Category: Rentals

Rentals Are Starting off Strong on LBI

210-E-28th-St-300x225Although we have been renting out homes for the Summer of 2014 for a few months now, January is generally considered the start of the rental booking season. Obviously last year was somewhat different, and we were just getting back up and running after the storm. However, this year we are following the historical pattern, and the Rental Market has started off strong. We are obviously way ahead of last year, when we were still getting back on our feet. The encouraging sign is that we are slightly ahead of the 2012, the year before the storm. Our rental numbers are pretty much identical to that of 2 years ago, which is a great sign! We had a very good season in 2012, so hopefully that pattern continues. Our Rental Website is up-to-date with availability on rental homes, and we are adding new homes everyday. Also, our website will be getting a fresh new look coming soon! It will have a much more user friendly feel and will enhance the rental search experience. This year is starting off strong, and we are looking forward to a great 2014!

Beach Work on LBI will begin in September


Crews work on the beach in Brant Beach in spring of 2012.

  This coming September, LBI will be a part of a Beach Replenishment project that will fortify the beaches on the Island that were not fortified after SuperStorm Sandy. This is good news, as the beach areas that were fortified before the storm fared much better than those that were not. For this reason, these projects are scheduled all up and down the Jersey Shore this year. The history of these projects is certainly full of controversy, along with lawsuits, town meetings, etc. But after we saw the benefits of a replenished beach, there has not been as much resistance to these projects. There was some concern that this project would begin earlier, and would be going on throughout the busy Summer Season. After a down Summer last Season in the wake of Sandy, the concern was that this would cause another year of declining tourism revenue. Rentals so far are ahead of the pace of the beginning of 2012, before the storm. That, coupled with the news of the replenishment project starting in Sept., should make for a great Summer of 2014!

Fact vs. Fiction: The TRUTH after “Sandy”

The amount of mis-information circulating LBI in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy is mind boggling! We know it is important to be well informed so we hope the following documented information will help you in planning your next visit to beautiful Long Beach Island. FICTION: There are no grocery stores opening for the summer on LBI. FACT: Both Wawa’s, 7-11 in Ship Bottom & the ACME are open NOW! Murphy’s is scheduled to open in mid-May. FICTION: The bay is polluted with debris (houses, cars, boats, sheds, hot tubs, etc.) and there will be no fishing, sailing, kayaking, this summer FACT: The bay waters along LBI did not sustain nearly the amount of pollution from such items as our neighbors to the north. Of course there was some but clean-up is well underway and even the clam beds have been given the green light for harvesting. FICTION: There will be little or no beach access and the beaches are also full of debris. FACT: Beach clean-up and grooming began in November and has been ongoing. The local mayors assure us the beaches will be fully guarded and good to go by opening day. FICTION: Only a handful of restaurants are opening. It will be impossible to get into any of them. FACT: Most of the restaurants that are normally open in the winter are open now. Many more are scheduled to open this month. Space actually prohibits listing all of them but more than likely your favorite will be ready for you when you arrive. FICTION:Fantasy Island was wiped out; the Ferris wheel is in the bay. FACT: No no no! That was the roller coaster in the ocean in Seaside Heights. Fantasy Island is alive and well and the arcade is open on weekends now. The rides are just fine and will open on schedule. FICTION: So many businesses were wiped out, there won’t be anything to do. FACT: There are 1/2 dozen stores in Bay Village open weekends now; the rest will follow as we get closer to the season. Schooner’s Wharf sits high and was not affected. The Surflight Theater has their summer program set. Beach Haven has scheduled their concerts in the park series. Ice Cream, pizza and shopping will be plentiful! Hopefully this dispels some rumors and makes you feel better about planning your stay on LBI. If you have specific questions about your favorite spots, give us a call. We’ll be glad to speak with you and answer whatever concerns you may have. See you on the beach!

LBI is OPEN for Business!

Come on Down and See for Yourself

Post Sandy Picture taken in Beach Haven Park
Pristine & Gorgeous!

We know some of you may have some hesitation regarding the status of rebuilding and repair to Long Beach Island but be assured, there will be a summer on LBI and it will be as good as ever.  As of right now there are over 100 businesses open and it is only January!  Many of our businesses are closed at this time of the year anyway.  Those that have not re-opened yet are working on their buildings and are determined to be open by Memorial Day, or sooner.  If you drove down to LBI today you would find open bars & restaurants, deli’s, pharmacies, convenience stores, salons, gift stores & shops, banks, motels, marinas, laundromats, pizza places, liquor stores, galleries and, of course, the Van Dyk Group! Don’t Let Negative Press Ruin Your Vacation Sensation Sells! We all know that. The media isn’t going to report on any recovery projects without showing lots of devastation. LBI is NOT Ortley Beach & Mantoloking.  Ortley Beach residents are still not able to go home.  Some LBI residents have been back home since early November and everyone, except for those living in Holgate, was allowed to return by Thanksgiving.  And while Holgate still has a way to go, crews are working diligently and many of their residents have returned to their homes.

LBI Vacation Rentals Update

       Thanks to all of you who have reached out to wish us well during the aftermath of Sandy. We so appreciate your good thoughts coming our way. Our office is open and fully operational and has been since Saturday, November 10th, just days after the storm. We are thrilled that our building sustained no damage and because we are a fully electric structure, we are able to operate as per usual.   Even though 3/4 of our agents who live on LBI year round were displaced, we are back at work and here to help in any way we can.        Many of you have asked about the status of your vacation rental home. We are in the process of gathering that information right now. We have reached out to our homeowners and asked that they keep us informed as to the extent of any damage as well as to the repair schedule. We have heard from a number of owners whose properties were not damaged at all! As we hear that news, we are personally inspecting each of the homes to make sure the properties are fully accessible. Once we know that, we will begin writing leases for the 2013 season. Some of this will take time. If a property did sustain damage, owners need to be contacted by an insurance adjuster, estimates need to be gathered for repairs and the work needs to be scheduled.        We are very confident we will have a 2013 summer season and that all of our rental homes will be back to normal in time for spring. Unlike our neighbors to the north, our infrastructure is in good shape. New Jersey Natural Gas is making their way down the island and expects they will have gas restored to the entire island, with the exception of Holgate, by December 1st. The roadways in Holgate sustained more damage so that area will take a bit longer.        Some positive thoughts – Businesses are beginning to slowly open their doors. As you first come on to LBI, CVS and 7-11 are operational. Captain Johns Diner in Ship Bottom as well as the California Grill in Beach Haven Terrace opened their doors this past weekend. (Thank goodness, food is available for those of us working on LBI!) Also, the Engleside Bar/Restaurant in Beach Haven is now open.        If you have any specific questions, do not hesitate to contact us. We hope to see you soon on LBI!

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