#27: Stronger Than The Storm


It’s been just slightly under a year since Hurricane Sandy devastated the Jersey Shore and inland counties, and although we’ve made remarkable progress in recovering, there’s still work to be done. Sandy caused almost $37 billion in damages, including major floods, property damage and, most notably, extreme destruction to the shore points. Everyone has seen the now infamous pictures of the roller coaster stranded at sea, or the destroyed boardwalk of Seaside Heights. However, as last June rolled around New Jersey faced a new challenge: how to save the shores in time for the upcoming tourist season.

The first challenge was helping displaced citizens—Sandy’s higher-than-13-feet storm surges caused over $10 billion in property damages. Along the shore line, homes were swept away to sea, sand dunes meant to protect the towns were destroyed and larger items such as boats were thrown across cities. In many shore towns, evacuations lasted for weeks after the storm while military crews worked to clean up the mess. Thousands of people were left without power.

As those repairs were underway, so began the repairs of the shore. Boardwalks were destroyed, beaches were narrower due to erosion, and sand was thrown on the streets of the beach towns, making them impossible to drive on or pass through. The Jersey Shore is imperative to our economy, so it was important that crews started working right away. And now, about 10 months later, while there’s still a lot of work to do, we have made great strides towards recovering. The shore towns are repaired and open for business, just in time for the summer season. So come plan a visit, and let us show you why we are undoubtedly stronger than the storm.

Until next time,
~Kristen

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#25: Hurricane Sandy Response


Good afternoon, readers! I hope everybody is staying safe after Hurricane Sandy! As many of you probably know, she made landfall last night around 8:00 PM near Atlantic City, New Jersey. The flooding was historical, and she is the worst storm to make landfall since 1903. Over one million people in the Garden State are currently without power, and the majority of the shore is still evacuated and underwater.

In the midst of all the destruction and disaster, however, there is one bright spot—I was, and continue to be, very pleased with how the officials in New Jersey responded to the disaster. I felt that I was constantly informed of any danger that could result, all the appropriate evacuations were taken, and Governor Christie even offered to move Halloween to November 2nd to keep the children of New Jersey safe.

I believe we also owe a huge thank you to the newscasters who put themselves in danger to inform us and keep us posted. It’s an amazing feeling to know that when a natural disaster threatens the citizens of New Jersey, we have many people willing to inform us, help us, and guide us through the experience.

If you have any pictures of storm damage, please, feel free to post them in a comment or email them to me at kristenlovesnewjersey@gmail.com as long as you’re safe!
I hope everybody’s doing well!

Until next time,
~Kristen

#14: Playland


Hey guys! ❤ So as I mentioned a few posts back, Ocean City New Jersey was my vacation destination as a child. After not being down there for two years, we decided to go back yesterday, just to walk the boardwalk since beach tags are required to get on the beach. I must admit, the second we walked up on the boardwalk between the beach store and Fudge Kitchen, I felt like I was bag at home and a wave of nostalgia washed over me. There are so many amazing aspects of Ocean City that I think I have to split them up into multiple blog posts. The first thing I’ll talk about is the amusement park, Playland’s Castaway Cove.

One of the things I’ve always liked about Playland is that their tickets never expire, so at the end of the season you don’t have to worry about using all of them up. My mom still had over 100 from the last time we were down there, so we set off to the park, located at 10th and Boardwalk (on the boardwalk). The park is fairly big with a few roller coasters and log flumes. There’s also a large train that drives around the park, so you can get a view of everything before you decide what to ride. I’m not a very big fan of thrill rides, so my dad and I set off the little kids section.

There was a mini roller coaster called The Sea Serpent. I remembered it from when I was younger, but I honestly doubted I’d fit in one of the cars with my dad! There was also an antique Jeep ride, where cars follow a track while the kids “drive”. My dad joked we should go on that now that I’m driving. Ultimately, the first ride we decided to go on was called Tidal Wave. It consisted of large arms of three seats coming out from the middle. The middle part then rotated in circles as the arms bounced up and down. It was really cute, and so much fun.

