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Ocean Grove boardwalk. Oct. 30, 2012n8:00 am. Paul Goldfinger photo

Ocean Grove boardwalk. Oct. 30, 2012.  8:00 am. Paul Goldfinger photo  ©  Click to enlarge.


Great Auditorium roof was damaged, fore and aft. It still awaits a permanent fix. Oct. 30, 2012. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Great Auditorium roof was damaged, fore and aft. It still awaits a permanent fix. Oct. 30, 2012. Paul Goldfinger photo ©


Sandy Ocean Grove. by Bob Bowné. October 30, 2012 ©

Sandy Ocean Grove. by Bob Bowné. October 30, 2012 ©

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @Blogfinger

What do you remember?  My  house shook, but had no significant  damage or flooding.  I recall the sights when we went down to the beachfront on the morning of October 30, 2012.  People hesitatingly came down to see.  We had seen the horrible images of places like Mantoloking on television, so we knew that we were lucky—lucky to not live on a barrier island.

Ocean Grove has some low areas, such as the southeast precinct  where flooding occured, but much of the rest of the town had enough elevation to avoid water damage.  A couple of days later a solitary surf fisherman came from out of town just to fish in Ocean Grove, a place that he loved.

Now, most of our boardwalk is complete except for the North End and the pier.  We are better prepared now with dunes and bulkheads.  The boardwalk was specially engineered to be extra strong.  Many homeless victims who needed a place to stay came to the Grove. Some of them remained for quite a while, and there are probably some who are still around town.  We cannot ever forget the volunteers who showed up, often with everything they needed including food  and they gave and they asked for nothing in return.

Link to Bob Bowne´s iconic photograph of Sandy:

Bowné link on Blogfinger

Loudon Wainwright III.   “Carrickfergus”.  From Boardwalk Empire.

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October 30, 2012. © Paul Goldfinger photo. Blogfinger.net

October 30, 2012. © Paul Goldfinger photo. Blogfinger.net

“Every storm runs, runs out of rain

Just like every dark night turns into day

Every heartache will fade away

Just like every storm runs, runs out of rain”

GARY ALLAN  “Every Storm Runs Out of Rain.”

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Urns and benches at theNorth End waiting for a new boardwalk. November 4, 2012 post Sandy.  By Paul Goldfinger ©

Urns and benches at the North End waiting for a new boardwalk. November 4, 2012 post Sandy. By Paul Goldfinger ©

ANITA O’DAY

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Ocean Grove beachfront. October 30, 8:30 a.m.  By Paul Goldfinger ©  left click for full view

Ocean Grove beachfront. October 30, 8:30 a.m. By Paul Goldfinger © left click for full view

MiddlelBeach.  Ocean Grove, NJ  June, 2013.  Blogfinger photo ©

Middle Beach. Ocean Grove, NJ June, 2013. Blogfinger photo ©

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

Friday, June 5, 2013. 12:30 p.m. — We have learned from the OGCMA interim Administrator, Ralph delCampo, that the CMA will apply for the second FEMA appeal. This decision was made after careful consideration and discussion with government agency consultants who have “strongly advised” the CMA to pursue this strategy.

Evidently, there is a “considerable likelihood” of success this time around because of FEMA’s procedures which are expected to be different with this second appeal. The original denial and that of the first appeal were based on a focused regulatory approach to the Ocean Grove application. But this time, it is expected that FEMA will view the situation with a “more holistic ” assessment that will look at the “bigger picture. ”

Our elected officials in Neptune, Trenton and Washington will be asked to support the second appeal by trying again to explain the importance of our beachfront in providing public works including municipal and emergency services. In addition, the Ocean Grove boardwalk has been legally recognized as a public thoroughfare for the benefit of everyone, and it is hoped that these officials will be able to explain the situation to FEMA.

Unlike the last two go rounds, this time, the CMA will be able to apply for other sources of grants, such as from the State of New Jersey. The FEMA appeal will take about sixty days to prepare and be submitted. After that the CMA can apply for other grant sources. It is expected that the FEMA appeal will require about three months for their consideration, so a decision of approval of funds from them can be expected about end November.

Once the CMA receives funding, they will start reconstruction work at the Middle Beach. After that, they will turn their attention to the North End and the pier.

Mr. delCampo is enthused about the work of the TOGETHER fundraising campaign. “We are so pleased,” he said. So far they have raised $784,000. Of that, $93,000 is designated for the Auditorium roof, $106,000 for the beachfront and $8,000 for Thornley Chapel. The rest is “unrestricted, undesignated” money—paid and pledged.

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Tuesday morning. One. Paul Goldfinger. Click left on all photos for full view

Tuesday morning. Two. Paul Goldfinger

Roof damage at the Great Auditorium.  ©Paul Goldfinger

North End damage. Restaurant collapses at rear. Tuesday morning. Paul Goldfinger

Boardwalk pavilion. Tuesday morning. ©Paul Goldfinger

Ocean Pathway. Tuesday morning. ©Paul Golfinger

Tree down in Firemens Park

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