I made my first trip to the beach for the year and found things in good shape and headed for better.  I was pleased and impressed to find many stores open but there are more to come.  Even the Ferris Wheel was dressed up for the weekend.  Beach Haven favorites and stand-bys such as Buckalews and Uncle Will’s and Hands and Fred’s Diner are open for business.  There are, however, still many signs of damage and sadness as people work to restore their summer and even year-round homes.  My friend, Nick, continues to restore the boat landing at the end of my street where there is still evidence of damage but signs of life coming back.

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These tulips had about five feet of salt water above them during Sandy.  Yet, here they are.  Nick also has most of the Purple Martin houses re-erected.


At the beach the artificial dunes created post-Sandy presently block the entrance from the street ends and give one the feeling of being on the edge of a great desert.

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Clearly, however, people are crossing the desert and the dune, and wandering around

Where'd everybody go?

Where’d everybody go?



The erosion caused by Hurricane Sandy has exposed a number of groins and jetties from past years.

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It’s a good feeling to see people back enjoying what the beach has to offer.

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26 Responses to “BACK TO THE BEACH”

  1. Pat Worley Says:

    Thank you for the beautiful update.

    • Ralph Berglund Says:

      Thanks, Pat. I was thinking during the meeting that a day-on-LBI field trip this summer would be fun. Early start for sunrise behind Old Barney and then work our way down the island.

  2. Kathleen Says:

    That is fantastic!! Thanks for sharing Ralph!!!!

  3. Bonnie Says:

    Great news!

  4. Bob Stevens Says:

    Nice “jog” about summer’s coming back.

  5. larryalyons Says:

    Good to see that things are coming back. Thanks

  6. Ken Klaus Says:

    Ralph: thank you for the wonderful signs of Spring and renewed hope on our precious LBI. Hope to see you on the first May weekend.

  7. Susan Kain Says:

    Thanks Ralph. I very much enjoyed the update and photos.

  8. Dick Says:

    Ralph great pix of the Jersey Shore… fond memories. thx

  9. Bruce Rosborough Says:

    Many thanks, Ralph!

    Seeing the world through your eyes is always heartening. Even more so this time with its signs of rebirth in the place where it is always a Beautiful Day! I look forward to returning to walk the Beach after Memorial Day.


  10. denisebushphoto Says:

    Makes me feel good to know things seem to be returning to normal. Nice post!

  11. Diane Morton Says:

    I envy the fact that you get to have your summers down there – I miss it so much! Thanks for sharing your terrific images and letting us know that everything down there is getting back to normal. Have a great summer!

  12. Sally Vennel Says:

    Glad to see that the island is coming back and you are back on it. We are still in Colorado but plan to return late May,

  13. Claire Winward Says:

    Spring is here! Life continues on – hope springs eternal and a dear friend with astute eyes and ears and a camera capture the beauty of a beloved place – Many thanks, Ralph

  14. Norrie Says:

    Thanks for the beautiful pictures Ralph! It was wonderful to see the sun shining on the ocean and we are all looking forward to another fun summer in Beach Haven!

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