After Tidal Wave, we decided to go on the Ferris Wheel. It gave us a great view of the ocean and the entire shore town; I’ve attached a few pictures taken from the top for you guys. The view was simply breathtaking, and I’d recommend the ride if for nothing other than that.

When we got off, we decided to save our tickets for another day since we’d just eaten. After all, they never expire so it didn’t matter! It was a really great experience, and a must-do if you’re ever in Ocean City, New Jersey.

Until next time,

~Kristen

#12: Brigantine


For the past year and a half, I considered myself an Atlantic City girl. I lived to breathe the salt air that wafted off the ocean or to see the bright lights of the casinos.

I was wrong. Dead wrong. It turns out I’m a Brigantine girl at heart. Brigantine is an island city located right next to Atlantic City, and after my family’s sense of adventure led us there, we fell in love. The beaches are smaller and more secluded; they also seem cleaner. The sand is actually white instead of the off-gray often found on beaches, and the ocean is much bluer. The neighborhood is, in a word, quaint. I’ve found some shore towns feel very busy and city-like, but Brigantine doesn’t have a boardwalk or rushed feel to it. The houses seem like the type where kids go play in the backyard all day and walk the dog and it just seems perfect.

The only downfall is that Brigantine requires beach tags ($8.00 daily), but the beaches are so nice I believe it’s well worth it. Swimming, surfing and fishing are also allowed in certain parts of the beaches. All in all, Brigantine is a great place to spend a day with the family!

Until next time,

~Kristen

**For more information, visit Brigantine’s official Website

#7: Atlantic City Introduction


Hello, readers! I had a little bit of a disappointment this weekend. I was supposed to go down to Atlantic City last Friday. I was excited to have some new experiences to share with you, but the weather forecast was calling for scattered thunderstorms all day Friday—not the best shore weather. Even though that wasn’t a guarantee for bad weather, we decided not to chance it. It ended up storming up and down the shoreline all day, so it turned out to be a good decision.

Although I could tell you about Atlantic City from memory, I realized I haven’t even formally introduced you to the shore, so I’m going to take this opportunity to do that. Atlantic City is a Southern shore point, located in the appropriately named Atlantic County.  Despite being known for its 12 casinos and being called the “Las Vegas of New Jersey,” the city retains a friendly family-like atmosphere on the boardwalk and actual beach. One plus is that Atlantic City is one of the points where you don’t have to pay to get on the beach.

Monopoly fans will be excited to visit the place the board game is based off of. It’s a family game to call out the color of the street as we’re driving down it: “Tennessee Avenue? That’s an orange!” Although not all of the streets and landmarks are still alive and boasting the original names, it’s still a cool piece of history to visit.

Atlantic City is also a popular shopping destination, with the Atlantic City outlets just a short walk from the boardwalk. The outlets are a fun place to walk around and just window shop—you can have a great time without spending a single cent!

Of course, I plan to blog much more about Atlantic City, especially during the summer when I’ll be down there a lot. This post was just to tell you a little basic information about the city. I’m excited to share more with you!

Until next time,

~Kristen

**For more information, you can visit Atlantic City’s website here

#5: Shore Introduction


Hi guys! It feels good to be able to blog on a Thursday for once! School ended on Tuesday, so I’m expecting to be able to blog a little more. Please, comment if you have any ideas for blog posts!

In honor of the start of the summer holiday, I thought I’d share a little bit about the shore points of New Jersey. There’s so much to do at every beach, so rather than try to fit it all into one blog post, I’m going to talk about a different attraction in each individual post. As an introduction, here’s a list of my favorite shores that I’m going to be talking about this summer:

  • Ocean City, New Jersey—My childhood vacation destination and one of my favorite shore points; I consider myself quite the connoisseur
  • Wildwood, New Jersey—Vacation 2010 destination! Another awesome place to be during the summer days
  • Atlantic City, New Jersey—A recently discovered shore I’ve come to love
  • Seaside Heights, New Jersey—What can I say? I have to defend the Jersey Shore setting!

I’m excited to share a little about each shore with you. And, as always, feel free to leave comments about your favorite Jersey shore point and things to do (:

Until next time,

~Kristen