessory store pre-Sandy.
Water-damaged contents of Tangerine Boutique sit curbside after post-Sandy cleanup.
Adrenaline Fitness was a three-level upscale fitness club located on Ocean Avenue in Monmouth County's Sea Bright, NJ.
Cardio equipment located on the first floor of Adrenaline Fitness pre-Sandy.
Sandy destroys all fitness equipment on Adrenaline Fitness' first floor.
The juice bar located on the first level of Adrenaline Fitness pre-Sandy.
Sandy tears through the front wall of Adrenaline Fitness, leaving remnants of what was once the juice bar exposed.
Fox Small Business spoke to five Jersey Shore small business owners about how they are dealing with superstorm Sandy’s economic blow and whether they plan on rebuilding. Here’s a look at their shops before-and-after the devastating storm.